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

Gerardo "Jerry" Velez said,

"It was my birthday, and my first professional performance, and I was playing with the greatest guitarist in rock and roll history Jimi Hendrix?.what a weekend!"

"The right place at the right time" has guided Gerardo's legacy in life. Mr. Velez went on to perform with such luminaries as David Bowie, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Destiny's Child, Stevie Nicks, Chaka Khan, Marc Anthony and countless others. Then he was poised for greatness as an original member of the Best Selling Contemporary Jazz Groups of all time Spyro Gyra, garnering multiple Gold and Platinum recording awards, also best new group of 1978, several number one hit songs, Billboard Magazine's Jazz Band of the 80's and 14 Grammy Nominations.

Mr. Velez's event company Gerardo Velez Productions (GVP) has been producing hundreds of shows and events since 1981. Nationally and internationally creating events, gala's, concerts, festivals for such clients as New York Stock Exchange, The Security Traders Association of New York, Bank of America, HBO, Comedy Central, SAP Software, Time Warner, Donna Karan, Chopard Jewelry, Mirimax Films, and Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino just to mention a few.

To fulfill the need for change and spectacle in Las Vegas Mr. Velez was empowered to create the concepts, music & choreography as Artistic and Music Director for several new establishments that became the places to be and be seen; The China Grill, Rock Lobster , Red Square and the famous Rum Jungle which was voted the most popular venue for three consecutive years in Las Vegas at the famed Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Mr. Velez also performed and promoted at venues such as MGM Grand, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Harley Davidson Café, Luxor, Rio, and Tao Resorts.

Mr. Velez's charitable work endeavors have been legendary having collaborated with President William Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Queen Nora, Lady Ferguson Duchess of York, Dan Rather, Bill Cosby, Michael Jackson, Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev and other worldly power brokers.

Mr. Velez created the concepts wrote the treatment and episodes , original music and had optioned for development several situation comedies to Embassy Television owned by Norman Lear the creator of "All in the Family", "The Jefferson's" , "Who's the Boss", "Different Strokes" and other groundbreaking and award winning television programs.

Through his 5 decades in entertainment, Mr. Velez has been the spokesperson for such music related companies as, Latin Percussion, Roland Electronics, Zildjian Cymbal Co., Rhythm Tech, Remo Percussion, Yamaha drums and sound equipment. His gift is his ability to enhance and represent a manufactures product with clarity and charisma which has kept him in high demand for clinics, lectures, and performances.


Additional Credits:

  • Seven (7) Grammy Nominations
  • Six (6) Gold and Platinum Recordings
  • Three (3) Amex Gold Reel Awards
  • Percussionist on over 200 celebrity recordings

Brief list of famous people Mr.Velez had the pleasure of working with:

  • Prime Minister of USSR Mikhaill Gorbachev
  • President Bill Clinton
  • Finance Minister Mr.Putin of Russia
  • Dan Rather
  • Senator Hillary Clinton
  • Barbara Walters
  • Bill Cosby
  • Micheal Jackson
  • Queen Nora of Jordan
  • Patti Labelle
  • Kimora Lee Simmons
  • Russell Simmons
  • Joy Behar
  • Natalie Cole
  • Rita Cosby
  • Gavin DeGraw
  • Jami-Lynn DiScala
  • Fran Drescher
  • Chaka Khan
  • Nelly
  • Star Jones Reynolds
  • Felicia Taylor
  • Montell Williams
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Dallas Austin
  • Jane and Burt Bacharach
  • Ellen Barkin
  • Ronald O. Perelman
  • Barbie Benton
  • George Gradow
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Michael Bolton
  • Gabriel Byrne
  • Naomi Campbell
  • Les Moonves CEO of CBS
  • Joan Collins
  • Percy Gibbons
  • Sean "Diddy" Combs
  • Damon Dash
  • Clive Davis
  • Doug Davis
  • Fred Davis
  • Lauren Davis
  • Mitchell Davis
  • Celine Dion
  • Eumir Deodato
  • Rene Angelil
  • Tracey and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds
  • Gloria and Emilio Estefan
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Bonnie Fuller
  • Allen Grubman
  • Lizzie Grubman
  • Carl Icahn
  • Marie Claudinette and Wyclef Jean
  • Sir Elton John
  • David Furnish
  • JoJo
  • Quincy Jones
  • Lee Iacocca
  • Sol Kerzner
  • Alicia Keys
  • Princess Yasmin Aga Khan
  • Shawn and Larry King
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Marc Anthony
  • Bruce Lundvall
  • Benny Medina
  • Liza Minnelli
  • Thalia and Tommy Mottola
  • Marc Packer
  • Frances W. Preston
  • Lionel Richie
  • Nile Rodgers
  • Diana Ross
  • Carol Bayer Sager
  • Bob Daly
  • Neil Sedaka
  • Jane Seymour
  • Joel Silverman
  • Jessica Simpson
  • Valerie and Ashford Simpson
  • Joss Stone
  • Angie Stone
  • Donald Toresco
  • Melania and Donald J. Trump
  • Ivana Trump
  • Pyrros Vardnoyannis
  • Denzel Washington
  • Bebe Neuwirth
  • Maria Bartiromo
  • Cynthia Rowley
  • Bobby Flay
  • Marcia Gay Harden
  • Tiki Barber
  • Peter Boyle ? Frankenstein ? Egar Winters
  • Mariska Hargitay
  • Vanessa Minnillo
  • Christina Applegate
  • Chris Meloni
  • Faith Ford
  • Michael Michele
  • Larry King
  • Donald Trump
  • Sol Kersner
  • Lorraine Bracco
  • Kelly Ripa
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Lynn Redgraves
  • Michael Jordan
  • Sir Paul McCarthy
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Mathew Modine
  • The Casts of:
  • Spam Alot
  • Hair Spray
  • Lion King
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