Vince Cherico

born December 5, 1958

Instrument drums
Birthplace Atlantic City, NJ

Available Leadsheets

5-time Grammy Award Winner, Vince Cherico, is the drummer for featured artists in today's Jazz and World music venues. From 1995 - 2006 he was the drummer with Ray Barretto & The New World Spirit, later The Ray Barretto Sextet, and developed his reputation in Latin Jazz while touring the world, recording 6 CD's and 2 Grammy nominations for Contact & Time Was,Time Is. Modern Drummer describes Cherico as, "a drummer of fluidity, fire, and physical ease" who "plays with balanced dynamics and a commanding yet sensitive touch."

Cherico was chosen to be the next drummer for Jazz at Lincoln Center's Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra in 2004. He joined them for performances at JALC's The Rose Theatre and world tours. In 2005 Vince recorded their first CD Una Noche Inolvidable earning a 2006 Grammy nomination. The following year he recorded The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra's second CD, Song For Chico, which won the 2009 Grammy Award for "Best Latin Jazz Album". In 2010, Vince earned another Grammy nomination with The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra's third CD 40 Acres & A Burro. Since their departure from Jazz at Lincoln Center, Vince has continued to perform with The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra on tour and in New York at Birdland Jazz Club and Symphony Space. Cherico had also served as a frequent sub in the Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, a unit formed by Arturo’s legendary father with whom he won a 2014 Grammy.

During 2009 - 2013, in addition to playing with many other groups, Vince toured with famed vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, with notable performances at Carnegie Hall, the Monterey Jazz Festival and an NPR broadcast performance Live at the Kennedy Center. During this time period, Vince also recorded with the legendary Manhattan Transfer for their CD: The Chick Corea Songbook.

Not solely focused on gigging, Vince is a dedicated educator teaching privately at his own New York City studio, as well as on the faculty of The Drummers Collective and The Columbia University Jazz Program, teaching classes, ensembles and private lessons.

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