Miami Jazz Drummer Socrates Fuertes 

Socrates Fuertes is a drummer who has become the next up and coming local jazz artists in Miami. He’s a regular at all the top jazz clubs in Miami including Le Chat Noir.   

He started his musical journey at the age of six when he was introduced to the drums by his upstairs neighbor. The year was 1971 and Socrates lived in a small apartment in the Bronx, New York with his single mom and older sister. His upbringing was difficult, but he focused on music and ignored all the distractions to prioritize his passion for drums. 

When he was 11-years-old he moved with his family to Reston Virginia where he became involved in the Music program in his high school. He quickly stood out as the first chair snare drummer. Although he excelled in classical percussion and marching band, his true passion was jazz. 

Socrates organized a Jazz band that played gigs in the local bars and jazz venues around the Reston and DC area. He gained experience and developed as a drummer during his time in high school. 

At the age of 18, Socrates was accepted to the University of Miami Jazz school on Scholarship. His passion for drums led him to practice eight hours a day and become a respectable musician. Just as in high school, Socrates stood out in the UM jazz school and played with talented artists. 

Over the years, Socrates has played in several local bands and groups ranging from church organizations to rock bands. However, his true passion has always been Jazz.   

Today he plays with local artists like Latin Jazz Pianist Tony Perez, guitarist Eddy Balzola, guitarist Joe Paulovkin and many other exceptional musicians.