The Grammy-nominated jazz drummer has been recognized as one of the greatest drummers of all time. He was included in the 2011 compilation entitled “Jazz Drumming Legends” which features some of the most renowned drummers in Jazz history. Ignacio also received a Lifetime Achievement Award during from The Montreal Jazz Festival in the same year.
Both a veteran and a pioneer, the Cuban-born drummer has been applauded through the years for his facility in combining folkloric rhythms with contemporary jazz and funk - resulting in a fiery blend that swings and grooves, with a touch of old country roots.
When he moved to New York in the early 80s, Ignacio joined jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie’s quartet, quickly becoming an in-demand drummer in the contemporary jazz world. Ignacio has also worked with other star artists like Tito Puente, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Gilberto Gil, the Lincoln Center Orchestra, and more.
Gillespie best described 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’s first album as a leader, “Codes”, was nominated for a Grammy in 2007. “Codes” also won a Danish Music Award in 2007 as best International Jazz Album. He was also honored by inclusion in the 2011 Blue Note and Modern Drummer Release entitled "Jazz Drumming Legends". His album "Heritage and Passion" was recorded in 2014.
The Ignacio Berroa Quartet positively sizzles and grooves, full of flare and flash. Ignacio possesses the uncanny ability to dazzle with his fills and lift a crowd to its feet. His electric energy, combined with his incomparable skill, gets people excited about playing drums in the first place.
Come experience the jazz-legend and his Quartet in action!
"Ignacio plays with intelligence, taste, fire, and soul. His playing combines the finest aspects of Afro-Cuban and American styles of drumming.” -Wynton Marsalis
Berroa will be joined by Martin Bejerano on piano,Lowell Ringel on bass and Mark Small on sax. Come experience the jazz-legend and his Quartet in action!
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