Memo Acevedo is an active New York City drummer, percussionist and educator. He pioneered Colombia and Spain’s Rock music scene during his teens. A self-taught musician, his passion for Jazz and Latin music compelled him to take it as a serious object of study after leaving home. Having lived in Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Canada, California and New York, have endowed him with a vast knowledge and experience in all styles of music.
Recording and performing credits include (among many) the late greats Tito Puente, Gregory Hines, Hilton Ruiz Louie Bellson and Joe Cuba; Stephen Stills, Joss Stone, Crystal Bowersox, Angelique Kidjo; Brazilian masters Moacir Santos and Ivan Lins and; Jazz singers Mark Murphy and Jackie & Roy; Cuban bands, Irakere and Klimax and Broadway show “The Lion King”. Memo’s self-produced CD “Building Bridges” features mentor Tito Puente, flutist, Dave Valentín and pianist, Gonzalo Rubalcaba.
In 1997, Memo founded the Samba Ensemble at New York University’s Jazz program; directed the Latin/ Brazilian Jazz Ensemble and taught drum set & percussion lessons until 2011.
He is the co-author of the “Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian Drumming”, produced by New York’s foremost drum school, Drummer’s Collective where he presently teaches since 1997. He is also a part of the KoSA DVD as well as a Festival performer.
During his living time in Canada, Memo Acevedo pioneered the Cuban, Brazilian and Latin Jazz styles, leading three bands of his own. As an educator, Memo established the first Latin Jazz, Salsa and Brazilian ensembles at Humber College in Toronto. He produced and hosted his own radio show “The Latin Beat” at CIUT-FM for ten years. His credits as a recording session player in Canada include most of the major stars in that country as well as TV work and jingles. Memo has been inducted into Canada’s Who is Who’.
Accolades includes a National “AD’s Music Award” for his groundbreaking Rubbermaid TV commercial “Unbeatable” in 1989. In 1991 he received the “JUNO Award” (Canada’s equivalent of the Grammy) in the “World Beat” category; “Percussionist of the Year” by ‘The Jazz Report’ Magazine’ Media poll in 1994 and 1995.
In 2007 he received the KoSA Lifetime Achievement Award “for his tireless contribution to the world of percussion and percussion education.” In November 2011 he was given the prestigious PAS President’s Industry Award, and in March 2013 the Cuban Ministry of Culture “Gitana” Award for his contribution and support of Cuban music and culture.
Memo endorses TAYE Drums, SABIAN Cymbals, EVANS Heads, RHYTHM-TECH, GON BOPS and PRO-MARK Sticks, with a stick of his own creativity, the MA1 Revolution.
Memo is available for Private lessons. Please call (212) 741-0091 extension: 104 for availability.