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Afro-Cuban Drummer Berroa to Play in Greenwich

Come out to the Greenwich Library on Saturday and hear the beats of Grammy-nominated drummer Ignacio Berroa and his five-piece band. Berroa, a Cuban émigré, has played drums with some of jazz and Latin music’s most distinguished artists, including Dizzy Gillespie , Chick Corea , Charlie Haden and Tito Puente .

Gillespie, who died in 1993, described Berroa as “the only Latin drummer in the world, in the history of American music, that intimately knows both worlds; his native Afro-Cuban music as well as jazz.” Berroa was nominated for a Grammy award in 2007.

Jazz great Wynton Marsalis had this to say about Berroa. “Ignacio plays with intelligence, taste, fire, and soul. His playing combines the finest aspects of Afro-Cuban and American styles of drumming.”

The concert, featuring guitarist Vic Juris, is free and open to the public. Doors open at 3 p.m. Saturday at the library’s Cole Auditorium. For more information, contact David Waring at (203) 622-7917.

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