San Juan, Puerto Rico
Master drummer, percussionist, composer, and educator, Fidel Morales was born in Havana, Cuba. As a drummer, he has performed alongside many musicians including Danilo Pérez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Giovanni Hidalgo, Eddie Gómez, John Faddis, Mark Kramer, Gary Campbell, Gary Keller, Luis “Perico” Ortiz, Charlie Sepúlveda, and Roberto Roena. Morales directed the renown Salsa and Timba group Orquesta Layé. Additionally, he composed such Cuban dance classics such as “La Expresiva” and “Mamina.” His album Salsa Son Timba was released in 2005. In February 2016, his album Omío, for which he reunited an all-star roster of jazz musicians, was released. He directs the Fidel Morales Afro-Cuban Jazz Group and has presented clinics in Europe, Latin America, and throughout the United States. Morales is a former director of jazz and Caribbean music at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music.