Percussionist/bandleader/composer Johnny Blas is a New York native who has performed and recorded in the world of Jazz and Latin music for over 25 years. His diverse experience has enabled him to equally display his exceptional talents, energy and profound versatility, by leading a Latin Jazz Band. His mastery of music allows him the ability to easily adapt and cover a broad spectrum. Johnny's rich fresh sound captivates his audience like no other. Johnny has 5 Latin Jazz CD recordings out under the Cubop Label. The recordings showcase a majority of his own original arrangements.
His music is currently played in the Top 10 U.S. radio markets and throughout Europe.
Johnny Blas is currently endorsed by: Pearl Drum & Percussion, Pro-Mark Drumsticks, Orlando Woodwind Instruments, Evans Drums Heads, Pro Tec & Rico Reeds
Johnny has been featured at the follwoing Events & Venues:
Playboy Jazz Festival, Long Beach Blues Festival, LA Central Jazz Festival, House of Blues, Hermosa Beach Festival, OC Jazz Festival, Pomona Jazz Festival, Chicago Salsa Festival 2009, Navy Pier Beer Garden 2009, Arriba Arriba Downtown Disney, Latin Jazz Caravan KLON Radio, Steamers Jazz Café, Catalina Bar & Gril, KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Fest, Carnivale, Cagney's, Excalibur Nightclub & The Cubby Bear in Wrigleyville.
Johnny has been featured in the following magazines: Billboard Magazine, Modern Drummer, Latin Beat, Drum Magazine, Traps Magazine & Descarga Magazine
His original Music has been used By: Budweiser, Miller Beer Co., The New Fantasy Island T.V. Show, The Jamie Fox T.V. Show & Con-Funk-Shun
Television Appearances include Dr. Pepper Commercial W/Celia Cruz & Paulin Rubio & Jamie Fox Show
Johnny Has Performed For: Benson & Hedges, Levis Strauss, Dockers & Bally's Total Fitness
Johnny has performed with: El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Dan Siegal, Poncho Sanchez, Greg Adams, Francisco Aguabella, Chuck Loeb, Dave Pike, Marc Quinones, Nils, Charlie Musselwhite, William Cepeda, Roberto Torres & Bobby Allende.
Indestructible Spirit - 2007 by Cubop Records
King Conga - 1999 by Cubop Records
Mambo 2000 - 1998 by Cubop Records
Skin & Bones - 1997 by Cubop Records
A Night in L.A. - 1995 by Discos Dos Coronas
Johnny Blas can also bring his Tribute to Cal Tjader or his Blas Latin Jazz Band for a different show and a different number of musicians.