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“South Florida JAZZ at Bailey Hall” Presents Ignacio Berroa

Cuban-American drummer will also narrate his unique video project Afro-Cuban Jazz and Beyond

Davie, Fla. (May 3, 2018) – Led by the legendary Cuban-American drummer Ignacio Berroa will perform with his trio following his narrated educational video presentation, Afro-Cuban Jazz and Beyond, as part of the "South Florida JAZZ at Bailey Hall" series on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m.

A great Afro-Cuban drummer, Berroa has worked with a who's who of Latin and American artists including Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Michael Brecker, Jaco Pastorius, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, among numerous others. He began his musical education at age 11, ultimately studying at Cuba's National Conservatory. The 1980 Mariel boatlift transported him to New York City where he was soon introduced to Dizzy Gillespie and spent the next 10 years as the trumpet legend's drummer.

Gillespie best defined 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's latest release is Straight Ahead From Havana, which All About Jazz reviewed reporting, "Ignacio Berroa has re-imagined the popular songbook of his homeland, into Straight Ahead From Havana, shaking up established traditional elements to form a new jazz perspective."

As part of the concert, Berroa will narrate his video presentation Afro-Cuban Jazz and Beyond, which traces the reciprocal development of Afro-Cuban music and Cuban music and jazz.

Tickets are $35 - $45; a $10 ticket is available for students under 25 with valid I.D. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or contacting the Bailey Hall box office at (954) 201-6884. The physical box office and phone lines are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and one hour prior to the event. The flagship venue of Broward College, Bailey Hall is located on the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus at 3501 SW Davie Rd. in Davie and offers complimentary parking.



Bailey Hall offers Broward College students, faculty and the South Florida community with highest quality cultural entertainment and programming which is hip, smart, engaging, and authentic. The College uses its various music, theater, and film series to incorporate an academic component for its fine arts and visual arts students through master classes, workshops and participation. Recently, Bailey Hall underwent a $5.6 million renovation to improve the experience, sound and atmosphere.

Serving more than 63,000 students annually, Broward College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees and baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. The mission of the college is to provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners. For more information, visit


South Florida JAZZ, Inc. (SFJ) is a nonprofit cultural arts organization that incorporated in 1992 to produce the Hollywood Jazz Festival, which terminated in 2005. It is and based in Broward County, but has presented in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, as well.  Current activities, in its 26th season, focus upon production of a seasonal monthly concert series that migrated to Bailey Hall in 2018, and features critically acclaimed national and international artists. Additionally, SFJ has created several in-school mentoring programs from young children to collegiate music majors. SFJ sponsors master classes and clinics for high school and college students conducted by premier musicians visiting the area in conjunction with SFJ performances. The organization receives grants from Broward County and private foundations in addition to private donation from its membership. Additional information is available at

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