Giovanni Hidalgo

Giovanni Hidalgo

BandLatinJazz

Performed & Recordings with other musicians :
Bola Abimbola
Sikiru Adepoju
Art Blakey
Muruga Booker
Jack Bruce
Don Byron
Michel Camilo
Dizzy Gillespie
Sammy Hagar
Kip Hanrahan
Mickey Hart
Zakir Hussain
Cassius Khan
Charlie Palmieri
Phish
Tito Puente
Hilton Ruiz
Paul Simon

Biography

Hidalgo auditioned and was hired by the Batacumbele Band in 1980. In 1981, he traveled with the band to Cuba where he met a musician by the name of José Luis Quintana "Changuito". Together they were able to create a unique style of rhythm and ushered in a new musical era in Latin music.
In 1985, Hidalgo was performing with Eddie Palmieri at The Village Gate in New York City, when the legendary jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie walked in and listened to Hidalgo play. He was so impressed with Hidalgo that he told him that someday in the future they must get together and play. In 1988 Hidalgo joined Gillespie's United Nation Orchestra.
In 1992, he was hired as an adjunct professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. There he taught many types of rhythms; Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, reggae, African and jazz. He held this academic position until 1996.
Awards:
In 1991 Hidalgo received a Grammy Award in the category of world music (the first year the category existed) as part of Mickey Hart's percussion ensemble Planet Drum for the album of the same name. He also performed on the 1993 Arturo Sandoval album Danzon (Dance On) which won the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Performance, and received Grammy nominations in the same category for the albums Hands of Rhythm in 1997 and The Body Acoustic in 2005. In 2009 he collaborated with Hart again as part of the Global Drum Project, whose title album won the world music Grammy that year.

Discography

Discography:
1992 - Villa Hidalgo (CD) Pimienta
1993 - Worldwide (CD) RMM
1995 - Time Shifter (CD) RMM
1997 - Hands Of Rhythm (CD) RMM (Grammy Nommination)
1998 - The Best of Giovanni Hidalgo (CD) RMM

With other artists:
1981 - Con Un Poco De Songo - Batacumbele (CD) Disco Hit
1985 - Few Short Notes From the End Run - Kip Hanrahan (EP - CD) Justin Time
1986 - Aqui Se Puede - Airto Moreira (CD) Montuno
1986 - Word Up! - Cameo (CD) Mercury Records
1987 - Mind Time - Dave Valentin (CD) GRP Records
1987 - Afro Caribbean Jazz - Batacumbele (CD) Montuno
1987 - Celebration - Paquito D'Rivera (CD) Columbia Records
1988 - In Concert: Live At The University Of Puerto Rico - Batacumbele (CD) Montuno
1988 - Live At The Blue Note - Dave Valentin (CD) GRP Records
1989 - Live At The Royal Festival Hall 1989 - Dizzy Gillespie & The United Nations Orchestra (CD & DVD) Red Ink
1989 - Samba De Flora - Airto Moreira (CD) Montuno
1990 - Tenderness - Kip Hanrahan (CD) Yellowbird
1990 - Reunion - Paquito D'Rivera (CD) Termidor Universal Special Imports
1990 - Abriendo Puertas - Jerry Rivera (CD) Discos CBS
1991 - Planet Drum - Mickey Hart (CD) Rykodisc
1991 - Bolivia - Freddie Hubbard (CD) Musicmasters
1992 - Pintando Lunas - Domingo Quinones (CD) RMM Records
1992 - Jazz Project - Humberto Ramirez (CD) Tropi Jazz Records
1992 - Queen Of The Night - Flora Purim (CD) Sound Wave
1992 - Manhattan Mambo Soundtrack – Hilton Ruiz (CD) Telarc Distribution
1992 - Live At Birdland - Hilton Ruiz (CD) Candid
1992 - Live At The Village Gate - Tito Puente (CD) Tropi Jazz
1993 - Golden Latin Jazz All Stars In Session - Tito Puente's Golden Jazz All Stars (CD) RMM
1993 - Heroes - Hilton Ruiz (CD) Telarc Distribution
1993 - Paul Simon 1964-1993 - Paul Simon (CD) Warner Bros.
1993 - Danzon (Dance On) - Arturo Sandoval (CD) GRP (USA)
1993 - Aspects - Humberto Ramirez (CD) RMM
1994 - Speed Of Light - Flora Purim (CD) Meltdown/B&W Music
1994 - One More Once - Michel Camilo (CD) Columbia Records
1995 - All Roads Are Made Of The Flesh - Kip Hanrahan (CD) American Clave
1995 - Hands On Percussion - Hilton Ruiz (CD) RMM
1995 - Encounters Of The Fourth World - Fourth World (CD) Black & White Records
1996 - Evolucionando - Johnny Almendra (CD) RMM
1996 - Mickey Hart's Mystery Box - Mickey Hart (CD) Rykodisc
1997 - Marching To Mars - Sammy Hagar (CD) Universal Special Products
1997 - Tropijazz All-Stars Volume 2 - TropiJazz All-Stars (CD) Tropi Jazz
1997 - 50 Years Of Swing - Tito Puente (CD box set) RMM
1998 - Larry Harlow's Latin Legend Band - Larry Harlow (CD) Sony Discos
1998 - Antiguo - Gonzalo Rubalcaba (CD) Blue Note Records
1998 - Havana Blues - Armando Rodriguez (CD) Palmetto
1998 - Supralingua - Mickey Hart (CD) Ryko
1998 - Mi Forma De Sentir - Yanko (CD) RMM
1998 - God Bless The Child - Freddie Hubbard (CD) Musicmasters
1999 - Last Journey - Fourth World (CD) M.E.L.T. 2000 (Zeit)
1999 - McCoy Tyner & The Latin All-Stars - McCoy Tyner (CD) Telarc Distribution
1999 - Best Friends - Humberto Ramirez (CD) Sony Discos
2000 - Rhythms For A New Millennium - Alex Acuna (CD) Tonga Productions Inc.
2000 - Best Kept Secret - Ralph Irizarry (CD) Shanachie
2000 - Conga Kings - Candido Camero (CD) Chesky
2000 - Galeria Caribe - Ricardo Arjona (CD) Sony Music
2000 - Imprint - John Patitucci (CD) Concord Jazz
2000 - Homeless - Airto Moreira (CD) Melt 2000 (Zeit)
2001 - Drawn From Memory: Best Of Kip Hanrahan - Kip Hanrahan (CD) IN AK
2001 - Yo Por Ti - Olga Tanon (CD) Warner Bros.
2001 - TNT (Trombone-N-Tenor) - Steve Turre (CD) Telarc Distribution
2001 - Jazz Descargas - Conga Kings (CD) Chesky
2002 - Flora Purim Sings Milton Nascimento - Flora Purim (CD) Narada
2002 - Mondo Head - Kodo (CD) Red Ink
2002 - Together Again - Juan Pablo Torres (CD) MusicHaus
2002 - Over The Edge And Back: The Best Of Mickey Hart - Mickey Hart (CD) Rykodisc
2002 - Live At The Playboy Jazz Festival - Tito Puente (CD) Playboy Jazz
2002 - Lo Bueno De La Vida - Orlando Poleo (CD) Sony International
2003 - Life After That - Airto Moreira (CD) Narada
2004 - Studio Recordings 1972-2000 - Paul Simon (CD) Rhino Records
2004 - Body Acoustic - Body Acoustic (CD) Chesky
2004 - Desahogo - Vico-C (CD) EMI Music Distribution
2004 - My Music, My Friends, My Time - Oskar Cartaya (CD) O.Y.E.
2004 - Como Nunca...Como Siempre - Limi-T 21 (CD) EMI Latin
2005 - Sabor Cubano - Alina Izquierdo (CD) Pimienta
2005 - Flora's Song - Flora Purim (CD) Narada
2005 - Con Mucho Ritmo!: The Very Best Of Tropijazz (CD) Verve Records
2005 - Listen Here! - Eddie Palmieri (CD) Concord
2006 - Descarga En California - Rebeca Mauleon (CD) Pimienta
2006 - Masa Con Masa - Millo Torres (CD) Machete Music
2006 - Codes - Ignacio Berroa (CD) Blue Note
2006 - Telegrafia Sin Hilo - Changuito (CD) Cacao Musica
2007 - De Corazon A Corazon - Team Vip (CD) Union Music Group
2007 - Live At The Jazz Plaza Festival 1985 - Dizzy Gillespie (CD) MVD
2007