Born: June 29, 1960 Primary Instrument: Drums
Born in Argentina, Norbert Goldberg began his professional career in New York City. He received a B.A. degree from Brooklyn College where he studied symphonic percussion with Morris Lang. Norbert’s work on drumset and percussion encompasses a wide spectrum of styles. He has performed with Broadway legends such as Chita Rivera, Sandy Duncan, and Tommy Tune and has played in numerous Broadway shows including Dancin’, A Chorus Line, Grease and Once On This Island. He has accompanied jazz artists including Cleo Laine, Dewey Redman, Slide Hampton, and composers Lalo Shifrin and Michel Legrand. Recording credits include Gerry Mulligan, Grover Washington Jr., various Latin artists as well as jingles and film scores.
As an educator, he has written extensively on Latin and Brazilian percussion and drumset techniques. His articles have appeared in Modern Drummer, where he originated the South of the Border column, and in Percussive Notes as contributing editor of the World Percussion column. He is the author of LP’s instructional manual Understanding Latin Rhythms and contributed to Garland’s Encyclopedia of Percussion. Norbert has conducted clinics throughout the country, at four Percussive Arts Society’s International Conventions, the first Yamaha Percussion symposium and for the United States Air Force Band.