Dafnis Prieto

Dafnis Prieto


From Cuba, Dafnis Prieto's revolutionary drumming techniques and compositions had a powerful impact on the Latin and Jazz music scene, nationally and internationally. Various awards include “2011 MacArthur Fellowship Award”, a Grammy Award Winning and Latin Grammy Nomination for “Dafnis Prieto Big Band / Back to the Sunset” in 2018, a Grammy Award Nomination for “Absolute Quintet” as Best Latin Jazz Album, and a Latin Grammy Nomination for “Best New Artist” in 2007. Besides his own music and projects, Dafnis has worked in bands led by Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdés, Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Eddie Palmieri, and many more.

Behind the kit

Dafnis Prieto Big Band 'Danzonish Potpourri'

Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio - The Magic Danzonete

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