Richie Gajate Garcia
Puerto Rico


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Richie Gajate-Garcia
Richie Gajate-Garcia is a drummer, percussionist, clinician and educator. He has traveled the world and recorded with many renown artists. His nickname is "El Pulpo" (which means the octopus in Spanish) a nickname given to him for his unique independence and ability to play multiple percussion instruments simultaneously.

Richie was voted to be one of the top Latin percussionists by his peers in the Modern Drummer Reader's Poll and one of the top Rock percussionists in DRUM! Magazine by its readers.

Gajate, who is Puerto Rican grew up on the island with friends of his father which included Tito Puente and Armando Peraza and an appreciation for salsa and a love for Latin percussion. Gajate obtained his bachelor's degree in Music Education from the Conservatory of Music in Chicago, as well as his teaching credentials.

Gajate is a sought after percussionist who has accompanied artists such as Phil Collins, Sting, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Diana Ross, Hiroshima, Patti Labelle, Amy Grant, Brooks and Dunn, Luis Miguel, John Denver, Art Garfunkel and many, many more.

He has recorded on soundtracks to films such as " The Italian Job", "Maid in Manhattan" with Jennifer Lopez, "I-Spy" with Eddie Murphy and the classic "The Mummy Returns" with the London Symphony. He is the percussionist of choice for the Disney studios and has played on many of the Disney Animated films such as; Kronk's New Groove, Emperor's New Groove, Brother Bear, Robots. Richie has toured the world as a top clinician for Latin Percussion Inc. and Sabian Cymbals Ltd. He has two instructional videos produced by LP and distributed by Warner Bros. entitled "Close-Up on Congas" and "Close-Up on Bongos and Timbales" from the Adventures in Rhythm series.

He is an author and has three instructional books on the market published by Warner Bros. Publications entitled "Play Timbales Now", "Play Congas Now" and "Play Bongos and Hand Percussion Now". Richie was also a contributing author to "DRUM!" Magazine.














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The Richie 'Gajate' Garcia Signature 21" Salsero Ride and two uniquely new effects, El Rayo, and Cascara are the latest Latin cymbals and sounds from SABIAN Ltd. Following the ongoing success of its El Sabor range of cymbals - the first-ever designed for Latin players - SABIAN has collaborated with Garcia to introduce the concept of unique percussion pieces directly into the drum and percussion setup.

Lathed around its low-profile raw bell and outer edge, the medium-heavy 21" Salsero Ride is a bright, rapidresponse cymbal created for the fiery blend of Latin, Jazz and Fusion played by Garcia, whose credits include Hiroshima and Phil Collins. It's sound is tight across the unlathed bow and cutting on the bell, while opening up at the lathed base of the bell and outer edge of the cymbal. Fitted with finger cymbals, El Rayo (the Lightning) is a flat cymbal that overlays the snare drum head. The interaction of El Rayo with the drum produces a penetrating gated white-noise effect, like a synth-drum.

The Cascara (the Shell) is a curved solid bronze plate that can be mounted to the side of a floor tom or timbale. Played with a stick or beater, it produces a dry, metallic response that resonates with the drum. It is designed for playing ostinato and clave patterns or playing into solos and funky sticking patterns.
















Richie Gajate Garcia - Walfredo Reyes jr. - Kevin Ricard - Ray Yslas



Richie Garcia - Alex Acuna - Luis Conte - Rudy Regalado







Richie Gajate Garcia - Tito Puente - Mary Garcia



Richie Gajate Garcia - Daniel Reyes - Giovanni Hidalgo















Giovanni Hidalgo - Richie Garcia - Armando Peraza



Sheila E. - Richie Gajate Garcia






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