Our Miami Correspondent for International Salsa Magazine Diana Marie has the honor and privilege to introduce us to an extraordinary Puerto Rican musician based in Miami, who from a very early age has been in the music scene, we are referring to Gumby Navedo.
Jesus M. Navedo Marrero, best known in the artistic musical field as GUMBY Navedo. He was born on December 22nd in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico.
Since he was a child, music was always present in his home as family and friends got together with musical instruments and formed a party in seconds. The first major influence on Gumby’s artistic career was his grandfather, Moises.
A well-known “Tresista” who infused joy by playing and singing for everyone. Gumby, who as a child was always surrounded by great musicians and performers, preferred to learn their music and unique rhythms.
At age 5, his cousin Carlos Morales, taught him the blows of the tumbler. Gumby fell in love with all the sounds of the percussion instruments and from there he began his musical career.
Being a teenager it was common to see Gumby playing the percussion of recognized local orchestras and accompanying exceptional musicians in the island.
The beginning of his musical education, was taught to him by the great music teacher Roberto Soler. Under the leadership of maestro Soler, Gumby participated in the middle school band and the municipal band.
Beginnings that gave him the foundation to his musical career as an interpreter and musician in different genres such as salsa, boleros, bomba y plena, jazz and all kinds of Caribbean music.
During his amazing musical career, Gumby has played as the lead percussionist and the choir to many well renowned artists recognized internationally like Rolando La Serie, Olga Guillot, Celia Cruz, Israel Kantor, Carlos Oliva, Willy Chirino, Roberto Torres, Tito Allen, La Palabra, Conjunto Universal, Lefty Perez, Nino Segarra, Orquesta Exodo, Luis Enrique, Marco Antonio Muñiz, Alberto Beltran, Roberto Torres, Eddie Santiago, David Pabon, Mario Ortiz jr., Lalo Rodriguez, Yolanda Rivera, Cheo Feliciano, Ismael Miranda, Cachao ,Patato Valdes, Henry Fiol, Ángel Canales , Chamaco Rivera, Meñique, Adalberto Santiago, Hansel y Raul, Piro Mantilla, Cuco Valoy, Nestor Torres, Típica Tropical, Roberto Ledesma, Billy Ocean, Gipsy Kings amongst many more. Thanks to his renowned musical talent, Gumby has shared international stages in countries such as Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba, Martinique, Aruba, Curacao, Canada, Ecuador, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Central America, England, France, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Turkey, Israel, Armenia, Kenya, and Senegal among many others.
Gumby, continues to share his musical talent in many local and international venues accompanied by renowned musicians well known around the world for their music and talent. “Gumby” can be found in several tourist places in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.
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