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Simpson, Ernesto

Simpson, Ernesto, drums and percussion; b. Camaguey, Cuba, 10 March 1964.

Simpson graduated from National School of Instructors of Art in Havana (Cuba) 1984. He's the son of Silverio Simpson-Bargallot (trumpet player) and Guillermina Hernandez (retired). He has one brother, Rauliert Simpson (percussionist). He attended a percussion and drums Clinic at the University of Rotterdam (Holland) in 1992. For drums, his principal teachers was at Xavier University - Bogota, Colombia (1995-1997). He took a master class at the University of Miami (2002). He was special guest drummer for jazz concerts at Florida International University. He has played with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Chico Freeman, Carmen McRae, Irene Reed, Michael Brecker, Michael Legrand, Othello Molineaux, Chucho Valdez, Hilario Duran, Dave Grusin and currently tours with Arturo Sandoval. He's married to Nora Martinez.

Lorena: Sangre y fuego (1996); Arturo Sandoval: Americana (1999); Candy Dulfer: What does it take (1999); Johny  Pedre: Love and Music (2000); Olga Guillot: Faltaba Yo (2001); Various Artists: Bolero Jazz Misty (2001); Arturo Sandoval: My Passion for the Piano (2001); Frankie V: Smooth Ride (2001); Isis Alsina: New Direction (2002); Arturo Sandoval: Trumpet Evolution (2003);

"Random Hearts" (1999), music by Dave Grusin; "For Love or Country" The Arturo Sandoval Story (2000), music by Arturo Sandoval

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