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Ignacio Berroa (nacido el 8 de julio de 1953 en La Habana, Cuba) es un baterista de jazz.
En 1980 Ignacio dejó su país durante el Mariel Boatlift, se mudó a Nueva York y se unió al cuarteto de Dizzy Gillespie en 1981, convirtiéndose en el baterista de todas las bandas importantes que Gillespie formó hasta su muerte en 1993.
Ignacio Berroa ha sido reconocido por muchos como uno de los más grandes bateristas de nuestro tiempo. La leyenda del jazz Dizzy Gillespie definió mejor a Ignacio como: "... el único baterista latino en el mundo en la historia de la música estadounidense que conoce íntimamente ambos mundos: su música nativa afrocubana y el jazz..."
Como educador, Ignacio ha realizado clínicas y clases magistrales en todo el mundo. También ha creado una presentación de video-enseñanza "Afro-Cuban Jazz and Beyond" una descripción general del desarrollo de la música afrocubana y su influencia en el Jazz. Como autor, dejó su huella con el video instructivo: Mastering the Art of Afro-Cuban Drumming, así como con los libros: Groovin' in Clave y A New Way of Groovin'.
Su primer álbum como líder, Codes, lanzado bajo Blue Note Records, fue nominado a un Grammy en 2006.Codes también ganó un Danish Music Award en 2007 como mejor álbum de jazz internacional. Fue honrado por su inclusión en el lanzamiento de Blue Note y Modern Drummer de 2011 titulado "Jazz Drumming Legends". Su álbum Heritage and Passion fue grabado en 2014.
Ignacio ha grabado y tocado con músicos de la talla de McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Michael Brecker, Milt Jackson, Jaco Pastorius, Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, Tito Puente, Mario Bauzá, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Gilberto Gil, Ivan Lins, Joao Bosco, Lenny Andrade y Lincoln Center Orchestra, WDR Big Band y BBC Big Band, solo por nombrar algunos.
Grammy Award winner and international drum star Ignacio Berroa has been recognized by many as one of the greatest drummers of our times. His numerous contributions to the American music scene have earned him a place among a very selective group of artists known to have set new musical trends for the 20th century.
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..."
Highly respected among his peers, Ignacio's musicianship and versatility have enabled him to build a successful career by gaining the recognition of some of the most important artists in the business.
Ignacio Berroa was born in Havana Cuba on July 8,1953. Following his father's footsteps he began his musical education as a classical violinist.
But his life changed the day he heard albums by Nat King Cole and Glenn Miller. It was then that he realized he wanted to play that music and pursued that dream with a passion, taking his first drum lesson at age 11.
He studied at the National School of Arts and subsequently at Havana's National Conservatory, beginning his professional career in 1970. By 1975 Ignacio Berroa had become Cuba's most sought after drummer.
After moving to New York in 1980 Ignacio met and had the privilege of
working with musicians of the stature of Mario Bauza, among others. It was Mario who introduced him to the late Bebop master Dizzy Gillespie.
In August 1981 Dizzy officially invited Ignacio to join his quartet. Later he would also become an integral part of all the important bands Gillespie assembled during that decade, such as "The Dizzy Gillespie's 70th Anniversary Big Band", "Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band" and the "Grammy Award" winner "United Nations Orchestra".
But Ignacio's contributions to the arts have not been limited to perform on stage. As an educator he first made his mark by becoming an Adjunct Faculty Instructor at Florida International University from 1991 to 1994. Later in 1995, he released his video "Mastering The Art of Afro-Cuban Drumming" under Warner Bros Publications , deemed by Downbeat magazine as the best instructional video of the year.
His latest book "Groovin' In Clave", distributed by Carl Fischer is a great tool to learn independence, Afro-Cuban grooves as well as mixing the Rumba clave with other styles like Rock, Funk and Brazilian.
Ignacio has also conducted clinics and master classes all over the world and has recorded and played with musicians of the stature of McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Marsalis, Jackie Mc Lean, Clark Terry, James Moody, Milt Jackson, Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, Eddie Gomez, Phil Woods, Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Jon Faddis, Jack Bruce, Jaco Pastorius, Tito Puente, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Lalo Schifrin, Chico Bouarque, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Lenny Andrade, Ivan Lins, Joao Bosco, Slide Hampton's Jazz Masters Big Band, Carnegie Hall Big Band, Lincoln Center Orchestra, WDR Big Band and BBC Big Band, just to name a few.