by / on February 5, 2004 at 4:31 am

El Negro 05-04

Drum roll…. rrllrrllrrllrrllrrllrrllrrllrrllrrllrrllrrllrrllrrllrrllrrllrrllrrllrrllrrllrrllrrllrrllrrllrrllrrll Grammy Party! We found out on the stage at The Regatta Bar in Boston that we were Grammy winners! What a surprise (and what a shame that we were not at the Grammy Party…) But anyway, it was lovely, Boston. Recording a few concerts in Japan with Chie Ayado took me almost half the month, and it […]

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by / on October 5, 2003 at 2:38 pm

El Negro – 10-03

I’m used to making my newsletter from behind my drums, but now I’m in front of a mixing board. And from the mixing board today, I am mourning the passing of Ron Spagnardi… who I feel made a huge contribution to the drumming community. His support and love will be deeply missed. From the deepest of my heart, I send […]

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by / on June 5, 2003 at 2:39 pm

El Negro – 6-03

So after this wonderful dvd with my brother Giovanni Hidalgo, I took a day off in LA to buy my computer! I bought a laptop and I’m getting into all the music programs with it. So from LA, I came back home to rehearse at the Avery Fisher Hall Flamenco Center for a show called The Cuban Jam which featured […]

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by / on April 5, 2003 at 2:40 pm

El Negro – 4-03

The most important news of the last month… my brother Robby Ameen is a father again! A beautiful baby named Lucia and I encourage you all to send him your congratulations for being a father! It has been a very exciting month mixing 2 or 3 projects at the same time – mixing my new record with Robby (of El […]

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by / on March 5, 2003 at 2:41 pm

El Negro – 3-03

On February 6th (thru the 8th), I played a great concert with Hilario Duran (the piano player from my 2000 Modern Drummer video) in Toronto… and from Toronto, I flew to Puerto Rico to record with Humberto Ramirez, sharing the percussion duties with my brother Richie Flores. I flew home for a couple days… and then to Miami to do […]

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by / on January 5, 2003 at 2:42 pm

El Negro – 1-03

Negro’s Musings – Diving into 2003! …. November was definitely a busy month. From the first day, I did 3 clinics in the Northwest (Washington, Idaho, and Oregon). I returned home on the 5th… and on the 6th departed to Europe with Michel Camillo for the 2nd leg of the European tour, which involved Spain and Germany. On the 22nd, […]

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by / on December 5, 2002 at 2:43 pm

El Negro – 12-02

New El Negro and Robby at the Third World War cd is now on the site! Sound Clips and more.. Happy Holidays! Negro 12/02

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by / on November 5, 2002 at 2:44 pm

El Negro – 11-02

Happy Happy Halloween, People! It’s been awhile, but we’re back! Very proud to finally have our own band happening. We were in Japan at the very end of July for a week & a half, playing, I think was 3 shows, as an opening band for our good friend Chie Ayado… and we played the first 2 concerts for 5000 […]

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by / on June 5, 2002 at 2:50 pm

El Negro – 6-02

Hi everybody! What a crazy few months these have been! On March 22, I departed to Verona, Italy to be a part of the Sound Expo 2002 where I had a great time playing 5 shows… just bass & drums with the one and only Daryl Jones! What a great time with such a great bass player! Then from the […]

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by / on March 5, 2002 at 2:51 pm

El Negro – 3-02

This month started with a visit to the candy store… the Zildjian Factory! I came back home with lots of new cymbals… mostly K’s & A’s. I got 18″, 17″, 16″, 15″, and 14″ in K Dark Crash Thins and the same sizes in the A Custom Fast Crashes, and 3 hi-hats (13″ & 14″ K and 12″ A)… no […]

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