TITO CRUZ is a versatile Drummer he has performing with many great stars including Lorna Loff, Al Hibbler, Connie Francis Chuck Mangione, Freddy Cole, Patato Valdez, The platters, Edmar Cataneda, James Moddy, Jaco Pastorius at Hemmingways 1984 and many others.
BRAZILIANS and international stars like Ellis Regina, Martinho da Silva, BRAZIL BRAZIL, Ana Gazzola & Sonia Santos and many more.
His father began TITO'S musical education at the age of Seven he stared with piano classes (FERNANDO CRUZ "ARROZITO") was his first teacher and influence at the age of 15 tito stated playing drums as a PROFESSIONAL drummer with many legendary musicians in his country, Peru.
TITO was already one of the top drummers (sharing the studio performances with the two others famous drummers, Adolfo bonariva and alex acuna.
AT Age of 17 TITO Was one of the drummers with more DEMAND for recording studios and tv commercial, He met the famous JAZZ DRUMMER ELVIN JONES and ELVIN give to tito a pair of gretsch drums sticks like'it present.
AS A JAZZ DRUMMER TITO lead his own quartet from 1969 to 1975,making a lot of CONCERTS around PERU sponsorship by the EMBBASY OF UNITED STATES in lima peru for USIS DEPARTMENT, HERE in USA TITO TOOK LESSONS WITH THE GREAT DRUMMER ALAN DAWSON AND LATER IN NEW YORK MASTER CLASS WITH THE GREAT JOE MORELLO,after years HERE IN FLORIDA TITO performance with many local musicians,Teddy Mullet,Mario escobar,Dolf castellano,Miguel reyna richie perry , lou colombo othello molineaux felix gomez,mel dancy,juanita dixon,abel pabon,martin hand, gary keller,joe donato, TROY ANDERSON,anthony corado,and many more.
HE is one of the more versatile drummers from many years in south florida,his style cover from JAZZ LATIN, FUNK,R&B BLUES BRAZILIAN,SAMBA, BATUCADA, CHORINO,AND AFRO PERUVIAN RHYTHMS TO ALL TRADITIONAL AND MODERN RHYTHMS AND ALL INTERNATIONAL MUSIC TITO performances around Miami, fort lauderdale, new york and europe, TITO came the last November from 6 months of performances in Europe WITH HIS QUARTET FOR PRINCESS CRUISES now in South Florida tito is playing with many top musicians and singers.
The South Florida Jazz Scene...
With Al Kanovsky:
For years, no two people have been more ubiquitous in the South Florida jazz audience than Al and Flo