Horacio Hernandez

Horacio Hernandez

Horacio Hernandez a.k.a. “El Negro” (born April 24, 1963, in HavanaCuba) is a Cuban drummer and percussionist.

“El Negro” is one of a new generation of players from Cuba. He is following in the footsteps of countrymen Arturo SandovalPaquito D’RiveraIgnacio 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. In 1990, Hernandez left Cuba for the U.S. Since then he has played 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, Hernandez earned an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music. He received the award at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy from Berklee’s former Vice President of Academic Affairs, Larry Monroe.[1]

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

Source – Wikipedia

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