Walfredo de los Reyes

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Walfredo de los Reyes Sr.
Walfredo de los Reyes III
GenresLatin jazz, descarga
Occupation(s)Musician, music educator, clinician
Instrument(s)Timbales, drums

Walfredo de los Reyes Sr. is a Cuban percussionist, timbalero, and educator, in the fields of session recording, live performance, and clinics. He is the father of famed percussionists Walfredo Reyes Jr. and Daniel de los Reyes and of actor Kamar de los Reyes. He is often cited as one of the most influential modern timbaleros together with Tito Puente and Willie Bobo.[1]


Born as Walfredo de los Reyes III, his trumpeter father was named Walfredo de los Reyes II, also a well known musician. To distinguish the two during their mutually active career span from the 1940s through the early 1960s, his father was originally published as Walfredo de los Reyes Sr. and he as Walfredo de los Reyes Jr. With the senior's retirement, and the onset of his own son's career, he then became published as the new Walfredo de los Reyes Sr. and his son as Walfredo Reyes Jr. (natively Walfredo de los Reyes Palau IV).[2]

Citing Louie Bellson and Buddy Rich as musical influences,[3] he has performed or recorded with artists including Josephine Baker, Cachao, Elena Burke, La Lupe, Julio Gutiérrez, Quarteto Las D'Aida, Louie Bellson, Paquito Hechavarría, Bobby Darin, Dionne Warwick, Juliet Prowse, and Debbie Reynolds.



Walfredo Reyes Sr. carries the following endorsements:

  • Regal Tip Nylon cap 7/16" 176NT[4]
  • Sabian cymbals[5]


  1. ^ Shepherd, John (2003). Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Part 1. London, UK: Continuum. p. 402. ISBN 9781847144720.
  2. ^ "Walfredo De Los Reyes Sr". Discogs. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  3. ^ Reyes Sr., Walfredo. "The Tiger Interviews Walfredo Reyes Sr" (Interview). Interviewed by Tiger Bill. TigerMix.com, Inc. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Walfredo Reyes Sr". Regal Tip. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Drumset Artists: Walfredo Reyes Sr". Sabian. Retrieved 8 August 2013.

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