January 27, 2020

Ignacio Berroa

As the perfect blend of Afro-Cuban and jazz music, grammy award winning drummer Ignacio Berroa has become known as “one of the greatest drummers of our time” and has caught the eye of many well-known and important artists in the business.


Born in Havana, Cuba in 1953, Ignacio Berroa grew up playing music and started his professional career in 1970. and quickly gained notice on the island for his drumming skills. In 1980 he left Cuba during the Mariel Boatlift, and headed to New York. Musicians like Mario Bauza and Chico O’Farrill recognized his talent and recommended him to jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie. Ignacio accepted an invitation to join Dizzy’s quartet, and played as part of it and other bands Gillespie assembled until 1993 when Gillespie passed away.

Ignacio With Dizzy

Since drumming with Dizzy Gillespie, Ignacio Berroa has put out many wonderful albums of his soulful jazz/Afro-Cuban music. “Codes”, his first album as a leader, was released in 2007 and subsequently nominated for a Grammy award. Since then, many albums he has put out or been involved with have been nominated for or won a Grammy award. Berroa has also written books on his craft, like Groovin’ In Clave, A New Way of Groovin’, and an instructional DVD “Mastering the Art of Afro”. He has taught clinics and classes all over the world to share his love of music with others.

Ignacio Berroa’s new album “Heritage and Passion” is now available on iTunes