Adam Cruz presents a drum clinic demonstrating swing and motion in 5/4. This clinic was co-sponsored by the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and the Percussion Department.
A creative force on the international jazz scene for the last two decades, drummer and composer Cruz is best known for his work with Pérez, Steve Wilson, David Sanchez, and Edward Simon. In recent years, Cruz has forged a steady musical relationship with pianist Pérez and is a member of the Danilo Pérez Trio, which also features bassist Ben Street. Cruz's remarkable musicianship has made him one of the most in-demand drummers of today.
In 2010, he was awarded a grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music to record his much-anticipated debut solo recording as a composer and bandleader, entitled Milestone. The album was released in 2011 on Sunnyside Records and received great critical acclaim by the Los Angeles Times, DownBeat magazine, and Jazz Times. The New York Times describes the album as "informed by several strains of Latin music but just as meaningfully by brisk post-bop and lyrically minded free jazz."
Adam Cruz: drums
Recorded live in DFRH
Mariana Migliore: house sound
Chenao Wang: lighting
Filmed by Berklee Video Series
Sam Harchick: director/swithcher/video engineer
Benjamin Henry: camera
Sara Pagiaro: editor