Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Berroa, Ignacio, percussion; born in Havana Cuba on July 8,1953. Following his father's footsteps he began his musical education as a classical violinist. But when he heard albums by Nat King Cole and Glenn Miller he changed direction, taking his first drum lesson at age 11.He studied at the National School of Arts and then at Havana's National Conservatory, beginning his professional career in 1970. By 1975 he had become Cuba's most sought after drummer.
After moving to New York in 1980 he worked with various artists including Mario Bauza, who introduced him to Dizzy Gillespie.In August 1981 Gillespie invited Berroa to join his group and throughout the next decade he also worked with Gillespie's various big bands and the United Nations Orchestra.
He was an Adjunct Faculty Instructor at Florida International University from 1991 to 1994. He has also conducted clinics and master classes all over the world and has recorded and played with McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Marsalis, Jackie Mc Lean, Clark Terry, James Moody, Milt Jackson, Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, Eddie Gomez, Phil Woods, Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Jon Faddis, Jack Bruce, Jaco Pastorius, Tito Puente, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Lalo Schifrin, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, WDR Big Band and BBC Big Band, among others.
Berroa: Mastering The Art of Afro-Cuban Drumming (1995)
Books by Berroa:
Groovin' In Clave
A New Way of Groovin'
Batacumbele: Batacumbele con un poco de Songo -
McCoy Tyner: La Leyenda de la Hora
Dizzy Gillespie 70th Anniversary Big Band Live at The Royal Festival Hall
Dizzy Gillespie and The United Nations Orchestra Live at The Royal Festival Hall
Danilo Perez: The Journey
Tito Puente: Golden Latin Jazz All Stars in Session
Luciana Souza: An Answer to your Silence
Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Inner Voyage
Dizzy Gillespie Alumni: Dizzy's World
Charlie Haden: Nocturne
Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Supernova