José J. Cortijo



Born in Barcelona, Spain, José J. Cortijo has been working in Germany as a musician and lecturer since 1983. As the only Professor of Latin Percussion in Germany, he teaches at the MANNHEIM UNIVERSITY OF MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS and is a popular lecturer at many workshops in Germany and abroad.


Chris Thompson, Al Jarreau, Jon Lord, Peter Kraus, The Surpremes, MayBebop,


Here’s a selection of productions which José has cooperated on.


Special thanks goes out to my endorser companies for their support and valuable cooperation.


In the course of his career José has played a contributing role in the development of new instruments and equipment.

Academic Teaching

As well as his work as a Professor of Latin Percussion at the MANNHEIM UNIVERSITY OF MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS…

Artistic Director

Percussionists often take a backseat to other musicians, even though their sound and rhythmic sophistication are what it takes to make the music flow, accentuate the sound and get listeners into the groove.

On José offers teaching units at regular intervals on subjects related to percussion such as Small Percussion, Cajon or Finale Notation Software for drummers and percussionists.

Drums & Percussion Magazin

Since 1995 I’ve been writing a column in the biggest German-language magazine for Latin Percussion.


José is an instructor for various organizations as well as being in demand at workshops on both the national and international scale.


In 2013, together with Marc Küsters (drummer and director of the “rhythm & groove factory in Kleve), José started the “rhythmtoolsfactory”.


For self-study or with an instructor, from beginner to advanced, there are various publications available from me.

Cajon Ensemble

The interaction with Cajones in the ensemble is a so far untapped terrain.

Finale Add-Ons

The fact that no standard notation for the notation of drums and percussion has been established up to now can be described as a music historical and theoretical phenomenon.

Percussion Ensemble

Music making in ensembles is of growing importance, not least because of the expanded, sometimes new, fields of work of schools and music schools.


Together with his "rhythmtoolsfactory" partner Marc Küsters, José produces teaching and practice material for Latin percussion and drums.

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