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Tomasito Cruz

Master Percussionist, Singer, Songwriter & Producer

Tomasito Cruz was born in Havana and from a very young age proved his talents in music. A gifted musician, singer and song writer Tomasito was raised in Pinar del Rio, Cuba where he attended a vocational school for the Arts from the tethe talented Tomasito was recruited by top Cuban band, Paulito FG y Su Elite. After a couple of years of touring internationally with the popular band, he chose to seek exile in Miami while the band was performing on US territory.
Miami was welcoming to Tomasito’s talent and quite promptly he was earning a living in South Florida as a musician. Holding down multiple jobs, during the day he performed as the conga player alongside the house band on a TV and at night he was a regular at a Miami Beach club.
His talent was soon recognized by the well-know
nder age of 8. At age 14 he was admitted to the prestigious National School of Arts in Havana. With prodigal abilities in music he studied piano, trombone, and percussion, as well as vocals. By the age of 19, n Celia Cruz which took him in as her orchestra’s conga player. As the youngest member of the band, Celia Cruz and her husband and manager Pedro Knight served as role models for the young artist. Pedro Knight often advised Tomasito to “soar higher” and taking Pedro’s words to heart, he was soon accompanying some of the biggest names in the Latin music industry performing with Willy Chirino, Israel Lopez “Cachao,” and ultimately enjoying a 4 year tenure with Arturo Sandoval.
In the span of two decades, Tomasito has authored three international best-selling books of music. His titles include The Tomas Cruz Conga Method Volume 1 Beginners, Volume 2 Intermediate and Volume 3 Advanced. All of them are accompanied by an instructional DVD.
Tomasito has received 5 Grammy nominations and is a three-time-Grammy-winning recording artist for his participation in the productions of Arturo Sandoval’s “Rumba Palace,’ Willy Chirino’s “Son del alma,” and Alejandro Sanz’s “No es lo mismo.” “Candela” was his first album as a solo singer, songwriter and producer and was nominated in Spain as the best album of Cuban music in 2010.
Tomasito, inspired by his love for the diverse rhythms found in his native island is excited for the upcoming release of his most recent album, “I Am Cuba.” In this latest journey, Tomasito fuses the diverse beats enjoyed throughout Cuba with a refreshing yet glorious energy that only a talent like his can achieve.

Recordings

Tomasito Cruz has participated in numerous album records, here some of them:

Tomasito Cruz
I Am Cuba

Tomasito Cruz
Candela

Paulito Fg y su Elite
El bueno soy yo

Paulito FG y su Elite
Con la conciencia tranquila

Issac Delgado
Con la punta del pie

Homenaje a Juan Formell
Gracias Formell

Homenaje a Pablo Milanés
Para vivir

Manolín el médico de la salsa
El Puente

Luis Bofill
Homenaje a Juan Gabriel (Juan-Ga)

Maruja Boogaard
Homenaje a Celia Cruz "Bemba Colorada"

Alejandro Sanz
No es lo mismo

Willy Chirino
Son del alma

Play & Shared the Stage

These are some of the artists who had share stage

Israel López Cachao

Eddie Palmieri

Tito Puente

George Benson

Al Jarreu

Kool and the Gang

Kenny Garret

Dave Hollands

Celia Cruz

Arturo Sandobal

Gloria Estefan

Willy Chirino