Jose started playing drums back in 1980, attended Musicians Institute in 1990 and studied with Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey, Casey Scheuerell, Matt Laug, Dave Beyer, Chuck Flores and Efrain Toro. At graduation he was awarded the “Best Hand Technique Award” sponsored by Sabian Cymbals. In 1993 he started working with Ednita Nazario.
His credits include: Ednita Nazario, Odd John Hawkins, Frank Ceara, Jean Rodriguez, Cucco Peña, Erika Ender, Amanda Miguel, Diego Verdaguer, Tommy Torres, Cheo Feliciano, Glenn Monroig, Beto Cuevas (La Ley), John Elefante (ex Kansas), Mark Hoyt, Sugar Hill Gang, Pedro Capo, Nore Feliciano, multi grammy winner Olga Tañon, Luis Fonsi, Robby Rosa, Jose “El Profesor” Gomez, ONGO, Gaby Vidal (VY), Franky Suarez and Friends, Marc Anthony, Alberto Carrion,Marco Antonio Solis, Victoria Sanabria, Charlie Aponte, Orquesta Filarmonica Arturo Somohano, Natalia Jimenez, Ramon Vazquez, producer Kervin Lebron, Lourdes Robles, Ricky Martin, Yaire, Millie Corretjer, Wilkins (live DVD Unplugged), Jose Feliciano, Papo Lucca (album Latin Jazz) Roberto Rohena, Lucesita, Danny Rivera, Nydia Caro, Cachete Maldonado, Danilo Perez, Erick Figueroa, Jose Lugo, Julio Sabala, Idale, Rucco Gandia y Radio Pirata, Rene Farrait, Deddie Romero, Broky On Band (B.O.B) , Elias Lopes, Luis Rojas (album Vampiros, Angeles y Vagabundos) Jorge Laboy, Lunna, Antonio Barasorda, Angel Carrion (album Sonidos Urbanos), Ana Baiana, Martha and the Vandellas, Samuel Hernandez, El Reencuentro (former Menudo members) Tito Nieves (album Asi Fue), Lissette, Sophy, The Shirelles, Latin Grammy winner Charlie Sepulveda, and many others…
One of his main projects is Odd John Hawkins, a fusion / prog / jam band with influences as varied as King Crimson, Grateful Dead, Phish and many others. Jose joined the band in time to record their second album Detective and with them had the oportunity to perform as a pre concert party band for artists such as Steve Vai and Sons of Apollo. As 2018 comes to an end the band has recorded new material to be included on the band’s third album. A few tracks will be available for free on different platforms. Click here to listen to the free tracks: Track 1 – Negra, Track 2 – Lee Hazlewood
Odd John Hawkins – Ventana al Jazz by Heineken
Broky On Band (B.O.B) (Ringo Starr Opening Act in Puerto Rico)
Jose has been working with Ednita Nazario for over 20 years now. In 2017 he played with her the 17 show at the Coliseo de PR making her the artist with the biggest amount of shows performed on that venue. Toping artists as big as Ricky Martin. 2019 will be the year of a new album and tour with a new show at the Coliseo de PR in May 2019
In 2015 record a new DVD set at the Performing Arts Center in Santurce.
Since 2001 all of her 9 albums (studio and live) have reached the Number 1 spot on the Billboard Latin Pop Charts. He has recorded 4 live albums:
- Acustico Volume 1 (CD) 2003 Latin Grammy and Latin Billboards Awards Nominee (Latin pop album of the year)
- Acustico Volume 2 (CD) 2004 Latin Billboard Award Nominee (Latin pop album of the year)
- Apasionada Live – Tour 2006 CD and DVD
- Real en Vivo – Tour 2008 CD and DVD (Billboard Latin Music Awards Nominee – Top latin album of the year.