Vince Cherico/Robert Quintero
Drummer Vince Cherico is a musical chameleon who performs in many musical styles, primarily jazz, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian music. From 1995-2006, he was the drummer for Ray Barretto's New World Spirit Sextet, where he developed his reputation as a first-call Latin jazz drummer.
In 1998, Cherico first performed with the original Caribbean Jazz Project, which began long musical relationships with Dave Samuels and Paquito D'Rivera. In 2004, Cherico joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and continues to perform and tour with them in support of their two Grammy-nominated CDs.
Among the artists Cherico has also performed with are the Arturo O'Farrill Sextet, the Dee Dee Bridgewater Group, and the Paquito D'Rivera Quintet. He has recently performed and recorded with Claudia Acuna, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Joe Lovano, James Moody, Eddie Palmieri, and many others. Cherico is also on the faculty of the Drummer's Collective, Queens College Jazz Program, and Long Island University Jazz Program.
Percussionist Robert Quintero was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where he was surrounded by other high-profile music acts. He is comfortable working in any genre of music, from symphonic to jazzy Afro-Venezuelan and Afro-Cuban. His father, a respected composer, singer, and purcussionist in his native country, tutored and encouraged Quintero on percussion throughout his adolescent years.
Quintero comes from a long line of outstanding musicians which includes his uncle, Carlos Nene Quintero, and cousin, Luisito Quintero. He studied at the Conservatory of Music in Caracas, Venezuela and Orchestra Sinfonica Juvenil de Venezuela. He joined the popular music ensembles, Grupo Madera and Oscar D'Leon, where he enjoyed widespread, worldwide exposure. Besides being known for his skillfull conga work, Roberto also plays bongos, drum set, djembe, timbales, and a wide variety of assorted percussion instruments. He has worked with Dave Samuels, Diane Schuur, Richard Bona, Gato Barbieri, Jack De Johnette, and many others.