Born and raised in east San Jose. Influenced by the great concerts in
the Bay Area and all the music within my own family. The a.m. radio at
the time brought us Jimi Hendrix, Little Richard, BB King and Donny
Hathaway in the same half hour. My family brought me homegrown pure
folklorico music from Mexico. Dancing and playing and singing. Mix it
all together and you get bands like War, Santana and Tower of Power –
which are all heavy influences into how I think of rhythms and music.
I started out on the accordion. A great big one. Bigger...