Joaquin Pozo, originally from Havana, Cuba, is a master percussionist and composer known for his uniquely virtuosic style on the congas - rhythmic, melodic and hard-hitting. He plays percussion of all genres including latin jazz, salsa, rumba and specializing in the folkloric music of Cuba.
Pozo began playing music when he was 8 years old and his professional career began from the time he was 15. Pozo has performed all over the world, including France, Germany, Belgium, Mexico and Colombia. In Cuba, he taught as a professor at the National Arts School and the University ISA.
Pozo arrived in the United States 5 years ago and has been performing and teaching all over New York City, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joe's Pub, SOB's, and Minton's. He has led percussion workshops at Local 802 in NYC, as well as in Chicago and Washington D.C. Music is part of Pozo's identity and comes from a long family tradition.
Currently, Mr. Pozo performs with Joaquin Pozo y La Clave Suena in venues like Jazz at Lincoln Center, S.O.B.s, Joe's Pub. He also performs for outdoor festivals in Central Park. He leads percussion workshops and teaches private students. He and his group perform Cuban music including salsa, rumba, and Latin jazz. Please visit his web page to see more information.