Beyond Salsa Piano is a history and anthology of the role of the piano in the Cuban rhythm section – from its first appearance to the present. In a broader sense, it’s a study of the tumbao – the art of creating music from layers of repeating rhythmic and melodic phrases. Whether these syncopated figures are called tumbaos, guajeos, montunos, riffs or vamps, this Afro-Cuban concept lies at the heart of nearly every popular music genre from salsa to rock , funk, R&B, hiphop and jazz.

While presented as a set of method books, the series doubles as a history course and record collecting guide for listeners, dancers, and players of instruments other than the piano.

Perhaps the most important goal of the series is to provide a comprehensive understanding of how tumbaos are constructed, their central role in the texture of Latin music of all eras, and the endless possibilities they provide for creative composing and arranging.


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Premier west coast salsa.

Founded by vocalist Armando Cordoba and Santana's percussionist Karl Perazzo, this 13-piece San Francisco based salsa band features four electrifying bilingual singers, four trombones, one of the hottest rhythm sections on the west coast, and best of all, swinging, tight, hard-hittin' salsa!

Special Section on Karl Perrazo:
Every musician has an idol, a performer or group that embodies what they wish to become. From his childhood in San Francisco, Karl Perazzo wanted to play with Santana. "I used to play with the band when I was younger," he jokes, "but then the needle broke."

However, young Perazzo did have considerable talent, and had played with Cal Tjader, Malo, Ray Obiedo, Prince and Andy Narell by the time he was 12. His life-long dream was realized in 1991 when he joined Santana to play timbales. Perazzo has also performed and recorded with Mariah Carey, Dizzy Gillespie, Phish, The United Nations Orchestra and John Lee Hooker.

In addition to performing and recording, Perazzo teaches percussion. Along with Santana conguero and LP endorser 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. -source:, Karl is an 'LP' sponsored clinician.

Left: Karl's 'LP' poster. Above: his two instructional videos with Raul Reckow (conguero for Santana). Right: Karl on the cover of Modern Drummer magazine with Raul Reckow and Dennis Chambers.

SOLO VIDEO -- Check out Karl's incredible talent with this video of a solo performance at a Winter NAMM. You will see Sheil E. right at the beginning, clapping after they introduce Karl. Then he proceeds to burn on 'bongo' and then on 'timbales'. Enjoy!