Basic Background Info

Birth: Unknown
Location: Los Angeles, California
Band: Stevie Wonder, Sheila E., Sergio Mendez, Herb Alpert, Tania Maria, Scott Henderson, Frank Gambale, Dianne
Genres: Latin Rock, Jazz
Instruments: Drums, Percussion
Occupation: Musician, Producer



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.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1984 Love Explosion Tania Maria
1988 Take For Examples This... Billy Childs
1989 Live Frank Gambale
1990 Thunder from Down Under Frank Gambale
1990 Primal Magic Strunz & Farah
1991 Tribal Tech Scott Henderson & Gary Willis
1991 Midnight Passion Freddie Ravel
1993 Tales from Home Ciro Hurtado
1994 Art and Survival Dianne Reeves
1995 Storyteller Ricardo Silveira
1996 The Palo Alto Diane Reeves
1996 Feels Good Michael Ruff with Straitjacket
1998 Avenues of Love Marilyn Scott
2001 Walking with Strangers Marilyn Scott
2001 My Dream Come True Ryan DeHues
2002 Baila Cinderella Hubert Laws
2002 Rites of Passage Alien Accent
2010 Street Talk Dan Carlin & Friends
2012 Black Coffee David & Rachel Diggs


  • Joey Heredia is known for his blending of many different styles of music, showing his Latin East Los Angeles roots with new aged jazz.
  • Has played for numerous famous artists ranging from Tania Maria to Stevie Wonder to Carole King.
  • Many people would say that Joey Heredia is a Latin percussionist who added a drum set to his arsenal; however, Joey would beg to differ as he was primarily a drumset player who later added other percussion.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Sabian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Electronics: Audix
Percussion: Latin Percussion
Sticks: Vater

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