Dafnis Prieto

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Dafnis Prieto
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Dafnis Prieto at Aarhus Jazz Festival
Denmark 2019
Background information
Born (1974-07-31) July 31, 1974 (age 46)
Santa Clara, Cuba
Genres Jazz, Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, bandleader, educator
Years active1993–present
LabelsZoho, Dafnison Music
Website dafnisonmusic.com

Dafnis Prieto (born July 31, 1974) is a Cuban-American drummer, composer, bandleader, and educator.



In his home town of Santa Clara, Cuba, Prieto studied percussion and guitar. During his teens, he moved to Havana to study at the National School of Music. He concentrated on classical music and Afro-Cuban music before paying more attention to jazz. In 1999, when he was twenty-five, Prieto moved to New York City, where he worked with Eddie Palmieri, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Arturo O'Farrill, Dave Samuels, and Michel Camilo, among many others.

Prieto has conducted master classes, clinics, and workshops. From 2005 to 2015, he was a member of the music faculty at New York University. Since 2015, he has taught at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida.

Awards and honors


As leader

As sideman

With Caribbean Jazz Project

With others

Recorded by others



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