Born September 29,1959 in Oakland California, Tam Tambor Sugayan an American - Filipino - Portuguese Professional Musician.
Tam Sugayan is the Son of percussionist Joseph Sugayan who began to teach and nuture Tam's insatiable appetite for percussion and the love of music at the age of five.
At the age of twelve, Tam began his musical journey as a member of a band in the San Fransisco bay Area called GRITO who's members also included; Sheila Escovedo - (Sheila E), Joe Cano, Dale Viiiacecio - (Tierra). & Coke Escovedo was there Manager at the time who booked them with late greats like Vince Geraldi, Cal Tjader & Mongo Santamaria...,
From the early 70's, 80's & 90's, when ever Tam wasn't performing or providing percussion and conga drum support & instuction, Tam found himself working in the music industy where ever there was a calling; be it in the studio tracking or doing voice overs, laying tracks for local bands for thier DEMOs or recording records, shooting videos, stage and movie production, writing and arranging percussion, creating samples, programming drum machines or just percussion loops for DJ's, Tam would still find time for community drumming in renowed places like University of California's Sproul Plaza, San Fransisco's, Delores & Aquatic Parks where as ayoung man he would hone he craft in these legendary community drum circles.
After graduating from Oakland High School (1977) Tam began his career as a painter and then took a break from his music endeavors to persue a career as an entrepreneur.
Longing for his love of music, he later returned back onto the music scene in 1989.
The music community embraced his return as if he had never stepped out of the spot light.
His returned onto the music seen began by supporting local bands and performing at local venues and festivals as a guest artist with Pete & Juan Escovedo, Bobby Wmack, Joe Cano, Richard Bean & SAPO, Cold Blood, Tierra, Dwayne Wggins , Tamallii , Willie K and various other groups and artist performing all types of geners to include; R & B, Pop, Latin Rock, Latin Jazz, Salsa, Tex-Mex, Mexican Rock, Rap, Top-40, Folk, African & Various Latin Drumming, Country, Contempory and Polynesian.
1997 - CD Bungee Jumpimg Cows. ROCK CANDY (ASCAP) Children Educational CD (re-released 2008)
2003 - CD Joe Cano CHEMISTRY
2003 - DVD Mystique NOCHE DE AZTLAN Live in Concert (WWW Simulcast)
2009 - NFL Raiders vs. Chargers pre game show Mystique Oakland Colosium
2010 - DVD Mambo Trpical (released 2012)
2010 - DVD EL Patron - Mystique Movie Scene
2012 - CD Third Sol
2012 - CD Willie K WAREHOUSE BLUES
2013 - Davina Joy LA CANTANTE
2014 - DVD Video Sheila E FIESTA featuring B. Slade
2015 - CD Third Sol (CD Release May 9, 2015)
2016 - CD Joe Cano JOE CANO
Married with four wonderful children, Tam has never been happier and more content with his personal life and musical career as this balance has been his motivator which has provided the opportunity to be a performing member of the following :
Richard Bean & SAPO ("of SUAVECITO FAME") - Latin Rock
Willie K - Hawaiian, Blues, Rock, Latin, Classical
EN~VIVO Latin, Latin Rock, Latin Jazz, Latin Soul
Mystique - Latin , Tex Mex, Mexican, R & B, Top 40
Ray McCoy & The Luther Vandross Tribute Band
Joe Cano - Latin, jazz, rock, salsa, Smooth Jazz, flamenco
Le Ala Polynesia - Professional Polynesian Dance Company
Breath Life & Spirit - Music Ministry
Third Sol - Original Music - Latin-Funk-Soul
STRATIFY - Smooth Jazz~Funk
LA Project - Top 40
IMUA - Hawaiian/Island & Contemporary
Tycoon Percussion -
Rhythm Tech -
Get'm Get'm -
Soultone Cymbals -