Local jazz pianist Ignacio ‘Nachito’ Herrera in intensive care with coronavirus


Among Minnesotans battling the deadly virus is internationally renowned Cuban jazz pianist Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera.

The White Bear Lake resident and Dakota jazz club regular was rushed to the emergency room Saturday by family members after struggling with flu-like symptoms. He was diagnosed with the novel virus and remains in intensive care at a Twin Cities area hospital.

“We are hoping God helps him overcome this,” his wife, Aurora Herrera Gonzalez, said Sunday.
Herrera, who is in his 50s, performed Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No.2 with the Havana Symphony Orchestra at the age of 12 and went on to form ¡Cubanismo!, an Afro-Cuban/Latin jazz band which performed worldwide.

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