Widely acknowledged among the greatest congueros of his generation, Giovanni Hidalgo was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1963, first taking up the drums five years later; the son of the noted percussionist Jose Manengue Hidalgo, he was educated in Latin rhythms from childhood onward, and as a teen regularly walked to local gigs with his congas strapped to his back. He soon caught the attention of the legendary Dizzy Gillespie, touring in his United Nations All-Star Orchestra for four years; Hidalgo also became a noted session player, recording with Freddie Hubbard, Paul Simon, and Mickey Hart's Planet Drum project. In 1992, he recorded his debut solo LP, Villa Hidalgo; Worldwide followed a year later, and for 1997's Hands of Rhythm, a collaboration with pianist Michel Camilo, Hidalgo earned a Grammy nomination in the Best Latin Jazz Album category. His Greatest Hits collection followed the next year. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

Giovanni Hidalgo & Friends perform Tropical
In the Studio with Giovanni Hidalgo (Conga Solo)
Giovanni Hidalgo & Changuito - Tipico Jam
Giovanni Hidalgo "No Jacket Solo"
Cheo, El Conde, Puente, Giovanni y Perico - Soneros de Bailadores
Giovanni Hidalgo / John Benitez / Axel Tosca Laugart - "Wii Three"
Giovanni Hidalgo " A Symphony of Percussion" - 2005
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