Giovanni Hidalgo – “Mañenguito”

Giovanni Hidalgo – “Mañenguito”

Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest percussionists of our time, Puerto Rican born LP artist, Giovanni Hidalgo, began playing percussion at the age of five. Born into a family of musicians, Giovanni first played on a set of congas handcrafted by his father, the great Jose “Maneñgue” Hidalgo…..He also practiced on other percussion instruments, developing the lightning precision technique […]

Giovanni Hidalgo – Time Shifter

Giovanni Hidalgo – Time Shifter

Giovanni first became popular outside of Puerto Rico in the early eighties when traveling to Cuba to work with the group Batacumbele, in which he forged his life-long friendship with Changuito. Hidalgo soon after appeared on Batacumele’s debut album, which has subsequently become a cult favorite. Featuring his incredible hand-drumming technique, the album shot Giovanni to instant prominence. Inspired by […]

Giovanni Hidalgo

Giovanni Hidalgo

While performing with Eddie Palmieri in New York, Giovanni forged another life-long friendship, this time with Dizzy Gillespie, with whom he toured in 1988 as a member of Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra. He has also toured extensively with Tito Puente and Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum, and has performed with the likes of Dave Valentin, Paquito d’Rivera, and Carlos Santana. A […]

Giovanni Hidalgo – Educator

Giovanni Hidalgo – Educator

In 1992, Giovanni accepted a teaching position at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. That same year, he released his first solo album, Villa Hidalgo, following it up with Worldwide in 1993. His collaborative effort with pianist, Michel Camilo, Hands of Rhythm, released in 1997, was nominated for a Grammy award in The Best Latin Jazz category.

Giovanni Hidalgo – A Musician’s Musician

Giovanni Hidalgo – A Musician’s Musician

An unrivaled performer, whose skill and technique are admired by percussionists around the world, Giovanni is constantly evolving as a musician. His style is a melding of Latin, jazz, and folkloric influences, delivered in his signature nimble handed fashion.

Giovanni Hidalgo – World-Class Performer

Giovanni Hidalgo – World-Class Performer

    By Neil Tesser for the Chicago Reader… Several years ago, while traveling in central Italy, I met a rambunctious American jazz promoter who asked me, out of the clear blue, who I considered “the best conga-drum player in the whole goddamn world.” He didn’t ask for my favorite player, but rather for the best–retracting the question from the realm […]

Giovanni Hidalgo- The Hand Drumming Explosion!

Giovanni Hidalgo- The Hand Drumming Explosion!

By J. Poet Originally Published In The February/March 2000 Issue Of DRUM! Magazine There are so many reasons why we can feel lucky to be alive at the turn of the century. Not the least of which is that we all can see Giovanni Hidalgo play conga in person. You’d better believe that it’s an opportunity that shouldn’t be squandered. Some […]

Giovanni Hidalgo – Intergalactic Bird

Giovanni Hidalgo – Intergalactic Bird

…..”Giovanni is like a intergalactic bird that flies all over the universe spreading the great feeling of freedom and creative energy. The only way to catch him is to be there when he lands”…..Airto Moreira

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Volcan – 2013

  ALBUM REVIEW: “Volcan” by By RON NETSKY For Rochester City Newspaper  The latest supergroup to emerge from the Latin jazz scene has taken an appropriate name. “Volcan” is short for volcano, which as the album points out, embodies the essential elements: earth, air, wind, and fire. Executive Producer Gary Galimidi writes in his notes that volcanoes loom large over otherwise unremarkable landscapes. […]

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1999 – Best Friends – Humberto Ramirez & Giovanni Hidalgo

BEST FRIENDS BY HUMBERTO RAMIREZ AND GIOVANNI HIDALGO Written by  Lee Prosser JazzReview.com The two “best friends” here have done great justice to Latin Jazz and jazz in general. This CD has all the components necessary for listening, dancing or whatever one chooses to do. They’ve known each other since childhood and their fathers were accomplished musicians in Puerto Rico. Humberto Ramirez […]

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1997 – Hands of Rhythm – Giovanni Hidalgo

allmusic Review by Evan C. Gutierrez Could a collaborative effort between Dominican piano virtuoso Michel Camilio and Giovanni Hidalgo, who is commonly known as the finest living conguero, possibly live up to the expectations? The answer ….Hands of Rhythm offers is nothing short of  “All that and them some, baby.” The beautiful thing about hearing both Camilo and Hidalgo in a rare duo format is that unlike larger […]

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1995 – Time Shifter – Giovanni Hidalgo

review by Scott Yanow for allmusic.com For Time Shifter, percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo is featured with groups ranging in size from nine to 14 pieces. Hidalgo presides over dense ensembles that perform a variety of complex frameworks with apparent ease. “From This Moment On” (which has an effective vocal by Jill Amesbury that at first seems out of place) and “Yesterdays” are the only standards. Among the many soloists are Mario […]

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1993 – WorldWide – Giovanni Hidalgo

Este CD es una verdadera joya. El percusionista Giovanni Hidalgo encabeza un septeto / octeto que incluye flautista Dave Valentin, el trompetista Lew Soloff, tenor saxofonista Craig Handy, Hilton Ruiz y Eric Figueroa en el piano, el bajista Eddie Rivera, y el baterista Ignacio Berroa, Mario Rivera, además de diversas cañas. El régimen de Ruiz, Figueroa, y Marty desgranadora son muy coloridos, […]

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1992 – Villa Hidalgo – Giovanni Hidalgo

review by Scott Yanow Percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo‘s debut as a leader features the arrangements of trumpeter Tommy Villarini, who also contributed four of the nine selections. Hidalgo‘s conga, bongo, and timbales are showcased in a variety of settings, with his solos usually being brief and supportive of the other players. “Villa Hidalgo” has a guest spot by Dizzy Gillespie, altoist Paquito D’Rivera uplifts “Bahia San Juan,” […]

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2012 – Mysterium Tremendum – Mickey Hart Band

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2011 – Mano a Mano – Michel Camilo

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2009 – Omar Garcia – Omar Garcia

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2009 – Moving Forward – Bernie Williams

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