Hi! My name is Reinaldo DeJesus
Good to be on your screen!
I'm glad you stoped by.
Basically I want you to know that when it comes down to rhythm, groovy stuff with catchy melodies, I am pretty good at it. I’m a professional world class musician (so they say :)
I love playing percussion, drums and keyboards but also, I love putting the sounds I make with those instruments in a DAW and making the speakers blast out cool music.
I have been playing music since I was a little kid in Puerto Rico. I played with many puertorrican artist and musicians.
To make a long story short…
My brothers from the reggae band Cultura Profética introduced me to the trombonist William Cepeda and he put me on a plane with his band Afro-rican Jazz to tour the world. It was incredible!
Then I found myself in Boston. A band called Entrain hired me and through gigging with them I connected with my brothers from the band Dispatch. I did a bunch of tours and recordings with them.
My brother Miguel Zenon, who I went to high school with back in PR, called me to go to West Africa for a month. By now I’m a 100% all into the music business for life.
I moved to New York City and shortly after that, I found myself at a recording studio with Ms. Lauryn Hill. She put me on a plane to go and tour Europe for three weeks. It was awesome! But before that, Ralph Irizarry called me and I was like WHAT? WHO? Ralph Irizarry?. That is one of the highlights of my life I was super excited to play with his band Timbalaye.
Then I decided to call my brothers Zaccai and Luques Curtis and Richie Barshay and we got on a plane in 2006 to tour Southeast Asia. What can I say it was an unbelievable experience.
It was so cool that we did it again but as a trio with the Curtis brothers. It was an unforgettable experience.
Then I joined the Broadway show FELA! There, I met my brothers of the Afrobeat orchestra Antibalas (Who I record and travel the world with to this day).
Then I found myself making rhythms that Carmelo Anthony would repeat dribbling a basketball for an NBA commercial filmed in Harlem.
I think I’ll wrap it up and just leave you with the fact that I LOVE making music and I am on it 24/7. It is what I was born to do. So I invite you into my musical world and hopefully you will agree with me and my sound, and we can connect sometime and create some magical moments together for the world to enjoy. I'm into music for brands, commercials, films, performance. I love studio productions. Many musical things...Or If you want I can also teach you what I know or we can just be friends and hang out and enjoy life in this beautiful world.
Your boy In Action
Carmelo's Ene-Be-A Rhythm
This is a NBA commercial I did with Carmelo Anthony from the NY Knicks.
I played a rhythm on the congas and Carmelo will dribble it. I had a great time filming this in Harlem
Reinaldo DeJesus & Marc Ribot at Montreal Jazz Festival 2018
Marc Ribot performed "Songs of resistance" at Montreal Jazz Festival 2018 . Its a project That I have the pleasure to be part of.
ReinaldoDeJesus with Miguel Zenon& TheRhythmCollective in SanJuan,PR
the Rhythm Collective first came together for a U.S. State Department tour of West Africa in 2003, and all of the music that appears on this album was conceived during—or inspired by—that experience. The edgy and the artful come together in covers and originals that don't lack for rhythmic vivacity, yet don't feel hemmed in by the grooves. The music often gives off a loose-and-open-ended feeling, but it also sizzles with percussive heat. Drummer Tony Escapa and percussionist Reinaldo DeJesus burn with the fire of a thousand suns at times, but balance their frenetic energy with a more spacious outlook. Zenón and electric bassist Aldemar Valentin share in their ability to blur lines, delivering melodic rhythms and rhythmic melodies throughout.
All about Jazz
Antibalas 2016 tour in Brasil performing at SESC Pompeia in Sao Paulo,Brasil
Dispatch @ MadisonSquareGarden
This is the view from my percussion world playing with Dispatch at MSG in NewYork.
This video is a tribute to my father. A melody I wrote with him in mind.
Dispatch @TD Garden
This is the view from my percussion world playing with Dispatch at TD Garden in Boston
Reinaldo DeJesus & CurtisBrothersQuartet
Curtis Brothers quartet at the Peekskill jazz fest July 30 2011 performing Curtis Anew with John Davis on Drums, Reinaldo Dejesus on Congas, Zaccai on Piano Luques on Bass
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