One of the most important representitives of Latin jazz in the world of drumming, creator of a new Cuban sound... Calixto Oviedo is the Elvin Jones of Cuba."
- All About Jazz, Italia
Calixto Oviedo is a living encyclopedia of Cuban drumming and percussion, from the profound roots of African-influenced folklore to the hottest dance music and the cutting edge of jazz. One of the creators of the dynamic timba rhythm when he was the drummer for the iconic Havana group NG la Banda, Oviedo's innovative and brilliant percussive techniques have made him the in-demand drummer for The Afro Cuban All Stars, Calixto has had the
opportunity to play with numerous internationally known artists including Paquito D'Rivera,Arturo Sandoval, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Chucho Valdes, Danilo Perez and many others with a
career that spans over 38 years.
Calixto Oviedo was born on October 14, 1955
Latin Grammy Rumba del siglo
Akademia Music Award best latin jazz album dec 2015
Calixto moved from Stockholm to Lakewood, CO in July of 2013. Since then he has been performing and teaching clinics
at major United States Universities, such as University of Colorado at Boulder (CU), California State University at Los
Angeles (CSULA), and Berklee College of of Music.
He has been honored to play at this various festivals around the world: Feria de Cali, Colombia ; Montreaux Jazz Festival,Paleo Rock Festival, Carnaval in Panamá, Nice jazz Festival, France; Roskilde Festival, Festival de Salsa en Madrid,
Spain; North Sea Jazz Festival, Netherlands; Antillansefeesten, Belgium; Festival de Salsa en Barcelona, Spain; Umbria
Jazz, Italy; Couleur Café, Belgium; Festival di San Remo, Italy; Riga Ritmi Festival, Latvia; Copenhagen Jazz Festival,
Denmark; Nordischerklang, Germany; Gottingen Jazz Festival, Germany; Red Sea Jazz Festiva, Eilat – Israel; Imatra Big
Band Festival, Finland; Umeå Jazz Festival, Sweden; Oslo World Music, Norway; Salsa Festival, Madrid, Spain; Feria del
Pacifico, Peru; Frutas Tropicales, Helsinki – Finland; Molde Jazz Festival, Molde, Norway; Udine jazz –Italy; A Sulle
Bocce –Italy; Montreal Jazz Festival –Canada; Portland Jazz Festival
Tijuna Blues & Jazz Festival and may more.