Basic Background Info
Joey Heredia was born in East Los Angeles, California, into a very musical family. Joey Heredia's father was a drummer in Los Angeles and his mother was a famous singer in Mexico, Central, and South America during the 1940s and 1950s. However, his mother retired when Joey was born and his father retired four years later when he suffered from a tragic stroke. Joey Heredia's family experienced financial hardships after his parents both retired and they were reluctant to allow Joey to pursue a career in music.
During his adolescent years, Joey Heredia struck a deal with his parents; if he received good grades in school, he could pursue music. In accordance with their deal, his parents bought Joey a Slingerland drum set for his sixteenth birthday. Armed with his new kit, Joey Heredia started playing gigs almost immediately. Joey Heredia played with mostly Top 40 bands to a primarily Latin audience in East Los Angeles. Joey Heredia occasionally filled in on the cowbell, timbale, and conga; he appealed to his childhood experience listening to his father's Latin records.
Joey Heredia found a mentor when he met Steve Loza, an ethnomusicology professor at UCLA. Loza focused his research on Latin American music, in particular that of Cuba and Mexico. Loza also authored the book "Barrio Rhythm: Mexican American Music in Los Angeles." Loza's formal instruction appeased Joey Heredia's father, who always wanted Joey to study music. Loza also helped Joey gain experience performing in the Latin East Los Angeles scene and introduced him to jazz and classical music.
Joey Heredia eventually enrolled at East Los Angeles Junior College and then at Los Angeles City College, where he studied theory, reading, and the art of big band. His professional career took off after he graduated; shortly after graduation, Joey Heredia earned a spot performing in the Dianne Reeves band.
Joey Heredia's reputation grew immensely over the next few years, and Joey played with Sergio Mendez, Brazil 88, Scott Henderson, and Frank Gambale. Joey Heredia eventually sought greater satisfaction and created his own record label, Groove Gallery Records, and his own studio in Los Angeles, appropriately named Joey's Studio.
He currently teaches the World Bass class at the Los Angeles College of Music.
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