This percussive odyssey began about twenty-five years ago: the countless hours of practice and study, working my way from basements to stages to Berklee College of Music in Boston. During my time there, I studied drum set as well as the percussion of Latin/Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, West African, and Middle Eastern traditions. Really, though, it’s not as impressive as it sounds. There is still so much to learn.
Since music school I’ve worked with a number of great artists, in all kinds of situations—from weird, experimental records to commercial projects for Club Med. Since Las Vegas became my musical headquarters, I’ve played some pretty cool places: Trump International, the Bellagio, Wynn, Four Seasons, Mandalay Bay, Treasure Island, the Mirage, Vdara, the Marriott, the Orleans, the Las Vegas Convention Center, Red Rock Casino, Tivoli Village, and the World Market Center, among others.
My regular gigs include work with Sonny Lamson, the Las Vegas Jazz Trio featuring Kai Brant, and Jaelyn Denise. I’ve written and recorded with Eric Clemenzi, Steve Belleville, the Yiddish Invasion, Poor Ould Goat, Desert Towing, and other friends and accomplices.
I’m available for writing, recording, and performing. If you’d like me to play on your next record or at your next show, please write me at tglafredo[at]gmail.com.
If you’re on the other side of the planet, no worries. I can record drum and percussion tracks for your project from my own studio. I have a nice collection of drums, cymbals, and ethnic percussion. I love session work.
Here are four songs I recorded with singer-songwriter Jaelyn Denise. These appear on her record Dweebalicious.
Jaelyn Denise: vocals and acoustic guitar
John Wedemeyer: lead and rhythm guitars
Darrell Craig Harris: bass
Michael Cremean: guitar on “Code Red Lipstick,” percussion on “Sweep Me off the Stage”
Chris Webb: percussion on “Sweep Me off the Stage”
Martin Kaye and Briana Brown: backing vocals
T. G. LaFredo: drums and percussion
Here’s some of my work with the Sonny Lamson Project.
Sonny Lamson: piano
Eric Clemenzi: guitar
Steve Belleville: bass
T. G. LaFredo: drums
Here’s a promotional video of the Las Vegas Jazz Trio featuring Kai Brant.
Kai Brant: vocals
Dan Ellis: piano
Martin Motnik: bass
T. G. LaFredo: drums
This is a demo I did for Kustom Sound and Media.
Here are a couple of songs from Desert Towing.
Dan Reynolds: guitar, vocals
Shane Sattler: bass, synth, vocals
T. G. LaFredo: drums, percussion, vocals