The GSU Jazz faculty, Gordon Vernick, trumpet, Kevin Bales, piano, Billy Thornton, bass, and Dave Frackenpohl, guitar, performing with guest artist Ignacio Berroa.
Grammy Award winner Ignacio Berroa has an impressive resume, recording and performing with such maestros of the jazz world as Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean and Charlie Haden, as well as Latin American masters as Mario Bauza, Tito Puente, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Danilo Perez to name a few. As a big band drummer, he has worked with The Lincoln Center Big Band, The Carnegie Hall Big Band, WDR Big Band and The BBC Big Band.p
He studied at The National School of Arts and later at Havana's National Conservatory. By 1975, Ignacio was the most sought-after drummer in Cuba. When he left his homeland to come to New York, he was befriended by Mario Bauza, who introduced him to Dizzy Gillespie. The trumpeter enlisted Berroa for his band when he moved to U.S from Havana in 1980. Ignacio was also part of all the important bands Gillespie formed during that decade including his quartet, Dizzy Gillespie's 70th Anniversary Big Band, The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band and the Grammy Award – winning United Nations Orchestra.