Steve Berrios (US)
#Max Roach Percussion Orchestra
Paiste Artist Since Jun 1971
14" 2002 Medium Hi-Hat
20" Sound Formula Thin China
20" Signature Full Crash
18" 2002 Crash
20" Sound Creation New Dimension Dark Ride
22" Sound Creation New Dimension Dark Ride
Steve is considered by his peers to be one of the top latin jazz drummers and percussionists on the scene.He has recorded and toured with Max Roach and M'BOOM,Mongo Santamaria,Randy Weston,Tito Puente,Paquito D'Rivera,Michael Brecker,Bebo Valdez,Grover Washington Jr.,Ray Barretto,Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers,Hilton Ruiz,Leon Thomas,Celia Cruz,Nancy Wilson,Pucho and The Latin Soul Brothers,Joe Panama,La Lupe,Miriam Makeba,and Kathleen Battle just to name a few!Steve has appeared and participated in film soundtracks such as "Crimes and Misdemeanors" "Mo Better Blues" "Jungle Fever" "Latin Rhythms Applied to The Drum Set" "Calle 54" and "El Cantante" His second CD "And Then Some" on Milestone Records was nominated for a Grammy in 1996!
As a young musician Steve won several competitions playing trumpet at the legendary Apollo Theater's Wednesday Amateur Night! But his real musical education came from listening to his parents diverse record collection, that included the likes of Arsenio Rodriguez,Duke Ellington,Chappotin y Cuni,Trio Los Panchos,Bird and Diz,Rafael Cortijo y Ismael Rivera,Billie Holiday,Machito And His Afro Cubans,Frank Sinatra,Los Munequitos De Matanzas,Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers,Ramito y La Calandria,Count Basie,Davilita,Nat King Cole,Los Tres Aces,Stravinsky and so on!!! In addition,exposed to renowned musicians who would come by the house to hang with his parents completed the circle! His two greatest early influences were Willie Bobo,bilingual percussionist and Julio Collazo the legendary Master of the Sacred bata drums!
Steve joined Mongo's band playing both traps and timbales from the late 60's untill 1980.During his tenure with Mongo,Julio became Steve's mentor spiritually and musically.In 1981 he became a founding member of The Fort Apache Band.Great musicians like Mongo Santamaria,Max Roach,Chico O'farril and Billy Hart regard Steve as "The Master of Bridging The Latin and Jazz Tradition" "A unique Drummer who's completely Bilingual" Because of his mastery,Steve is a veteran of more than 300 recordings.He's a leader on two remarkable CD's on Milestone Records with his group "Son Bacheche"