About Raul Valdes
Born in the small province of Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Raul Valdes graduated in 1995 as Instrumentalist and Percussion Professor from the National School of Music in La Habana, Cuba. He spent the next few years teaching drum set and percussion at the school while performing regularly at important jazz clubs and International music events in Cuba. Valdes played drum set regularly in Cuba with the band Grupo Perspectiva (former band of famous trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval,) as well as with members of the Grammy-winning jazz band, Irakere (Chucho Valdes' band.) In addition, Raul played drums and recorded with Grammy-nominated pianist, Andres Alen.

His unique style and talent earned Valdes a scholarship to study jazz in 1999 at the University of North Texas in Denton under the instruction of legendary jazz drummer/professor, Ed Soph. After moving to the United States, Raul toured with Denton rock band Riddle Me This for one year and then played percussion in the very popular Latin band, Havana NRG! until 2003. He has instructed several drum workshops and clinics at music stores and universities throughout the United States and performed with various local groups/musicians including George Anderson, soul/R&B singer Kenya, jazz/funk guitarist Domino Winding, and many more.

In his young career to date, Raul Valdes has already made a significant impression in the music industry, having performed with world-renowned musicians such as José José and Nachito Herrera at various musical events including the esteemed Austin City Limits Festival. He has also recorded for several local artists, as well as on Myron Butler and Levi's critically acclaimed gospel album, Set Me Free.

 
Most recently, Raul has been touring extensively with legendary blues musician, Lucky Peterson, playing on some of the biggest and most celebrated stages across the world, including the Montreal Jazz Festival, the San Javier Jazz Festival in Spain, Terra Blues, Iridium, Falcons, and many others in New York, Chicago, Maine, Russia, France, Belgium, Croatia, and Turkey.

Raul is also the author of an instructional book for advanced drummers, entitled Melodic Drumming, available for purchase online.

In every project and venture, Raul Valdes gives his own distinctive flavor and charisma, and he continues to impress and mesmerize fans and musicians alike.