LENNY CASTRO

Percussionist

They say that music is the language of the soul, and nothing could be truer for this Musician. An inspirational artist, Lenny Castro has earned the reputation as a talented musician and skillful performer. From live gigs to studio sessions and more, Lenny Castro continues to touch fans around the world with his distinct and enjoyable musical style and sensitivity.  Explore the site and check out his music and Enjoy!!!

WHAT LENNY'S UP TO......

Hi Everyone,

   I finally got to updating my website. SO much has happened not only in the Music Industry but the world. I don't know where to start but I will say that when so much in the world is changing, we must move to the next level or step, whatever you want to call it. Easier said then done I know but not impossible.

   First I want to express my sadness for the loss of two heroes of mine, Joe Porcaro and Emil Richards. They were very important in my life in many ways. They supported me when I first came in on the studio scene. I will never forget them and I will carry on there spirit of the drum....

     I have not done any recording sessions in a long time but I have moved to recording at home.With the help of some great friends that schooled me in basic engineering and Pro Tools, and a great mic collection courtesy of Beyerdynamics and Electro-Vox I now have recording capability at home. Most of my friends in my inner circle of musicians already know this but I am putting this out to the public now in case there are others who would like my services. You can contact me through this website and submit a Mp3 of the project or tunes you have and we will work out the fee. So far, I have done work for Joe Williams on his new project and also Bill Chaplain and a few others. Its fun. I did a wonderful show with Simon Phillips about a month ago for Carbonite Studios. It was great fun to play live even though we had NO audience. I think you can still see it. Check on Carbonite Studios.com to see if it is still being shown. I am also working on a new CD. Its full of surprises!More info later......

   I hope everyone gets through these ordeals, Covid, Racism, and ignorance in high places. I miss being on the road!!!! I miss Japan too most of all and all my friends and family everywhere.  Don't know when things will come back and if it does, in what way can this happen again. We will survive, we MUST!I will continue to play and record at home or wherever. I will not forget who I AM too!Be Well, All of you......Much Love!

P.S.

Thank you to all the people who have sent me emails. If I didn't answer yours, I apologize. I'll try to answer them all. Especially the one about shakers, you know who you are...hahaha

ABOUT LENNY....

Hands of Silk and Stone

 

A Passionate Performer

 Born in N.Y.C., N.Y on Sept. 19th. 1956  

Son of musician, Hector L. Castro, who was pianist and Musical Director for Johnny Pacheco and Celia Cruz as well as having his own group, Conjunto Candela. His first conga and drum set were given to him by his stepfather, George Cordero. Lenny went to the same high school his father attended, Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music and Art. Lenny also attended Mannes College Of Music, Third Street Music School, All-Boro Band and Orchestra, All High School Band and Orchestra as well as playing in Salsa bands like Johnny Colon, Eddie Palmieri and other local NY bands at the age of 14. At age 19 he was discovered by Melissa Manchester working at the Frank Ippolioto’s Pro Drum Shop. Shortly after that Melissa and the band moved to L.A. where he met musicians like Steve Lukather, David Garfield, Carlos Vega, as well as The Porcaro Family, Chuck Delmonico, and many other. Soon becoming a part of the L.A. scene himself. He Started to work for many producers in L.A. like Richard Perry, Leon Ware, John Stronach, Vini Poncia, James Newton Howard, Bill Schnee, Tommy Lipuma, Russ Tittleman and Lenny Worenker, John Stroud and others.

  Lenny has recorded and toured in America and around the world with artist like: Melissa Manchester, Stevie Wonder, Rolling Stones, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Robert Palmer,Lil Feat, U2, Christopher Cross, Avett Bros., Joe Sample, Toto, Boz Scaggs, Ricky Lee Jones, Diana Ross, Matsu Takako, Sadao Watanabe, Sahashi, Love Psycodelico, T-Square, B'z, Boney James, Richard Elliot, Wayne Shorter, Adele, Glen Frey, The Eagles, Dan Fogelberg, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Phil Upchurch, George Benson, Steve Lukather, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Rufus and Chaka Kahn, Brian Culbertson, Rick Braun, Eros Ramazzotti, Noel Gallagher, Kid Rock, Micheal Lington, Peter White, Liza Minelli, Maroon 5, Dave Koz, Jeff Lorber, Micheal Bublè, Justin Beiber, Justin Timberlake, Dave Sanborn, Amy Grant, Papa Roach, Kirk Whalum, The Crusaders, Cecilia Noël, Colin Haye, The Wallflowers, Tom Petty, Dolly Parton, Clint Black, Dwight Yoachum, Rod Stewart, Al Jarreau, The Rockettes, Bette Midler, George Duke, Dido, Mars Volta, The Dickies, Peter Criss, Joe Cocker, Joe Bonamassa, Zucchero, Neil Larsen, Larsen Feiten Band, Karizma, Los Lobotomys, Marti Pellow, Joe Williams, Bill Champlin, Cecil Womack, Phantom Blues Band, Don Felder, Valerie Carter, Jeniffer Warnes, Chromeo, Lenny Kravitz, Brian Bromberg, Eugene Groove, Darden Smith, Dan Fogelberg, Ed Sheeran, Judith Owens, Dan Segal, Neil Young, Cat Stevens, Jeffery Osborne, Terry Wollman, Wet Willie, John Mayer, B.B. King, Jellyfish, Leonard Cohen, Pat Benatar, Amy Grant, Roy Orbison, All-Americam Rejects, Colin Haye, Puddle of Mud, Wolfmother, Joe Cocker, Macy Gray, Steve Cole, Peabo Bryson, Micheal Nesmith, Tonic, Celine Dion, Iggy Pop, Gordon Ligthfoot  and many, many more. He is currently working with the band Toto in the studio and live as well as on his own solo projects. His first CD, "Hands Of Silk And Stone" is out and available for purchase and his second is in the works.

He has also worked on films such as Close Encounters of a Third Kind, Hancock, The Fugitive, Four Brothers, 9 to 5, Lion King the Movie, Outbreak and many commercial jingles for US Post Office, C&H Sugar, Pork, Toyota, and Burger King, and a Richard Simmons Exercise Video to name a few and animation series like Family Guy, American Dad, The Simpsons, Phineas and Ferb, Sofia the Great.

CONTACT LENNY......

Want to learn more about Lenny Castro, his music, or hire him to play on your project? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with him.....

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