This drummer has a very impressive CV. Known simply as ‘El Negro’, he divides his time between his native city, Havana, Cuba, and Miami and New York, where he works on a wide range of projects. In the 1990s, his phenomenal Latin-jazz style left a deep impression on Michel Camilo. He has toured the world with Santana, and in July he played with award-winning pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba at the North Sea Jazz Festival.
Photos: Margriet Cloudt & Jan Kloosterboer