Ignacio Berroa

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Ignacio Berroa (born July 8, 1953 in Havana, Cuba) is a jazz drummer.

In 1980 Ignacio left his country during the Mariel Boatlift, moved to New York and joined Dizzy Gillespie’s quartet[1] in 1981, becoming the drummer of all the important bands Gillespie formed until his death in 1993.

Ignacio Berroa has been recognized by many as one of the greatest drummers of our times.[citation needed] 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…”[citation needed]

As an educator Ignacio has conducted clinics and master classes all over the world. He also has created a video-teaching presentation "Afro- Cuban Jazz and Beyond" an overview of the development of Afro-Cuban music and its influence in Jazz. As an author he 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’.

His first album as a leader, “Codes”, released under Blue Note Records, was nominated for a Grammy in 2007. “Codes” also won a Danish Music Award in 2007 as best International Jazz Album. He was honored by inclusion in the 2011 Blue Note and Modern Drummer Release entitled "Jazz Drumming Legends". His album "Heritage and Passion" was recorded on 2014.

Ignacio has recorded and played with musicians of the stature of 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, and Lincoln Center Orchestra, WDR Big Band and BBC Big Band just to name a few. [Citation needed]


As leader[edit]

  • Codes (Blue Note, 2006)
  • Heritage and Passion (2014)
  • Straight Ahead from Havana (Codes Drum Music, 2017)

As sideman[edit]

With Dizzy Gillespie

  • 1989 Live at the Royal Festival Hall 1989
  • 1989 Symphony Sessions
  • 1991 A Night in Tunisia
  • 1996 Live at the Royal Festival Hall 1987
  • 1997 Dizzy's 80th Birthday Party
  • 1999 Dizzy's World

With Charlie Haden

  • 2001 Nocturne
  • 2004 Land of the Sun

With Paul Haines

  • 1994 Darn It!
  • 1994 Poems by Paul Haines Musics by Many

With Kip Hanrahan

  • 1982 Coup de Tête
  • 1982 Desire Develops an Edge
  • 1985 A Few Short Notes from the End Run
  • 1985 Vertical's Currency
  • 1988 Conjure: Cab Calloway Stands in for the Moon
  • 1988 Days and Nights of Blue Luck Inverted
  • 1990 Tenderness
  • 1995 All Roads Are Made of the Flesh

With Enrique Jorrín

  • 1995 Danzon Cha Cha Cha, Vol. 1
  • 1996 Danzon Cha Cha Cha, Vol. 2

With Tito Puente

  • 1992 Live at the Village Gate
  • 1993 In Session
  • 2002 Live at the Playboy Jazz Festival

With Paquito D'Rivera

  • 1986 Manhattan Burn
  • 1994 Taste of Paquito

With Claudio Roditi

  • 1989 Slow Fire
  • 1996 Jazz Turns Samba

With Silvio Rodríguez

  • 1988 Dias Y Flores: Song of the Nueva Trova Cubana
  • 1999 Dias y Flores
  • 2000 Arboles

With Gonzalo Rubalcaba

  • 1999 Inner Voyage
  • 2001 Supernova
  • 2004 Paseo

With Hilton Ruiz

  • 1986 Something Grand
  • 1992 Manhattan Mambo
  • 1993 Heroes
  • 1995 Hands On
  • 1997 Island Eyes

With Steve Turre

With McCoy Tyner

  • 1981 13th House
  • 1982 La Leyenda de La Hora
  • 2007 Afro Blue

With others

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Brown, Marisa. "Ignacio Berroa: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Ignacio Berroa | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 June 2018.