Giovanni Hidalgo

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Giovanni Hidalgo
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Background information
Also known as "Mañenguito"
Born November 22, 1963 (age 49)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Genres Latin jazz, world music
Occupations percussionist and educator
Instruments Drums, bongos, congas and timbales

Giovanni Hidalgo a.k.a. "Mañenguito" (born November 22, 1963) is an educator, percussionist and recording artist in the genre' of Latin jazz.

Early years[edit]

Hidalgo was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico where he received his primary education. His grandfather had also been a musician, as well as his father José Manuel Hidalgo "Mañengue", who was a renowned conga player. Therefore, Hidalgo was raised in a household surrounded by drums, bongos, congas and timbales.[1] He received a conga for his eighth birthday which had been handmade by his father. As a young child he practiced and developed his speed and playing skills on the conga and on the other instruments in his house. Hidalgo would drum a tune with sticks and then play the same tune with his hands.[2]

Musical career[edit]

External audio
You may listen to Giovanni Hidalgo in Conga Virtuoso here.

Hidalgo auditioned and was hired by the Batacumbele Band in 1980. In 1981, he traveled with the band to Cuba where he met a musician by the name of José Luis Quintana "Changuito". Together they were able to create a unique style of rhythm and ushered in a new musical era in Latin music.[1][2]

In 1985, Hidalgo was performing with Eddie Palmieri at The Village Gate in New York City, when the legendary jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie walked in and listened to Hidalgo play. He was so impressed with Hidalgo that he told him that someday in the future they must get together and play. In 1988 Hidalgo joined Gillespie's United Nation Orchestra.[1]

In 1992, he was hired as an adjunct professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. There he taught many types of rhythms; Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, reggae, African and jazz. He held this academic position until 1996.

Awards[edit]

In 1991 Hidalgo received a Grammy Award in the category of world music (the first year the category existed) as part of Mickey Hart's percussion ensemble Planet Drum for the album of the same name. He also performed on the 1993 Arturo Sandoval album Danzon (Dance On) which won the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Performance, and received Grammy nominations in the same category for the albums Hands of Rhythm in 1997 and The Body Acoustic in 2005. In 2009 he collaborated with Hart again as part of the Global Drum Project, whose title album won the world music Grammy that year.

Recordings with other musicians[edit]

Among the musicians with which Hidalgo has either performed or recorded with are:

On October 31, 2010, Giovanni performed with the legendary jam rock band Phish during their special Halloween 'musical costume' concert. The band learned Little Feat's "Waiting for Columbus" and performed it in its entirety along with Giovanni Hidalgo on percussion and Aaron Johnson, Stuart Bogie, Ian Hendrickson, Michael Leonhart, and Eric Biondo on brass during set two of three for the evening. He also returned along with the horn section to perform "Julius" the encore for the evening.[3]

Discography[edit]

  • 1992 - Villa Hidalgo (CD) Pimienta
  • 1993 - Worldwide (CD) RMM
  • 1995 - Time Shifter (CD) RMM
  • 1997 - Hands Of Rhythm (CD) RMM
  • 1998 - The Best of Giovanni Hidalgo (CD) RMM
  • 2009 - "Silver Gold" (CD) Incipit

With other artists[edit]

  • 1981 - Con Un Poco De Songo - Batacumbele (CD) Disco Hit
  • 1984 - Still Crazy - Zaperoko (CD) Montuno Records MCD-523
  • 1985 - Few Short Notes From the End Run - Kip Hanrahan (EP - CD) Justin Time
  • 1986 - Aqui Se Puede - Airto Moreira (CD) Montuno
  • 1986 - Tarde en la Noche - Zaperoko (LP) Zap's Records
  • 1986 - Word Up! - Cameo (CD) Mercury Records
  • 1987 - Mind Time - Dave Valentin (CD) GRP Records
  • 1987 - Afro Caribbean Jazz - Batacumbele (CD) Montuno
  • 1987 - Celebration - Paquito D'Rivera (CD) Columbia Records
  • 1988 - In Concert: Live At The University Of Puerto Rico - Batacumbele (CD) Montuno
  • 1988 - Live At The Blue Note - Dave Valentin (CD) GRP Records
  • 1989 - Live at the Royal Festival Hall (Enja) - Dizzy Gillespie & The United Nation Orchestra
  • 1989 - Samba De Flora - Airto Moreira (CD) Montuno
  • 1990 - Tenderness - Kip Hanrahan (CD) Yellowbird
  • 1990 - Reunion - Paquito D'Rivera (CD) Termidor Universal Special Imports
  • 1990 - Abriendo Puertas - Jerry Rivera (CD) Discos CBS
  • 1991 - Planet Drum - Mickey Hart (CD) Rykodisc
  • 1991 - Bolivia - Freddie Hubbard (CD) Musicmasters
  • 1992 - Pintando Lunas - Domingo Quinones (CD) RMM Records
  • 1992 - Jazz Project - Humberto Ramirez (CD) Tropi Jazz Records
  • 1992 - Queen Of The Night - Flora Purim (CD) Sound Wave
  • 1992 - Manhattan Mambo SoundtrackHilton Ruiz (CD) Telarc Distribution
  • 1992 - Live At Birdland - Hilton Ruiz (CD) Candid
  • 1992 - Live At The Village Gate - Tito Puente (CD) Tropi Jazz
  • 1993 - Golden Latin Jazz All Stars In Session - Tito Puente's Golden Jazz All Stars (CD) RMM
  • 1993 - Heroes - Hilton Ruiz (CD) Telarc Distribution
  • 1993 - Paul Simon 1964-1993 - Paul Simon (CD) Warner Bros.
  • 1993 - Danzon (Dance On) - Arturo Sandoval (CD) GRP (USA)
  • 1993 - Aspects - Humberto Ramirez (CD) RMM
  • 1994 - Speed Of Light - Flora Purim (CD) Meltdown/B&W Music
  • 1994 - One More Once - Michel Camilo (CD) Columbia Records
  • 1995 - All Roads Are Made Of The Flesh - Kip Hanrahan (CD) American Clave
  • 1995 - Hands On Percussion - Hilton Ruiz (CD) RMM
  • 1995 - Encounters Of The Fourth World - Fourth World (CD) Black & White Records
  • 1996 - Evolucionando - Johnny Almendra (CD) RMM
  • 1996 - Mickey Hart's Mystery Box - Mickey Hart (CD) Rykodisc
  • 1997 - Marching To Mars - Sammy Hagar (CD) Universal Special Products
  • 1997 - Tropijazz All-Stars Volume 2 - TropiJazz All-Stars (CD) Tropi Jazz
  • 1997 - 50 Years Of Swing - Tito Puente (CD box set) RMM
  • 1998 - Larry Harlow's Latin Legend Band - Larry Harlow (CD) Sony Discos
  • 1998 - Antiguo - Gonzalo Rubalcaba (CD) Blue Note Records
  • 1998 - Havana Blues - Armando Rodriguez (CD) Palmetto
  • 1998 - Supralingua - Mickey Hart (CD) Ryko
  • 1998 - Mi Forma De Sentir - Yanko (CD) RMM
  • 1998 - God Bless The Child - Freddie Hubbard (CD) Musicmasters
  • 1999 - Last Journey - Fourth World (CD) M.E.L.T. 2000 (Zeit)
  • 1999 - McCoy Tyner & The Latin All-Stars - McCoy Tyner (CD) Telarc Distribution
  • 1999 - Best Friends - Humberto Ramirez (CD) Sony Discos
  • 2000 - Rhythms For A New Millennium - Alex Acuna (CD) Tonga Productions Inc.
  • 2000 - Best Kept Secret - Ralph Irizarry (CD) Shanachie
  • 2000 - Conga Kings - Candido Camero (CD) Chesky
  • 2000 - Galeria Caribe - Ricardo Arjona (CD) Sony Music
  • 2000 - Imprint - John Patitucci (CD) Concord Jazz
  • 2000 - Homeless - Airto Moreira (CD) Melt 2000 (Zeit)
  • 2001 - Drawn From Memory: Best Of Kip Hanrahan - Kip Hanrahan (CD) IN AK
  • 2001 - Yo Por Ti - Olga Tanon (CD) Warner Bros.
  • 2001 - TNT (Trombone-N-Tenor) - Steve Turre (CD) Telarc Distribution
  • 2001 - Jazz Descargas - Conga Kings (CD) Chesky
  • 2002 - Flora Purim Sings Milton Nascimento - Flora Purim (CD) Narada
  • 2002 - Mondo Head - Kodo (CD) Red Ink
  • 2002 - Together Again - Juan Pablo Torres (CD) MusicHaus
  • 2002 - The Best of Mickey Hart: Over the Edge and Back - Mickey Hart (CD) Rykodisc
  • 2002 - Live At The Playboy Jazz Festival - Tito Puente (CD) Playboy Jazz
  • 2002 - Lo Bueno De La Vida - Orlando Poleo (CD) Sony International
  • 2003 - Life After That - Airto Moreira (CD) Narada
  • 2004 - Studio Recordings 1972-2000 - Paul Simon (CD) Rhino Records
  • 2004 - Body Acoustic - Body Acoustic (CD) Chesky
  • 2004 - Desahogo - Vico-C (CD) EMI Music Distribution
  • 2004 - My Music, My Friends, My Time - Oskar Cartaya (CD) O.Y.E.
  • 2004 - Como Nunca...Como Siempre - Limi-T 21 (CD) EMI Latin
  • 2005 - Sabor Cubano - Alina Izquierdo (CD) Pimienta
  • 2005 - Flora's Song - Flora Purim (CD) Narada
  • 2005 - Con Mucho Ritmo!: The Very Best Of Tropijazz (CD) Verve Records
  • 2005 - Listen Here! - Eddie Palmieri (CD) Concord
  • 2006 - Descarga En California - Rebeca Mauleon (CD) Pimienta
  • 2006 - Zaperoko 3 - Zaperoko (CD) - Libertad Records
  • 2006 - Masa Con Masa - Millo Torres (CD) Machete Music
  • 2006 - Codes - Ignacio Berroa (CD) Blue Note
  • 2006 - Telegrafia Sin Hilo - Changuito (CD) Cacao Musica
  • 2007 - De Corazon A Corazon - Team Vip (CD) Union Music Group
  • 2007 - Live At The Jazz Plaza Festival 1985 - Dizzy Gillespie (CD) MVD
  • 2007 - Jazz, Baby! - Doug Beavers (CD) Origin Records
  • 2007 - En Primera Plana - Isaac Delgado (CD) La Calle
  • 2007 - 90 Millas - Gloria Estefan (CD) Solar Music Group
  • 2007 - Afro Blue - McCoy Tyner (CD) Telarc Distribution
  • 2008 - Canto A America Latina - Andres Jimenez (CD) Cuatro Menguante
  • 2008 - RMM 20th Anniversary Collection Vol. 9 (CD) Universal Music Latino
  • 2009 - Global Drum Project – Mickey Hart (CD) Shout! Factory
  • 2009 - DOS Clasicos - Jerry Rivera (CD) Sony Music
  • 2009 - Moving Forward - Bernie Williams (CD) Reform
  • 2009 - Omar Garcia - Omar Garcia (CD) Warner Bros.
  • 2011 - Mano a Mano - Michel Camilo (CD) Emarcy / Pgd
  • 2012 - Mysterium Tremendum - Mickey Hart Band (CD) 360° Productions

Filmography[edit]

  • 1995 - Conga Virtuoso (DVD) Warner Bros.
  • 1996 - In The Tradition (DVD) Warner Bros.
  • 2004 - Traveling Through Time (with Horacio Hernandez) (DVD) Music Video Distributors

See also[edit]

References[edit]