Chembo Corniel

Grupo Chaworo


Grammy Award nominated percussionist Wilson “Chembo” Corniel studied music at The Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts in New York City, Pastore Music in New Jersey, and also attended La Escuela National de Arte (ENA) in Havana, Cuba in 1997 and 1999 under the direction of Chucho Valdez.  

Chembo is a member of the faculty at Purchase College and also teaches percussion privately. Chembo has had the pleasure of working, touring and/or recording with many artists such as Chucho Valdez, Larry Harlow, Tito Puente, Machito, Celia Cruz, Grady Tate, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Hilton Ruiz, Dave Valentin, Willie Colon, Angela Bofill, Steve Wilson, Ray Vega, Buddy Montogmery, Bob Baldwin, Chico Freeman and many more. 

Chembo now leads his own Latin Jazz quintet Grupo Chaworo since October 2001 and also started his record company Chemboro Records. in 2004. Chembo Corniel  landed a nomination from the 52nd NARAS Grammy Awards for his latest CD,  “Things I Wanted To Do” for "Best Latin Jazz Album" in 2010. Chembo Corniel has been an LP artist since 1982.

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Wilson Chembo Corniel: LP's 50th Anniversary
Phoenix Rising Performs in the LP Studio
Chembo and Friends - Manteca
Chembo and Friends - Oye! Como Va?
Chembo Corniel on American Latino - Latin jazz Alive n Kicki
Chembo Corniel Live @ Namm Show 2010
Dancing with the Ancestors:  Part 1- Directed and produced b
Chembo Corniel at Dominican Rep. Jazz Festival 11/2009
Chembo Corniel & Grupo Chaworo at LP Studios
In the Studio with Chembo Corniel and Grupo Chaworo