Blue Mambo & Educator
Drummer/percussionist Victor Rendón is a highly respected educator, author, and veteran of the New York City Latin music scene. He studied intensively for many years with Jimmy Ramirez (1st teacher), Louis Bauzo, John Almendra, “Little” Ray Romero, Frankie Malabe, Mike Collazo Sr., Pablo Rosario, Changuito, Roberto Borrell, John Amira and Papo Angarica as well as jazz drummers Paul Guerrero and Charli Persip among others.
Formerly co-leader of the Rodríguez/Rendón Latin Jazz Orchestra, he now leads the Latin-jazz group Blue Mambo and the percussion group, Co-Tim-Bó. He has worked as a side man with Mongo Santamaria, Chico O’Farrill, Carlos "Patato" Valdez, Ray Santos Orchestra, Grupo Caribe, Latin Jazz Coalition, The "New" Xavier Cugat Orchestra, Grupo Latin Vibe, Los Mas Valientes, Rudy Calzado, Chembo Corniel, the Bronx Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, Off Broadway shows, and many others.
As an author/transcriber, his work has appeared in Modern Drummer, Percussive Notes, LP Newsletter, Music in Motion Films, DCI Music Video, Drum! Magazine, and Warner Bros. Publications. He is author of The Art of Playing Timbales distributed by Alfred Publishing.
Rendón, who holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Texas and a Masters Degree in Education has had a lengthy career teaching instrumental music and Latin percussion in the New York City Public Schools as well as the Boy’s Harbor Performing Arts Center in El Barrio. Currently, he teaches and directs the Latin Jazz Ensemble at Lehman College in the Bronx. A successful clinician, he conducts workshops in Latin percussion styles.