Famed jazz drummer Ignacio Berroa's numerous contributions to American music have earned him a place among a select group of artists known to have set new musical trends for the 20th century.
Berroa moved to New York from Havana, Cuba, in 1980. He joined Dizzy Gillespie's quartet in 1981 and became the drummer of all the important bands Gillespie formed until his death in 1993.
Gillespie defined Ignacio best 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."
Berroa's first album as a leader, Codes, on Blue Note Records, was nominated for a Grammy in 2007. He has recorded and played with McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Michael Brecker, Phil Woods, Jaco Pastorius, Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, Tito Puente and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, to name just a few.