Calixto Oviedo was born on October 14, 1955 in the Havana Barrio of La Vibora. Calixtoâs earlier musical memories were at the age of two or three, waiting in front of the television, toy violin in hand, to play along with performances of his favorite band, Orquesta Aragon. It was at the advanced age of four, however, that it became clear to the young prodigy that his true calling was to play the drums. The toy violin was discarded in favor of a plastic bucket, several cans, and a frying pan, all of which he played with drumsticks fashioned from coat hangers. He joined the conservatory at the age of eight, but by then he was already a formidable player
and started paying with a professional band. He formed his own band at the age of 17 with various future players of the NG La Banda. He was the drummer with NG La Banda during the period that produced many of their greatest recordings, including Santa Palabra, Ãchale LimÃ³n, and El TrÃ¡gico. In the mid-90âs, he relocated to Sweden, during which time he made an excellent Timba recording, âLa Recompensaâ with his son YuliÃ©n, and other key members of Charanga Habanera. He was also the drummer for the Afro-Cuban All Stars band.
Calixto moved from Stockholm to Lakewood, CO in July of 2013. Since then he has been performing and teaching clinics at major United States Universities, such as University of Colorado at Boulder (CU), California State University at Los Angeles (CSULA), and Berklee College of Music. He has been honored to play at this various festivals around the world: Feria de Cali, Colombia ; Montreaux Jazz Festival, Paleo Rock Festival, Carnaval in PanamÃ¡, Nice jazz Festival, France; Roskilde Festival, Festival de Salsa en Madrid, Spain; North Sea Jazz Festival, Netherlands; Antillansefeesten, Belgium; Festival de Salsa en Barcelona, Spain; Umbria Jazz, Italy; Couleur CafÃ©, Belgium; Festival di San Remo, Italy; Riga Ritmi Festival, Latvia; Copenhagen Jazz Festival,
Denmark; Nordischerklang, Germany; Gottingen Jazz Festival, Germany; Red Sea Jazz Festiva, Eilat â Israel; Imatra Big Band Festival, Finland; UmeÃ¥ Jazz Festival, Sweden; Oslo World Music, Norway; Salsa Festival, Madrid, Spain; Feria del Pacifico, Peru; Frutas Tropicales, Helsinki â Finland; Molde Jazz Festival, Molde, Norway; Udine jazz âItaly; A Sulle Bocce âItaly; Montreal Jazz Festival âCanada; Portland Jazz Festival; Sun Festival âSingapore.
As of October 1st, 2014, Calixto became a professor at the California State University at Los