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Ignacio Berroa — Drums

Ignacio Berroa

Ignacio Berroa has been recognized by many as one of the greatest drummers of our times.
Jazz Legend Dizzy Gillespie best defined Ignacio as: “… the only Latin drummer in the world in the history of American music that intimately knows both worlds: his native Afro Cuban music as well as Jazz…”

Ignacio Berroa was born in Havana Cuba on July 8 1953.
In 1980 Ignacio left his country during the Mariel Boatlift, moved to New York and joined Dizzy Gillespie’s quartet in 1981 becoming the drummer of all the important bands Gillespie formed until his death in 1993.
As an educator Ignacio has conducted clinics and master classes all over the world.
As an author he made his mark with the instructional video: Mastering the Art of Afro – Cuban Drumming as well as the books: Groovin’ in Clave and A New Way of Groovin’.

His first album as a leader, “Codes”, released under Blue Note Records, was nominated for a Grammy in 2007.
“Codes” also won a Danish Music Award in 2007 as best International Jazz Album.

Ignacio has recorded and played with musicians of the stature of:
 McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Jaco Pastorius, Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, Tito Puente and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, just to name a few.
 


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