Horacio Hernández

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Horacio 'El Negro' Hernández
Born (1963-04-24) 24 April 1963 (age 56)
GenresJazz, Latin rock
InstrumentsDrums, Percussion
Years active1978-Present
Associated actsItaluba
Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Paquito D'Rivera
Michel Camilo
Ignacio Berroa
Roy Hargrove
Arturo Sandoval
Carlos Santana
Diego el Cigala
Alejandro Sanz
Kazumi Watanabe
Eddie Palmieri
Salazh Trio

Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez (born April 24, 1963, in Havana, Cuba) is a Cuban drummer and percussionist.

"El Negro" follows the influences from Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, Ignacio Berroa, and others. His drumming reflects a musical heritage rooted in folklore tradition.

"El Negro" first gained international recognition as the drummer for the pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba and his group Proyecto. Since leaving Cuba in 1990, Hernandez has played in the U.S. with many different pop, rock, jazz and Latin jazz acts, including on many albums, some of which have received Grammy awards, including Roy Hargrove's Havana (1997), Carlos Santana's Supernatural (1999), Alejandro Sanz' No es lo mismo (2003) and Eddie Palmieri's Listen Here (2005). Hernandez owns a Grammy award for the 2001 Latin Jazz album Live at the Blue Note, with Michel Camilo (piano) and Charles Flores (bass). Since 2004, Hernandez has recorded and toured with his own band, Italuba.

In July 2010, Hernández was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music. He was presented with the award at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy by Berklee's former Vice President of Academic Affairs, Larry Monroe.[1]

In 2011 he recorded the album Proposicion, with a band including Dany Noel Martinez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Ivan Lewis, Dario Chiazzolino, Ivan Bridon and Amik Guerra. In the same year he played at the Modern Drummer Festival with his new band The New World Order; the concert was released on the Modern Drummer Festival 2011 DVD.

In 2016 Hernández joined Salazh Trio, a jazz fusion group featuring bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling. Their debut work Circulations was released in December 2017.


With Gonzalo Rubalcaba

  • Proyecto (Areito, 1985)
  • Live in Havanna (Messidor, 1987)
  • Volcán (5Passion, 2013)

With Roy Hargrove

  • Havana (Verve, 1997)

With Edward Simon

  • Beauty Within (Audioquest Music, 1994)

With TropiJazz All Stars

  • TropiJazz All Stars Vol. 1 & 2 (RMM Records, 1996)

With Michel Camilo

With Joanne Brackeen

With Carlos Santana

With Italuba

  • Italuba (Timba Records, 2002)
  • Italuba II (Cacao Musica, 2006)

With Eddie Palmieri

  • Listen Here! (Concord, 2005)

With Alejandro Sanz

With Yerba Buena

  • President Alien (Razor & Tie, 2003)

With Kazumi Watanabe

With Fahir Atakoğlu

  • If (Far & Here LLC, 2005)
  • Istanbul in Blue (Far & Here LLC, 2007)

With Meddy Gerville

  • Jazz Amwin (Meddy Gerville, 2006)

With Robby Ameen

  • Robby & Negro at the Third World War (American Clave/ Enja, 2006)

With Mariza

  • Terra (Four Quarters Entertainment, 2008)

With Kip Hanrahan (as composer)

  • At Home in anger (Enja/ Yellowbird, 2011)

With Dany Noel

  • Proposición (RGB Arte Visual, 2011)

With Zucchero

With Latin Beat Jazz Heat

  • Various (Highnote Records, Inc., 2012)

With La Sonora Ponceña

  • 10 Para Los 100 (Pianissimo, 2012)

With Diego el Cigala

  • Indestructible (Sony Music Latin, 2016)

With Salazh Trio

  • Circulations (Salazh Trio, 2017)

With Osamu

  • Mandala (El Cherrito Records, 2017)