Grammy-Award winner Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez is recognized as one of the most talented drummers in the world today. Born in Havana, Cuba into a very musical family, he began studying with Fausto Garcia Rivera and Enrique Pla, the infamous percussionist of Irakere, whose members also included renowned Arturo Sandoval and Paquito Rivera.  While attending the National School of Arts in Havana, he began playing with Saxophonist Nicolas Reynoso as well as for the EGREM Studio and Proyecto, led by pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba.   Whether playing with jazz legends McCoy Tyner or Michel Camilo, preeminent rock stars Carlos Santana or Steve Winwood, or as a member of renowned Latin ensembles like Tito Puente’s Tropi-Jazz All Stars, El Negro has earned a strong reputation as one of the most prolific, powerful and versatile players on the current musical scene.  Best known for his 1990 Grammy for Santana’s Supernatural, he has recorded over 60 CDs, collaborated with Michel Camilo on the Kip Hanrahan Deep Rumba Project and participated in The Back Room, a Cuban cultural project (1998-2005.)

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