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Waldo Madera
Waldo Madera
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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: Ricky Martin
  • Country: United States

Born in Queens, NY, April 12th 1968, Waldo Madera started his career as a professional drummer at the age of 15 with the Dominican-Brazilian groups "Maguey" and "Irka & Tadeu Con Trabanda" in Dominican Republic.

Throughout their career, they played several times at the Montreal Jazz Festival and also many other Jazz Festivals through out Canada, Dominican Republic and Europe. Between 1987 to 1991 he studied at the Manhattan School of Music NY, and soon after got the opportunity to play with some of the great Latin Jazz artists such as Paquito D'Rivera, Rafael Cruz and Dave Valentine amongst others.

In 1991 he moved to Mexico City and quickly started working in the local jazz scene with some of the best Mexican artists such as Chilo Moran, Roberto "Betuco" Arballo, Hector Infanzon, Cristobal Lopez and many others. At the same time he made a name for himself in the Pop world as a session and touring musician, working with many artist like Emmanuel, Ricardo Arjona, Pandora, Jose Luis "El Puma" Rodriguez, Juan Luis Guerra, Christian Castro, Francisco Cespedes, Edith Marquez, Ely Guerra, Sasha Socol, Munecos de Papel and Chantal. For the last eight years Waldo has worked and toured with Latin superstar Ricky Martin

He released his first solo album in 1995 under BMG/ Coyoacan Records and is currently working on his next release.

Waldo's work can also be appreciated on Hector Infanzon's new CD "Nos Toca", under the label Opsion Sonica.

Waldo Madera recorded a live album and DVD with Latin Superstar Juanes for Latin Channel Tr3’s - MTV Unplugged on February 01, 2012. This project was produced by the legendary Latin singer-songwriter Juan Luis Guerra and was recorded/filmed at the the South Florida’s premiere classical entertainment venue, the New World Center. Juanes composed several new songs for the project which premiered during the live show. The project is scheduled for a street release date in May 2012 with a worldwide promotional tour to follow.


* First Olimpiada Rock in Dominican Republic July 1985

* Participated in 13 Jazz Astwood Concerts Dominican Republic. 1985 - 1987

* Maguey: Four months of presentations in the T.V Channel Tele Antillas. Dominican Republic 1986

* Irka & Tadeu with Trabanda Opening act for Sergio Mendez's concert in Altos de Chavon, Dominican Republic 1987.

* First Jazz Festival in Santo Domingo. Dominican - American Institute 1987.

* Montreal International Jazz Festival. With Irka & Tadeu with Trabanda. Canada 1988 - 1989.

* Ottawa International Jazz Festival. With Irka & Tadeu with Trabanda. Canada 1988 - 1989.

* Hull International Jazz Festival. With Irka & Tadeu with Trabanda. Canada 1989.

* Paquito D' Rivera's Band. New York 1989 - 1990.

* Heineken Jazz Festival. With Luigi Lazareno & Cocktel Mexico City 1992.

* New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Hector Infanzon's Quartet 1994 - 1995.

* Three days of clinics and concerts at the Expromusica S.T.U.M. Mexico City 1997 - 1998.

* The Cancun Jazz Week 1998. Hector Infanzon's Quartet was the opening act for Ivan Lins, George Benson, Najee, among others 1998.

* MTV Video Music Awards 1999 With Ricky Martin

* Billboard Music Awards 1999 With Ricky Martin

* Z100's Jingle Ball 1999 With Ricky Martin

* One Night Only CBS Special With Ricky Martin, Carlos Santana & Jose Feliciano 1999.

* Festival Internacional de Jazz With Victor Mendoza. Mexico 1999.

* First International Festival Of Marimba Players With Victor Mendoza. Mexico 1999.

* Grammy Awards 2000 With Ricky Martin

* British Awards 2000 With Ricky Martin

* The Greatest Love Gala. Royal Albert Hall With Ricky Martin. London,UK. 2000

* 1st. Latin Grammy Awards With Ricky Martin, Celia Cruz, Michel Camilo, Dave Valentine, Arturo Sandoval, Sheila E and other great musicians. USA 2000.

* Z100's Jingle Ball 2000 With Ricky Martin. USA 2000

* Billboard Music Awards with Ricky Martin. USA 2000

* MTV Europe Music Awards with Ricky Martin. Stockholm, Sweden 2000

* MTV Video Music Awards with Ricky Martin. USA 2000

* M6 Awards 2000 with Ricky Martin. France 2000

* An Audience With Ricky Martin. London, UK 2000

* American Music Awards with Ricky Martin. USA 2001

* Super Bowl XXXV Saturday Night MTV/ CBS Special with Ricky Martin. USA 2001

* The U.S. Inauguration of President and Vice-president Opening Ceremony


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