Art Mendoza

Art Mendoza

Art was born and raised in California. He comes from a musical family and was exposed to music from a young age. His grandfather, dad and brothers all played professionally. From the age of 4 Art was always tapping on something. His drum career has spanned over
4 decades.

As a child living at home he was exposed to the music of various jazz big bands as well as the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Steely Dan, Tower of Power, and Earth Wind and Fire.
His music education began with choir but soon turned to focus on percussion upon getting his first drum kit at age 9. He joined his first band in Jr. High playing rock. After his parents turned him on to listening to jazz, Art began studying in the jazz band through junior and senior high school. This helped to develop coordination and independence of all four limbs. Several rock bands in high school followed after that. On his musical journey he met drummer Sal Rodriguez of War who broke down the differences of top and bottom groove and the basics of clave and samba songo rhythms.

He attended The International Percussion Academy where he studied drum kit. The Academy gave him the fundamentals of hand development for the stick, and hand percussion patterns.

Over the years he has performed at several music festivals, theater musicals, and beauty pageants. Most recently he participated two years in a row in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn. first with Preston Smith and later with the Mikey Mo Blues Band making it into the semi-final round.
Because of his varied performance history, Art has developed a unique playing style. His playing is influenced by Latin, blues, jazz genres as well as contemporary Christian and Gospel music. Currently he plays in several jazz, pop variety bands as well as church worship ensembles around the Los Angeles area. In addition to live performances Art has recorded for Latin Recording Artist Marco Antonio Solis as well as several other artists. , Art is often called to sub work which keeps him busy.

Art draws people to his groove, deep pocket and drum sound .

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