Jhair Sala

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Born in Perú and raised in New York, Jhair Sala spent his formative years studying intensively with Pedrito Martínez having met Pedrito when he was ten years old. He’s now in high demand as a session musician and bandleader in his own right, but there’s an uncanny magic when he plays with Pedrito. Jhair’s touch, timing, and feel, are truly remarkable and with literally thousands of hours of studying, performing and jamming together, the two drummers play as one.

Jhair received the award for “Rising Star Percussionist of the Year” in Drum! Magazine’s 2015 Drummies! Artist Awards.

“Jhair Sala, who plays cowbell and bongos, shares an intuitive rapport with Martinez, whom he has known for most of his life. He can shift a groove substantially yet subtly with just a slight alteration of pace or pitch.”
Larry Blumenfeld, Jazziz Magazine Dec 2012

Bio written by Kevin Moore, author of the Beyond Salsa series, and editor of timba.com.

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