“Juan Carlos Polo is a Peruvian drummer who has come to meld Jazz improvisation techniques into his drumming and makes a fine display of his virtuosity on Insomnio.”
Raul Da Gama

Drummer, composer and educator born in Lima – Peru, on November 29th – 1982. He holds a Bachelor degree in Percussion from The National Conservatory of Music in Peru where he has been a professor of the pre-college and the outreach program since 2014. He has played and recorded with many projects and bands of different styles and genres such as the Peruvian bands “La Mente” and “Inity Band”, which has been the backing band for the well-known reggae starts: Clinton Fearon (Gladiators), Calton Coffie (Inner Circle), Junior Reid (Black Uhuru), Anthony B and Mykel Rose. He has also shared stage with Cypress Hill, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Steel Pulse and  Calle 13.

Clasically trained, he has participated as soloist in many editions of “The International Contemporary Classical Music Festival” as well as the “International Percussion Festival of Lima”.Since 2010 he has his own jazz-fusion project “Kambujo”, in which he dedicates a lot of time researching and spreading Peruvian Music fused with jazz. In New York he has studied privately with Nicky Marrero (La Fania All Stars), Mark Guiliana, John Riley and Ziv Ravitz.



He released his first album “Insomnio” on November 3rd of 2016 through virtual platforms under “One Trick Dog Records”, label that is home to important jazz figures such as the Israeli pianist Roy Assaf. The official CD release concert was held on February 1st of 2017 at world renowned Smoke Jazz Club – NYC. He is currently playing with his trio and other jazz projects in different venues in New York City, such as Rockwood Music Hall, Bar Next Door, Shrine World Music Venue, among others.

About Insomnio:

“One would expect that the focus of Insomnio would be rhythm-heavy. But there lies the surprise. Juan Carlos Polo proves himself to be a writer of considerable talent and his music makes compelling use of the piano. Perhaps it is the fact that in the cultural topography of South America, the storytelling traditions are alive and continue to be spread even in so-called urban societies…”

Raul Da Gama – Latin Jazz Network


10 AUG
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Juan Carlos Polo Latin Jazz Quartet

So excited to be back at the world renowned Smoke Jazz Club, this time playing some original music and Latin Jazz standards with incredible musicians. Ben Rosemblun – piano Eduardo Belo – double bass Ivan Renta – saxophone Juan Carlos Polo – drums  

15 AUG

Juan Carlos Polo Trio at Silvana

Playing with my trio for the first time at Silvana in Harlem. I’ll be playing a 50 min. set of original music.

17 AUG
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Dan Hartig Trio at Bar Next Door

Excited to be back at Bar Next Door with the Dan Hartig Trio. Jeff Koch – double bass Juan Carlos Polo – drums Dan Hartig – guitar