Above live in concert performance before 17,000 fans in Jakarta, Indonesia. Charity effort helping Tsunami victims and their familes. Others artists featured included James Brown and Band , Earth Wind and Fire, and a host of others.
Eumir Deodato with Italian RAI Symphony Orchestra showing his classic styles.
Widely known as one of the most prolific, respected, inspirational and sought-after producer, arranger, composer, performer in the music world, Deodato was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from Italian and Portuguese origin. A distant relative of Enrico Caruso, Deodato got started by playing the accordion at age 12. Shortly after, he started studying piano as well as orchestration, arranging and conducting, by himself, through books and observation and spending many evenings sitting behind orchestras and watching how they played. His first break came at age 17, when he arranged and conducted his first recording session for a 28-piece orchestra. Soon after, Deodato became one of the most respected arrangers and pianists in Rio's busy music scene during the bossa-nova era. At his parents' request, he continued his college studies for 3 more years, but eventually dedicated himself exclusively to music by playing and recording for such artists as Milton Nascimento, 'Marcos Valle', Elis Regina and Antonio Carlos Jobim. In 1967, Deodato moved to New York invited by Luiz Bonfá, the legendary composer of "Black Orpheus" ('Morning Of Carnival'). Besides arranging many of Bonfá's records, Deodato also did extensive studio work for 'Astrid Gilberto', Walter Wanderley, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Marcos Valle, and many other Brazilian artists who were living in New York at that time. Shortly after that, he started working with Jazz artists such as Wes Montgomery, Ray Bryant and Stanley Turrentine. Later on, he achieved a strong reputation in the fields of pop and black music, arranging for Frank Sinatra("Sinatra & Co."), Roberta Flack ("Killing Me Softly", "Chapter Two", "Quiet Fire"), Aretha Franklin ("Let Me In Your Life") and many others. Deodato has also worked on several movie scores, though this has never been his main occupation. Among them: The Onion Field (1979), Black Pearl (1970), The Gentle Rain (1966) and Target Risk (1975). He then exploded into the music scene as a leader, with his phenomenally successful version of "Also Sprach Zarathustra", mostly known as "2001: A Space Odyssey", taken from his acclaimed - and now legendary - solo debut album in the USA, "Prelude". The "2001" single became a mega hit, reaching the top pop charts in the USA as well as in many other countries, with sales of over 5 million copies at that time. Deodato received many awards from Billboard, Cashbox, Record World and Payboy magazines, culminating with a Grammy for best Pop/Rock Instrumental Performance and a nomination for Best Pop Artist of that year. After performing at the Hollywood Bowl with the CTI All-Stars Band, in 1972, due to a lot of requests, Deodato formed his own group. His debut appearance as a leader, billed as "2001 Space Concert", was at the Madison Square Garden, in New York 1973. After 7 years of world wide touring (including Australia, Japan, China, South America, Europe) and 8 coast to coast tours of the US, Deodato decided to concentrate on studio work once again, and get to work as a producer as well. Besides highly successful solo albums for the CTI, MCA, Warner And Atlantic labels, his work as a producer/arranger earned him several more laurels. One of his first productions was Kool and The Gang's "Celebration" (number 1 pop single), which projected him as one of the world's top producers. Since then he has applied his Midas touch in best selling albums for such acts as Earth, Wind & Fire, Michael Franks, Gwen Guthrie, Chuck Mangione, Breakfast Club, The Dazz Band, One Way, Con-Funk-Shun, Pretty Poison, Kevin Rowland (Dixie's Midnight Runners), White Lion and Brenda K. Starr for whom he produced the Top 5 pop hit "I Still Believe" in 1987. Not to mention three other multi-platinum albums for Kool & The Gang: "Lady's Night", Something Special" and "As One". To this date, Deodato has 16 platinum records to his credit as artist, arranger or producer with combined sales of well over 25 million records in the USA alone. His discography goes over 450 albums, including compilations and all the albums as arranger, producer and/or keyboardist. Deodato has also had the honor to perform with many Symphony Orchestras, including the St. Louis Symphony (which backed him on the superb "Artistry" album), the Cincinnati Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Orchestra di Musica Leggera dell' Unione Musicisti di Roma. Artists such as George Benson, Lee Ritenour, Sarah Vaughan, Milt Jackson, Joe Pass, Duke Pearson, Perez Prado, The Emotions and many others have covered his songs. In the 90s, Deodato continues to be a vital force in the pop scene, working with Icelandic singer Bjork. Besides the arrangements for her last three albums, "Post" (1995), "Telegram" (1996) and "Homogenic" (1997), Deodato produced a highly praised acoustic version of Bjork's "Isobel", sub-titled "Deodato Mix" which became a favorite in the club scene. He has also produced material for French singer Clémentine (touring Japan with her, as a special guest in 1994), arranged and produced a top 10 single for Brazilian singer Gal Costa (1996). He has also performed as guest conductor with Bjork both in Brazil (1996), and in USA, at the Tibetan Freedom Concerts at Downing Stadium (1997). In 1998, Deodato arranged for Brazilian pop acts: Titãs ("Vol. II", with sales over 500,000 copies) and Carlinhos Brown ("Omelete Man"), as well as for the latest album by pop-rock band "Penélope Charmosa", released in 1999. He was also special guest on the latest project by Japanese pop star Akemi Kakihara, recorded in London on summer 98. In 1999, he scored Bossa Nova (2000), a Bruno Barreto film, starring Amy Irving and, in the year 2000, produced the CD of that score for Verve Records.
His most recent projects including production work for Brazilian-Japanese singer Lisa Ono and for jazz singer Ann Hampton Callaway. Deodato has also worked on several movie scores, including The Onion Field, The Black Pearl, Ghostbusters II, White Nights, The Girl From Ipanema, The Adventurers (recorded with A.C. Jobim and the London Symphony Orchestra), The Gentle Rain, Target Risk, The Reporter, Beat Street, Body Rock and Bossa Nova. His recordings have also been widely used on major movies such as Being There and The Exorcist.
In recent times Deodato produced albums for K.D. Lang, Plus is being reguarly sampled by rap artists such as Will Smith, Lady Ga Ga, Snoop Dog, Biggie Smalls, 2 Pac , Will I Am, Lupe Fiasco, and too many others to list.
Today Deodato still progresses as a conductor, arranger , maestro and innovator for the centuries. There are few living legends holding the keys to so many hit songs.Deodato is a man that is truly responsaible for shaping popular music as we know it with his diversity within genres. Deodato 's compositions are responsible for millions and millions of dance grooves and timeless melodies that are to last forever standing the test of time.
Experience the abundance of Eumir's illustrious works available at all outlets including YOUTUBE , Amazon, I Tunes , local record shops and other retail locations.
Jimi Hendrix to Jennifer Lopez Gerardo is one of the best percussionists of all time.
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Gerardo Velez was only a teenager when performing with Jimi Hendrix @ Woodstock1969. This was the beginning of an illustrious career spanning decades as one of the worlds best percussionists alive today or ever. He was a longtime partner of Jimi's. Gerardo works closely and globally with superstars Steve Winwood, Chic,Marc Anthony, JLO, Buddy Miles, Jessica Simpson, Black Eyed Peas , Stevie Wonder , Joan Baez, is a multiple Grammy winner and is one of the founding members of pioneers Spyro Gyra. Gerardo has toured the world over 40 years performing and bringing irresistable dance grooves and smiles to millions and millions.Gerardo continues to be ever progressing each day musically and spiritually and living life to the fullest. Gerardo is also a gifted writer and producer handling international music business and affairs for many famous stars.He is a man that has seen and done it all yet still keeps his down to earth ways pleasing the masses with his ferocious beats.
Gerardo's tireless energy may not be captured in words and to be in his presense brings joy to all of those around him. Catching Gerardo's pure passion flowing onstage will have you elated and moving without a doubt.
See Gerardo's YouTube Film Montage at video link above on left.
Kenn pictured in Jakarta, Indonesia while performing with Deodato Group between James Brown Band members Mousey & Spike. 17,000 in audience at capacity stadium in 2006.Benefit concert for Tsunami victims and their families. 4,000 concerts in Kenn's lifetime handling business as performer . Management . Producer.
Kenn became a fan and aware of maestro Eumir Deodato,RickDerringer, Buddy Miles at an early in his childhood while growing up in New Jersey. He was intensely drawn especially into Deodato, Rick's , & Buddy's music because of their heartfelt vibe, groove, and relatable lyrics plus memorable melodies on each song. Eventually, Kenn went on to successfully perform and book his own show band during 1982 - 1992. Touring extensively in Atlantic City , Las Vegas , Catskills & Poconos with over 2,000 shows as a Band Leader . Entertainment Director. Talent Purchaser. Kenn then went on to play drums, assist with vocals, producing, writing partner with the late and greatest Mister George "Buddy" Miles * (Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana,Electric Flag,California Raisins,Buddy Miles, Express, etc., One of the greatest all around talents ever.
May God be resting Buddy's immortal soul. With 7 amazing years touring around the world and learning from the best at more than 800 concerts during (1994 - 2000)
Beyond partnering with friend Eumir Deodato, Kenn works fulltime with master of the universe Rick Derringer (Grammy winner and "Guitar Hero" performing, producing writting for Kiss , Johnny & Edgar Winter, Barbra Streisand Hall & Oats, Alice Cooper,Todd Rundgren, Weird Al Yankovic, Cyndi Lauper, Todd Rundgren, Meatloaf, Ritchie Havens, Steely Dan, Ringo Starr & too many other stars. Plus Rick has more hits than you can count. It has been Kenn's personal life mission to work closely with Mister Rick Derringer. All of this proving that dreams will be lived ! See Kenn on tour with TheRick Derringer Band @ www.rickderringer.com
Kenn continues performing and managing RickDerringer and Deodato. Touring around the globe including concert events in Russia, Africa, Asia, South America, Azerbajain, Guatemala, Indonesia, Phillippines, Europe, South America, Scandinavia, Canada., more...
Kenn has been commissioned to perform before 4 Presidents, dozens of Prime Ministers, and other dignitaries at the World Economic Summit in Moscow & Saint Petersburg, Russia. He has shared stagesproduced . performed with legends James Brown, Scorpions, Bo Diddley, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Earth Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, King Crimson, The Ramones, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Phish, Billy Preston , Kansas,Willie Nelson to name a few. It has always been Kenn's work to be "aligning the stars ".
"May the continued blessings keep coming in with much thanks to family and friends for any success. Faith in God are our reasons to be. Taking not one second of this gifted and thankful life for granted. Health & happiness to all the fans ! "
Location: New York City
Instruments: Drums, Vovals
Arstist Management: Song 3 Productions International