Live Percussion


Gerardo Velez

It’s a little concert you might have heard of, 1969. Woodstock. When Jimi Hendrix took the stage and pointed to the crowd of thousands, sitting right behind him was his percussionist; Gerardo Velez.

Since then, Gerardo has performed in virtually every genre and every country,Collaborating with artists like David Bowie, Sir Elton John, Duran Duran, Slash from Guns & Roses, and everyone from Stevie Wonder to Jessica Simpson.  If the movies has the “Kevin Bacon Game”:, the music industry has the “Gerardo Velez Game”; everyone links back to him.  He’s been nominated for 7 Grammy’s. He’s romped through the charts of Billboard and is in several Halls of Fame’s.

As an event producer and music director with over 25 years experience, he’s produced events for clients like: HBO, Miramax, The New York Stock Exchange, Comedy Central, United Way, and the NFL.


Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock 1969
introducing  Gerardo "Jerry" Velez



Additional Credits:

Seven (7) Grammy Nominations

Six (6) Gold and Platinum Recordings

Three (3) Amex Gold Reel Awards

Recipient of VH1 Hip Hop Honor Awards (for the birth of Hip Hop with the song "Good Times") The greatest single selling single for Atlantic Records.

Introduction into the Rock -N- Roll Hall of Fame

Inducted into Dance Hall of Fame with CHIC

Percussionist on over 200 celebrity recordings

Gerardo is now in the process of creating "Velez Sez" A One Man Show with a new DVD Presentation coming out this fall.




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