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Biography - Nucleo Vega - Drummer

Nucleo Vega

Nucleo Vega is an accomplished performer, educator, and author. He has a Masters in Jazz Performance and a Bachelors in Music Education.

Nuc has written numerous transcriptions encompassing all genres of music with a focus on Afro-Cuban, Big Band, Bop and Post-Bop drumming. Understanding Groove, Nuc’s first book, was a finalist for Drum! Magazine’s Best Drum Book of the Year. The book explores the nuances between jazz, rock, funk, and Latin drumming.

Nuc is endorsed by Vic Firth and BosphorusCymbals. His drum set approach to Melodic Jazz Drumming and Understanding GrooveBook/DVD earned him a drum set clinician spot at PAS Day of Percussion MD/DE. Most recently, Nuc’s drum solo over Mongo Santamaría’s,“Afro-Blue,”was featured on the homepage of