Lenny Castro

Introduced to the congas at a very young age by his father, Lenny Castro grew up exploring New York watching and learning from anyone that he would happen to come across. In addition to listening to Latin music as a child, he was a lover of rock & roll, classical music, and jazz, all of which he would use to sharpen his constantly expanding skills. By the time he was fifteen, Castro had begun to earn a profit for gigs that he performed throughout New York. Recognition began to rain down on this up and coming percussionist after touring with Melissa Manchester. He relocated to Los Angeles where he landed a session with Diana Ross, which in turn landed him a session with Boz Scaggs. He caught the attention of rock band Toto, with whom he would tour and record with in the 80′s. Being a freelance musician that he was, Castro had the opportunity to work with a slew of artists that sought his seasoned percussionist skills. Over the years he found himself in the company of Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, Steely Dan, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Booker T. Jones, John Mayer, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, and the Rolling Stones. In 2012 he joined blues rock musician Joe Bonamassa and a freshly assembled band for a series of purely acoustic performances in Europe, which culminated with a recorded performance at The Vienna Opera House. Lenny Castro became a fulltime member of Joe’s acoustic & electric act in Fall of 2013, and continues to tour with the bluesman today.