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17th Panama Jazz Festival
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Issac Delgado

Artista Internacional
Nacido en La Habana, Issac formó parte de destacadas agrupaciones dentro del panorama musical cubano, tales como la Orquesta de Pacho Alonso y NG La Banda, ambas orquestas de gran renombre en el panorama la mayor de las Antillas. NG La Banda, orquesta liderada por José Luis Cortes alias “El Tosco”, flautista de formación y un jazzman a respetar, fue la cuna de lo que hoy se conoce como “timba”. “Nací en La Habana, soy Habanero…” cantaba Issac con NG La Banda, tema titulado “Los Sitios Enteros” que rinde homenaje a las barriadas habaneras, acercando a Issac a cada rincón y corazón de su público, de su pueblo.
A lo largo de su carrera Issac ha colaborado con destacadas figuras como Celia Cruz, Sergio George, Cachao, Ana Belén, Cheo Feliciano, Víctor Manuel, Gilberto Santa Rosa, José Alberto “El Canario”, Freddy Cole, Pedrito Martínez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Alexander Abreu, Descemer Bueno, Gente de Zona, Pablo Milanés, Silvio Rodríguez y Los Van Van, entre otros.

Born in Havana to a tailor father, and an actress-dancer-singer mother, Issac trained on violincello at the Almadeo Roldan Conservatory before transitioning to vocal training with one of the best vocal teachers in Cuba, Marian DeGonish. Soon after, he enrolled in the professional musicians school, Ignacio Cervantes. He became an active member of well-known salsa bands within the vast Cuban musical landscape such as Orquesta de Pacho Alonso and the progressive NG La Banda. NG La Banda was a salsa orchestra led by José Luis Cortes, and was the band that gave birth to “timba”, a genre within salsa music featuring faster tempos and more focus on timbales and percussion. Timba was the first new popular Cuban music genre in a generation, and lead vocalist Issac was on the cutting edge of Cuban dance music becoming one it’s best composers and melodic improvisers.
Prolific creative energy gave way to releases such as Made in Havana and Supercubano as wells as collabs with many illustrious artists including a maxi-single with La India (Que No Se Te Olvide); world tours with Celia Cruz; productions with famed producer, Sergio George;concert with Cachao;recordings with Ana Belén (Dos), Haila (Pensamiento), Cheo Feliciano (Amigo)Víctor Manuel(La Que Mas Te Duele), José Alberto “El Canario”Pedrito Martínez (Habana Dreams), Alexander Abreu (Comentarios), Descemer Bueno (La Vida Es Buena), Gente de Zona (Somos Cubanos / Bailando), Pablo Milanés (Versos En EL Cielo), Los Van Van (Cubanos), and youngsters like Tony Succar (Sentimiento Original), to name just a few. Most recently, the smash duet with Gilberto Santa Rosa (El Que Siempre Soño) from Lluvia Y Fuegohas become an anthem for dreamers around the world.