The centerpiece, of course, was the “Phish-ification” of the Talking Heads’ Remain in Light on Halloween, 1996, though other highlights included the famed “Crosseyed Antelope” from 11/2/96. Earlier in the year, he played on “Taste” and “Llama” during a set where Phish opened for Santana. And, of course, back in 1992 he jammed out on “You Enjoy Myself,” “Llama,” and “Funky Bitch” along with Santana himself and fellow percussionist Raul Rekow.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Perazzo has long toured with Santana and has appeared on several of Carlos’ albums. He has also recorded and played with Malo, Dizzy Gillespie, Pete and Coke Escovedo, Prince, Mariah Carey and John Lee Hooker, as well as Latino greats Tito Puente and Ruben Blades.
In addition to performing and recording, Perazzo teaches percussion. Along with Santana conguero and LP artist Raul Rekow, Perazzo starred in LP's popular instructional video From Afro-Cuban to Rock, which breaks down the complex musical rhythms of Cuban percussion. Because of their unique chemistry and infectious teaching style, Perazzo and Rekow are a sure-fire hit with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Karl has teamed up with LP to create the LP Karl Perazzo Signature Series Timbales.
Aside from all this as mentioned above Karl Perazzo still finds the time to travel the country doing clinics for the Latin Percussion Music Group. He strongly believes that the knowledge he has is not his to keep, but to be shared with people around the world!
Check out the Drum Dungeon exclusive interview with Karl HERE!
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Drum Dungeon Bio - KARL PERAZZO
Karl Perazzo, since the age of 2 has played some kind of drum or other. At age 7 he played in a band that his mother and father formed. From there he became unstoppable and went on to play with Cal Tjader while only in the 6th grade.
Karl Perazzo, born and raised in San Francisco's Mission District, has gone on to play with the best in Pop, Jazz, Rock and Latin Music. The self-taught musician is currently playing with the Santana Band. He has recorded 3 albums with Santana, one being a Live album in South America.
He has also recorded and played with Malo, Jorge Santana, Cal Tjader, Dizzy Gilespie, Andy Narrel, Ray Obiedo, Tom Coster, Pete and Coke Escovedo, Dennis Chambers, Sheila E., The Artist, Mariah Carey, Paquito D' Rivera and is on the latest John Lee Hooker album. Latin Music, such as Tito Puente, Machete, Ruben Blades and others. Perazzo is not only known nationally, but internationally as well. He is known to have recorded with some of the best acts in Japan and Italy.
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In addition to all of the above, Karl has also performed on an array of TV shows, such as American Bandstand, Soul Train, Solid Gold, Jay Leno, Johnny Carson, David Letterman, The Grammies, The American Music Awards, and was the first percussionist to be invited to sit in with The Arsenio Hall Show house band on more than one occasion, and to perform on his 100th show.
Aside from all this Perazzo still finds the time to travel the country doing clinics for the Latin Percussion Music Group. Sharing his music and abilities with others is a long time passion of his.
Karl also had a direct influence on the modern Phish sound via his weeklong tour stint in late October and early November, 1996.
Latin Percussionist Karl Perazzo demonstrates a basic cascara, uses of the bells, how to create a solo
Karl and fellow Santana percussionist Raul Rekow demonstrate some Latin Rhthyms
Interview with Karl Perazzon on LP drums.