calixto oviedo on drums

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Calixto Oviedo was born on Octobe

Calixto’s first major group was formed in 1972 with future Van Van trombonist and arranger Hugo Morejón, future NG La Banda trumpeter José Miguel “El Greco” Crego, bassist Omar Hernández, singer Orestes Roque and conguero Santiago Gainza. It was Calixto who came up with the band’s name, Acheré.

, Calixto stayed in the band for another year with Pachito Alonso, and joined later  Adalberto Álvarez y su Son.

 

Adalberto Álvarez y su Son was one of the leading groups of the 1980s and Calixto’s driving groove and unique sizzling hihat were a big part of their appeal.

In early 90's José Luis “El Tosco” Cortés, founded  NG La Banda, along with several other horn players, including José “El Greco” Crego from Calixto’s Acheré days, and  singers Issac Delgado and Tony Calá from Pachito Alonso and Ritmo Oriental, respectively.  Calixto joined NG and found himself on a tour through Europe and Japan that produced the live double album En cuerpo y alma. During this period NG la banda recorded many of their greatest songs including Santa Palabra, Èchale Limon, and El tragico.

 

In early 90's José Luis “El Tosco” Cortés, founded  NG La Banda, along with several other horn players, including José “El Greco” Crego from Calixto’s Acheré days, and  singers Issac Delgado and Tony Calá from Pachito Alonso and Ritmo Oriental, respectively.  Calixto joined NG and found himself on a tour through Europe and Japan that produced the live double album En cuerpo y alma. During this period NG la banda recorded many of their greatest songs including Santa Palabra, Èchale Limon, and El tragico.

Today after more than 40 years as a professional musician, he has had the opportunity to work and perform with a large number of internationally known musicians, such as:

Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Paquito D’Rivera, David Sanchez, Danilo Pérez, Arturo Sandoval, Luis Conte, Ray Barreto, Chucho Valdés,Giovanni Hidalgo, Willie Colón, Alfredo Rodriguez, Dave Valentin, Juan Pablo Torres, Emiliano Salvador, Chico Freeman, Orlando "Maraca" Valle, Tony Martinez, Tata Güines, José Luis "Changuito" Quintana, Miguel "Angá" Diaz, among others.

has been part of important bands: Afro Cuban All Stars (Band Leader Juan De Marcos Gonzalez) Buena Vista Social Club(Havana Lounge Project)

He resides today in LA. California.

 

 

 

Endorsers:

             Soultone Cymbals,

             DW Drums

                 Aquarian Drums Head

                                  Gon Bops Percussion

                                                        Innovative Percussion