Calixto Oviedo

Band: Independent/Educator


Calixto Oviedo is a Latin Grammy nominated artist (2000 La Rumba del Siglo) and is endorsed Aquarian Drumheads by DC California Drums, Gon Bop, Innovative Percussion and Soultone Cymbals. 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 in the Havana Barrio of La Vibora. Calixto’s earlier musical memories were at the age of two or three, waiting in front of the television, toy violin in hand, to play along with performances of his favorite band, Orquesta Aragon. It was at the advanced age of four, however, that it became clear to the young prodigy that his true calling was to play the drums. The toy violin was discarded in favor of a plastic bucket, several cans, and a frying pan, all of which he played with drumsticks fashioned from coat hangers. He joined the conservatory at the age of eight, but by then he was already a formidable player
and started paying with a professional band. He formed his own band at the age of 17 with various future players of the NG La Banda. He was the drummer with NG La Banda during the period that produced many of their greatest recordings, including Santa Palabra, Échale Limón, and El Trágico. In the mid-90’s, he relocated to Sweden, during which time he made an excellent Timba recording, “La Recompensa” with his son Yulién, and other key members of Charanga Habanera. He was also the drummer for the Afro-Cuban All Stars band.
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 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; Sun Festival –Singapore.
As of October 1st, 2014, Calixto became a professor at the California State University at Los
Angeles (CSULA).

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1979 Guayabero [Pacho Alonso]
1981 Disco de Boleros [Pacho Alonso]
1981 Micaela [Pacho Alonso]
1981 Freddie Quiroz, Ecuador
1985 Adalberto Álvarez & Omara Portuondo: Canta el son [A. Álvarez]
1985 Adalberto Álvarez y su Son [A. Álvarez]
1986 El regreso de María [A. Álvarez]
1986 Abriendo el Ciclo [NG La Banda]
1986 Todos Estrellas del Son
1987 Sueño con una gitana [A. Álvarez]
1987 Atraves del Ciclo [NG la Banda]
1988 Fin de semana [A. Álvarez]
1988 No te Compliques [NG la Banda]
1990 Dominando la partida [A. Álvarez]
1992 Amor entre 3, El jinetero, Vuela paloma
1992 En cuerpo y alma (Live in Japan and Italy) [NG la Banda]
1992 Échale limón (Japan) [NG la Banda]
1993 Para Curaçao  [NG la Banda]
1993 La que manda [NG la Banda]
1994 La Bruja [NG la Banda]
1995 La Cachimba [NG la Banda]
1995 En directo desde el patio de mi casa (live)  [NG la Banda]
1995 El Año que Viene [Issac Delgado]
1995 De Aqui Pa’ lla [NG la Banda]
1995 Pasaporte: Homenaje a Anga y Tata ~ Premio Egrem Cuba
2000  Calixto Oviedo: La recompensa (EGREM)
2002 La Generacion de los 80 [Issac Delgado]
2004 Dejli Simom Monserrat ~ Estocolmo, Suecia
2004 Cantandole a la Vida [Pachito Alonso]
2005 Calixto’s Way
2006 Gingembre Band  [Buy at Amazon]
2011 Paula Noel ~ Estocolmo, Suecia

2012 Natura  Yasser Pino & The Latin Syndicat Copenhagen

2012 Nils Fisches Rumberos a Monton Holanda

2013 Album Clandestina Japan Tokyo

2012 Soneros all star  Stockholm

2015 Cuban Jazz Train  A mi aire Best Latin Jazz Album dec 2015 LA

2015 Horizontes Chuchito Valdes LA

2016 Brian Andres Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel LA

2016 Orquesta La Palabra LA

2016 Abracadabra Oriente Lopez

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