Drummer, composer, arranger and producer Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez has been a driving force behind some of the most popular and influential Latin and Latin-fused music of the past two decades. Since leaving Cuba in 1990 his drumming has propelled the efforts of Grammy Award winners Michel Camilo, Roy Hargrove, Chucho Valdes, Gary Burton, Alejandro Sanz and Carlos Santana, as well as Paquito D’Rivera and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Hernandez is identified by his unique “Latin Fusion” style, melding the folkloric clave with the fierce punch, crisp snap and deep grooves of today’s Jazz, Pop, and Rock.
Negro’s impact extends beyond the stage and the studio. He holds an honorary Doctorate of Music degree from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, joining the ranks of Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, William “Count” Basie, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, and other legends. A highly esteemed percussion educator, Negro also serves as a member of the faculties of Berklee and the New School and Drummer’s Collective in New York. Then, his critically-acclaimed book and CD, Conversations in Clave: The Ultimate Technical Study of Four-Way Independence in Afro-Cuban Rhythms (2000), has become an industry standard.