Nachito Herrera - Monday, June 25 7:00 PM
“With unbridled freedom, he jams with potent montunos and high-energy timba to solos that can melt snow off the sidewalk.” – Latin Beat Magazine
Widely recognized as a young genius, Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera stunned Cuban audiences at the age of twelve, performing Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 with the Havana Symphony Orchestra. His love of classical music quickly combined with traditional Cuban rhythms under the instruction of the Cuban masters – Rubén González, Jorge Gomez Labraña, and Frank Fernández. In his twenties, Nachito became the musical director at the famous “Tropicana” in Cuba where he continued to deepen his repertoire. In the late 1990′s, Nachito joined the famed ¡Cubanismo! as its lead pianist, arranger, and musical director while cultivating a passion, talent and reputation in Latin Jazz; a striking influence in his music today.