Waldo Madera was born in and grew up in Queens, NY. He started his career as a professional drummer at the age of 15 with the Dominican-Brazilian groups "Maguey" and "Irka & Tadeu Con Trabanda". Throughout their career, they played several times at the Montreal Jazz Festival and also many other Jazz Festivals throughout Canada, Dominican Republic and Europe. Between 1987 to 1991 he studied at the Manhattan School of Music NY, and soon after got the opportunity to play with some of the great Latin Jazz artists such as Paquito D'Rivera, Rafael Cruz and Dave Valentine amongst others.
In 1991 he moved to Mexico City and quickly started working in the local jazz scene with some of the best Mexican artists, such as Chilo Moran, Roberto "Betuco" Arballo, Hector Infanzon and Cristobal Lopez. At the same time he made a name for himself in the pop industry as a session and tour musician, working with Emmanuel, Ricardo Arjona, Pandora, Jose Luis "El Puma" Rodriguez, Juan Luis Guerra, Christian Castro, Francisco Cespedes, Edith Marquez, Ely Guerra, Sasha Socol, Mu√±ecos de Papel, Chantal, and Ricky Martin, with whom he's been working on and off for many years.
He released his first solo album in 1995 under BMG/ Coyoacan Records and his work can also be appreciated on Hector Infanzon's CD "Nos Toca".
He is currently working with a session musicians band called POEM who are hired to accompany many different artists in Latin America including Diego Torres, Ana Torroja, Lissette, Armando Manzanero, Braulio, Emmanuel and more. Waldo is also playing at jazz festivals with the Waldo Madera Quintet and Dr. Ed Calle Latin Jazz Quartet. As if this wasn't enough, he runs Let It Beat Music Academy that teaches over 250 students in Miami, Florida.