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This Havana born virtuoso accounts more of 20-year music career. At an early age, he studied at the Vocational School of Arts in Pinar del Río, Cuba, graduating in percussion with complementary studies in piano. He continued his percussion training with José Luis Quintana "Changuito" studying trombobe, music history and vocals at the National School of Arts.
In the course of more than two decades, Tomas (universally acknowledged to be among the top three timba drummers in the world) has authored three books entitled "The Conga Method Volume I, II abd III", awared 4,5 stars by "Modern Drummer Magazine".
His first working experience was at the Cabaret Parisienne of the "Hotel Nacional" in Cuba. Since then and over the years he had played with renowned artist like Paulito FG y su Élite, Giblerto Santa Rosa, Oscar D´León, Tito Nieve, Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, Manolín El Médico de la Salsa, Arturo Sandoval, Cachao, among others. He has toured the world with some od them and accompanied other to numerous and prominent jazz festivals. "Tomasito", as endearlingly loved and known, has been parto to three Grammy winning cd´s with Alejandro Sanz, Willy Chirino and Arturo Sandoval.

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

Paulito FG Y Su Elite: El bueno soy yo
Paulito FG Y Su Elite: Con la consciencia 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"

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These are some of the artists who had share stage


Israel López Cachao


Eddie Palmieri

tito puente

Tito Puente


George Benson


Al Jarreau


Kool and the Gang


Kenny Garret


Dave Hollands

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These are some of the videos Tomasito Cruz has made:

  • Celia Cruz "La Cuba mía"
  • Arturo Sandoval "Live at the Blue Note"
  • Giovani Hidalgo "Clinic at Guitar Center"
  • Tropicana Allstars "Tributo a Benny Moré"
  • The Tomás Cruz Conga Method I, II, III (instructional DVD)

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Grammy-winning recordings:
  • "No es lo mismo", Alejandro Sanz
  • "Son del alma", Willy Chirino
  • "Rumba Palace", Arturo Sandoval
Grammy-nominated recordings:
  • "No es lo mismo", Alejandro Sanz
  • "Tributo a enny Moré", Tropicana Allstars
  • "Son del alma", Willy Chirino
  • "Codes", Ignacio Berroa
  • "Rumba Palace", Arturo Sandoval
    • Roberts & Nu-Day coro de voces.
    • Central America Tour, July 2009, 11 concerts with Apostol Richard
    • Central America Tour, Mayo 2009, 3 concerts with Special guest Rey Ruiz
    • Cd Release, Candela. 2 concerts, Costa Rica, Nov. 2008.
    • Latin Billboards Showcase, 2008
    • New Port Jazz Festival 2007, (Goerge Benson & Al Jarrau)
    • Europe workshop tour, Sept 2007
    • IBM Festival, Perth, Australia, 2007 (Arturo Sandoval)
    • Calle Ocho Festival, Miami, 2001 (Celia Cruz)
    • Call Ocho Festival, Miami, 2007 (Arturo Sandoval)
    • Miracle Mile Jazz Festival, Miami, 2003-2007, (Arturo Sandoval)
    • Tortosa Jazz Festival, Spain, 2006 (Arturo Sandoval)
    • San Francisco Jazz Festival, 2007 (Arturo Sandoval)
    • Heineken Jazz Festival, Puerto Rico, 2006 (Arturo andoval)
    • Heineken Jazz Festival, Canary Islands, 2006 (Arturo Sandoval)
    • Connecticut Jazz Festival, 2007 (Arturo Sandoval)
    • Madeira Jazz Festival, Portugal, 2006 (Arturo Sandoval)
    • Murcia Jazz Festival, Spain, 2006 (Arturo Sandoval)
    • Dayton Jazz Festival, Texas, 2007 (Arturo Sandova
    • New Orleans Jazz Festival, 2007 (Arturo Sandoval)
    • NorthZea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, 2006 (Arturo Sandoval)
    • Montreux Jazz Fstival, Switzerland, 2005 (Arturo Sandoval)
    • Montreal Jazz Festival, 2005, 2006 (Arturo Sandoval)
    • Playboy Jazz Festival 2007 (Arturo Sandoval)
    • Newport Jazz Festival, 2005, 2006 (Arturo Sandoval)
    • Barbados Jazz Festival 2006 (Arturo Sandoval)
    • Key West Jazz Festival 2007 (Arturo Sandoval)
    • Seattle Jazz Festival 2003 (Arturo Sandoval)
    • Calle Ocho Festival 2000, 2001 (Willy Chirino)
    • Hialeah Carnaval 2001 (Willy Chirino)
    • San Francisco Jazz Festival 2000 (Israel Cachao López)
    • Tennessee Jazz Festival 2000 (israel Cachao López)
    • Hollywood Jazz Festival 1999 (Israel Cachao López)
    • Argentina Festival Salsón 1997 (Paulito)
    • Campanelli, Italy, 1993 (Paulito)
    • Berlin Festival 1993 (Paulito)
    • Toulouse Festival 1993 (Paulito)
    • Montpellier Festival 1993 (Paulito)
    • New Morning, Paris, 1993 (Paulito)
    • Francia Festival, 1993 (Paulito)
    • Azúcar Festival, Cancún, Mexico, 1990 (Paulito y su Elite)
    • Guadalajara Festival, 1990 (Paulto y su Elite);