Memo Acevedo

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Memo Acevedo
Birth nameGuillermo Memo Acevedo [1]
BornSanta Fe de Bogotá, Colombia [2]
GenresAfro-Cuban jazz, bossa nova, Latin jazz, rock, pop
Occupation(s)Musician, bandleader, composer, educator
InstrumentsDrums, percussion, timbales
Years active1966–present [3]

Memo Acevedo is a drummer from Colombia who performs Latin jazz.[1][3][4]


Born Guillermo Memo Acevedo in Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia,[5] Acevedo lived for a few years in Spain as a young man;[3] by the mid-1970s, he had moved to Toronto[6] where we would remain for approximately two decades.[3]

Starting in 1977 and continuing for almost twenty years, Acevedo led the Latin band Banda Brava.[7] During this period, he also led Memo Acevedo and the Jazz Cartel.[4]

Most of Acevedo's recordings have been as a sideman. The exception is his self-produced 1993 album Building Bridges (Concord, 1993) which included guest performances by Tito Puente, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Dave Valentin. He has worked with Bruce Cockburn, Irakere, Mark Murphy, Stephen Stills, Tom Scott, and performed in The Lion King musical.[5] He has also worked with The Propellerheads, Hilton Ruiz, Jackie and Roy, Peggy Stern,[4] Doug Riley, Carol Welsman,[2] and Bill McBirnie.

He was awarded the Percussive Arts Society President's Industry Award in 2011.[8]

Acevedo has performed as guest faculty at the Yakima Valley Community College Latin Music Festival several times. The festival is organized by David Blink.[9] Acevedo was a professor at New York University.


  • Building Bridges (1993, The Jazz Alliance)


  1. ^ a b "Jazz: Fusion, Latin Jazz, World Beat". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Memo Acevedo: Biography". Canadian Jazz Archive. Retrieved 19 February 2014..
  3. ^ a b c d "Memo Acevedo". Gon Bops. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Kosa Faculty: Memo Acevedo". Kosa Music. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  5. ^ a b Campbell, Al. "Memo Acevedo". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  6. ^ Scott, Andrew. "Locating Louis Simão in the Toronto Latin Music community: A dialogic ethnography; Memo Acevedo and the Toronto Latin Music community, 1980-1995". Soundscapes: journal on media culture. Volume 7, September 2004. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Festival Archives: Memo Acevedo and Banda Brava". Montreal Jazz Fest. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  8. ^ Stevenson, Marcia. "LP Education Specialist Memo Acevedo Receives PAS Award". LP E-News. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  9. ^ Yanow, Scott (2000). Afro-Cuban Jazz. Miller Freeman Books. p. 7. ISBN 978-0-87930-619-9.