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12 Nov

Pearl remembers Paul Van Wageningen

Born in Amsterdam, Paul Van Wageningen moved to New York in 1976 to embrace the American Jazz scene. Since his relocation to the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 70s, he had gained recognition as one of the premier drummers in the area, performing with countless artists and ultimately receiving three Grammy nominations.

Paul performed both in the United States and abroad with many of the top global-beat jazz groups such as Pete Escovedo, Andy Narell, Gonzalo Rubalcaba’s Trio, Paquito D’Rivera and the Caribbean Jazz Project, Jovino Santos Neto, Claudia Villela, Ricardo Peixoto, Nestor Torres, Dori Caymmi, and Ray Obiedo. He was also a part of Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge and John Santos and the Machete Ensemble.

On some of those recordings, he shared rhythm duties with his bassist brother Marc, with whom he co-led the VW Brothers Band.


We'd also like to share the statement left by his family on his tribute page:

He believed he had the perfect life filled with music and loving friends and family.
He lived it well with grace and gratitude.
His light will shine forever in our hearts.

Selected Discography
John Santos/Machete Ensemble…………………Tribute to the Masters, Machetazo!, John
                                                 Santos & the Machete Ensemble, Grammy- nominated SF Bay, Brazos Abiertos
Andy Narell…………………………………………..Light in Your Eyes, The Hammer, Little Secrets,
                                                            Down the Road, The Long Time Band, Fire in
                                                            the Engine Room
Steve Erquiaga…………………………………….Erkiology
Ray Obiedo………………………………………….Perfect Crime, Iguana, Sticks and Stones, Zulaya
Turtle Island String Quartet………………………..By the Fireside
Rebeca Mauleón……………………………………Round Trip
Pete Escovedo……………………………………..E Street, The Island, Yesterday?s Memories,
                                                         Tomorrow?s Dreams, Grammy-nominated Mr. E, Flying South, Pete Escovedo Live!

Mark Levine & the Latin Tinge……………………..Hey, It's Me, Serengeti, Grammy-nominated Isla
Que Calor…………………………………………….Keeper of the Flame
Wayne Wallace……………………………………….three in one, echoes in blue
John Calloway………………………………………..Diaspora
The Whispers…………………………………………Love for Love [gold]

Film
Ed Wood, Internal Affairs, The Firm

Videography
Latina Familia (with Sheila E, Tito Puente and Pete Escovedo)

Video Games
The Sims, Sim City 2000, Sim City 3000, Grim Fandango, Monkey Island [3 & 4]

See Paul's discography at AllMusic

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