Grammy Award Winner and international drum star Ignacio Berroa, the son of a renowned violinist with the National Radio & Television Orchestra in Havana, Cuba, began his musical education as a classical violinist. His life changed the day his father brought home albums by Nat King Cole, Glenn Miller and other great jazz musicians. It was love at first hearing! Ignacio soon realized that he wanted to be a jazz drummer and at age 11, he took his first drum lessons to pursue that dream. The rest is history.After graduating from the National School of Arts in Havana, Ignacio began his professional career and became Cuba's most sought-after drummer.
In 1980 he moved to New York. In less than a year, the late jazz master Dizzy Gillespie chose Ignacio to be his drummer, a relationship that lasted until Dizzy's death a decade later. Dizzy Gillespie best defined Ignacio as "...the only Latin drummer in the world, in the history of American music who intimately knows both worlds: his native Afro-Cuban music as well as Jazz...." From 1991 to 1994, Ignacio was an adjunct faculty instructor at Florida International University. He also served as the coordinator of the South America Chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE).In 1995, he released, under the DCI label, his highly acclaimed video "Mastering the Art of Afro-Cuban Drumming" in which Ignacio demonstrates the ins and outs of applying Afro-Cuban rhythms to trap drums in an easy-to-understand way. This video was deemed by Down Beat magazine as the best instructional video of the year.
Ignacio has recorded and played with the world's greatest musicians, including: Wynton Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Jackie McLean, Ron Carter, Randy Brecker, Jaco Pastorius, Jack Bruce, Milt Jackson, George Benson, The Carnegie Hall Big Band, Tito Puente, Gilberto Gil, Gonzalo Rubalcaba,Gal Costa, Michael Brecker, Jack Bruce, Joao Bosco and Ivan Lins, just to name a few. Along with these artists, Ignacio has been part of the small group of musicians that have set new musical trends for the 20th century. He currently resides in New Jersey and has performed on several high profile engagements with four-time "Grammy Award nominee" Gonzalo Rubalcaba, as well as done clinics throughout Europe, Japan and the United States. He also performs with the Ignacio Berroa Quartet and his debut CD Codes was nominated for a Grammy award in 2007.
Ignacio Berroa endorses products made by the following companies: Yamaha drums, Sabian cymbals, LP Music Group, Evans drumheads and Vic Firth sticks.
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