Jam Session on 2nd Features Chamo

On November 10, internationally-renowned percussionist Chamo and award-winning drummer Lou Santiago, Jr., will host a gathering of local and national musicians for a late night concert.  “Jam Session on 2nd” will feature original and new renditions of songs from the funk, soul, Latin and rock genres and will help welcome attendees of the 2004 Percussive Arts Society International Conference (PASIC) to Nashville.  The event will take place at the BB Kings Blues Club and Restaurant on 152 2nd Avenue and will begin at 9 p.m.  There will be a $10 cover charge at the door.  
“Normally as a percussionist there are a lot of rules to abide by,” says Chamo.  “When Lou and I decided to put together the jam session we decided to leave out those rules.  We are going to be mixing a lot of styles and rhythms and bringing in a lot of great musicians to help us out.  We just hope the audience has a blast dancing and enjoying the music.”
“I want the audience to experience something new,” says Santiago.  “This is going to be an exciting event that we hope will make a positive difference in someone’s life.  More than anything we don’t want this to be about us, but about the music.”
Having worked with an impressive list of artists and producers including Celia Cruz, Marcos Witt, Ron Kenoly, Rachel Lampa and Jaci Velasquez, as well as being a current member of Dove Award-winning Christian music recording artist Salvador, twenty-six year old percussionist Chamo has a professional career that is already a decade old.  While attending the José Luiz Paz Conservatory of Music as a teenager in Venezuela, Chamo was invited to become a member of one of Venezuela’s professional orchestras and began touring throughout Latin America.  His unique percussion technique, which was pulled from traditional Venezuelan rhythms, helped to make him a popular clinician in the surrounding Latin American countries.  Chamo is quickly becoming a highly-acclaimed percussionist in the United States.
Santiago was chosen as Modern Drummer magazine’s “Undiscovered Drummer of 2003” and has since that time become a respected drummer and clinician throughout the United States and Europe.  He has trained at New York City’s famed Drummer’s Collective (now known as simply The Collective) and worked with prominent drummers such as Peter Retzlaff, Adriano Santos, Michael Lauren, Fred Klatz, Memo Acevedo, Kim Plainfield, Ian Froman and bassist Matthew Garrison.  In addition to his full schedule of drum clinics, Santiago is also a staff member of Little Kids Rock, an organization that provides music education for children in the New York and New Jersey areas.  Through his involvement with the organization, Santiago was featured along with Little Kids Rock founder David Wirsch in Time Magazine and on CBS’s “The Early Show,” following the release of the popular movie, “School of Rock.”  Santiago currently endorses Sonar drums, Meinl cymbals and percussion, Vic Firth drumsticks and Evans drumheads.

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