Alfredo Ortiz

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Alfredo Ortiz
Alfredo Ortiz with the Beastie Boys in Stradbally, Ireland on September 1, 2007.
Alfredo Ortiz with the Beastie Boys in Stradbally, Ireland on September 1, 2007.
Background information
Also known asFredo Ortiz
OriginUnited States
Genrespunk rock, indie rock, alternative rock, experimental rock, hip hop
InstrumentsDrums, Percussion, Latin Percussion, Beat Box, Guitar, Bass, Keyboard
Associated actsBeastie Boys
BS 2000
Tenacious D
Tito & Tarantula
Maximum Hedrum

Alfredo Ortiz is an American musician, primarily a drummer and percussionist. He toured with the Beastie Boys as their drummer and percussionist from 1996 until their final show in 2009.[1][2][3] He also appeared in their live concert film, Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That!,[4] and was featured in their Grammy Award-winning instrumental album, The Mix-Up.[5] Alfredo has been the drummer for other artists such as Money Mark,[6] New York group Morningwood,[7] Los Angeles rockers Red Exiles, and Tito & Tarantula.[8]

Ortiz has worked with other bands and musicians including Money Mark, Kathleen Hanna, Los Lobos, The Offspring, Yeska, Ozomatli, BS 2000, Blackalicious, Los Villains, Tommy Guerrero, Mariachi El Bronx, Chromeo, Kelis, Sepultura, Gogol Bordello, Jack White, and Salvador Santana.[citation needed] Ortiz appears on Tenacious D's self titled album, released in 2001. From 2008-2010, he toured with Tito & Tarantula.[citation needed] He has also played with former Mars Volta's bassist Eva Gardner in her band called Lyra.[citation needed]

Ortiz appeared in the film Along Came Polly starring Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston in 2004. The original music used for that scene was written by Money Mark, and Fredo contributed his percussion to the recording as well.[9] Ortiz's percussion, as well as a guest appearance, was featured in the 200th episode of CSI: Las Vegas, alongside Eric Bobo (Cypress Hill) and directed by the Academy Award-winning director of The Exorcist, William Friedkin.[10]

In 2011, Ortiz founded his first solo project called Bongoloidz[11] and completed the debut Bongoloidz album in early 2014.[12]

In 2012 he joined the electro-funk project Maximum Hedrum with DJ/Producer Sam Spiegel and Derrick Green (of Sepultura).[13]


  1. ^ Jenkins, Sacha. "V Live". Vibe 7.1 (Feb 1999): 36.
  2. ^ Hart, Ron. "Beastie Boys." CMJ New Music Monthly 148 (Jul 2007): 41.
  3. ^ "Beastie Boys Tour". Archived from the original on 2012-05-10. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  4. ^ "Beastie Boys, Filmed in Concert: 'I... Shot That!', Beastie Boys". March 29, 2006.
  5. ^ "Alfredo Ortiz, Beastie Boys". Archived from the original on 2011-02-07. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  6. ^ "Money Mark video @ The Roxy ~ $Mark, Fredo, Ashley". Retrieved 2012-08-27.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Morningwood Live on Letterman". Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  8. ^ "Tito & Tarantula - MACHETE - live in Italy". Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  9. ^ "Bongoloidz". Archived from the original on 2012-08-25. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  10. ^ "Bongoloidz". Archived from the original on 2012-08-25. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  11. ^ "Bongoloidz". Archived from the original on 2012-08-25. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  12. ^ "Bongoloidz". Archived from the original on 2012-08-25. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  13. ^ "SEPULTURA Frontman Kicks Off Month-Long L.A. Residency With MAXIMUM HEDRUM Project - Jan. 18, 2013". Retrieved 2013-07-17.

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