Jackie Bertone has been a studio and touring percussionist for the past 26 years specializing in the styles of R&B, Funk, Latin, Latin Jazz, Fusion, New Age, Country and all ethnic percussion. He has worked with a vast number of top artists, including Brian Wilson, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmidt (Eagles), The Beach Boys, Bobby Caldwell, Big Mountain, Michael McDonald, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Tower of Power, Jimmy Buffet, Earth Wind & Fire, Kenny G., Freddy Ravel, Peter Cetera (Chicago), Steven Stills, Santana, and has been involved in various television and film studio projects.

Jackie talks with Florentino about getting his start and passion in music, his experiences as a professional musician and the challenges he’s had to overcome.