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Memo Acevedo


MEMO GUILLERMO ACEVEDO (drums, congas, timbales, Latin percussion, Brazilian percussion, vocals) was born in Santa Fe de Bogota, Colombia. He is highly regarded in the field of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms and has performed with a number of diverse musicians including Stephen Stills, Tom Scott, Bruce Cockburn, Mark Murphy, and for the Broadway musical “The Lion King”.

In 1993, Acevedo released his first album as a leader, the self-produced and arranged 'Building Bridges' on the Concord label featuring guest appearances by flutist Dave Valentin, pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Tito Puente.

He has taught percussion and drums at Humber College in Toronto and the Drummers Collective program in New York, spent time playing with Irakere and has been one of the musical directors for the Afrocubanismo festival.

He was the featured percussionist in 'Sound of Toronto Jazz' concerts with Banda Brava, the Carol Welsman Quartet, the Gene DiNovi Trio, and the Doug Riley Quartet.