Ignacio Berroa

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Ignacio Berroa has been recognized as one of the greatest drummers of our times. He was honored by inclusion in the 2011 Mp3 compilation entitled “Jazz Drumming Legends” which features some of the most renowned drummers in Jazz history.

Ignacio Berroa was born in Havana Cuba on July 8, 1953. He left his country in 1980 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 author and a renowned educator Ignacio 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’”. He is very active in the educational world, conducting master classes and lectures, presenting his video/teaching presentation “Afro-Cuban, Jazz & Beyond”,  an overview of the development of Afro-Cuban music,  its influence on jazz and vice versa.

Ignacio has recorded and played with musicians of the stature of McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Jackie McLean, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, Michael Brecker, Milt Jackson, Jaco Pastorius, Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, Tito Puente, Mario Bauzá, Lalo Schifrin, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Chico Bouarque, Ivan Lins, Joao Bosco, Lenny Andrade, Lincoln Center Orchestra, WDR Big Band and BBC Big Band, to name a few.