"I was performing with El Gran Combo, Nene Gigito, Tony Rivencia, and Batacumbele. A lot of these were gigs that I appeared in as an invited guest. But from the age of 8 I was playing with these Puerto Rican artists."His career was established as a premier percussionist while playing with Eddie Palmieri and other stellar Latin Jazz artists. At his late twenties, he had become a seasoned veteran and one of the most sought out percussionists on the Latin music scene.