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The sounds and musical inspiration of renowned percussionist and drummer started at the age of four. It’s no surprise that Gutierrez, son of 1960’6 percussionist icon Mike Gutierrez, would start creating music at such young age. The combination of his raw talent and passion and the influence of the Latin music legends that surrounded him – Willie Bobo, Tito Puente, Luis Mirands and Bobby Montez – secured Gutierrez’s place in musical prodigy history. As a native of Los Angeles, Ronnie grew-up in the heart of the music scene. He attended the Dick Grove School of Music.
AFRO CUBAN IS HIS PASSION Ronnie’s diverse performances expand genres from classical to contemporary that include playing in orchestras – the California Philharmonic and Germany’s V.D.R. Orchestra and Holland’s Metropole Orchestra – to collaborations and performances with award winning artists such as Brenda Russell, David Sanborn, Andrea Bocelli, George Duke, Marcus Miller, Bebe Wynan and Jason Mraz. After a summer tour with smooth jazz great Dave Koz, he recorded with Mariah Carey and enjoyed a four-month run on Conan O’ Bryan’s Tonight Show as percussionist with Jimmy Vivino and The Tonight Show Band. Ronnie’s CD, “Like Father Like Son” include styles that range from Cuban, Puerto Rican and Brazilian influences to Latin Jazz. Gutierrez’ 77-year-young father, Mike Gutierrez performs and sings lead vocals and together their electric sounds transcends cultural and generational boundaries.