Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Jazz and Bossa Artist of the Month (March 2013): San Juan Collective

Jazz and Bossa Artist of the Month (March 2013): San Juan Collective

San Juan Collective is a contemporary jazz trio from Puerto Rico that represents a new breed of jazz players. Two times Latin Grammy Nominees for their work with Charlie Sepulveda & the Turnaround, this saxophone, bass and drums trio based their concept in collective improvisation using original compositions as a base to give free rein to their creativity. Each musician brings all his influence from jazz, Afro Caribbean to classic and world music bringing a unique sound to the trio.

This musicians had participated in various recordings and had played with different artists individually and as a part of a same group were they met and start to jam as a trio to experiment with various compositions and concepts, and creating the San Juan Collective.


Born March 22, 1977. BM from Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music in 2003 and got a Masters Degree Magna Cum Laude from Florida International University in 2005. Norberto has played with Eddie Palmieri, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, Chocolate Armenteros, 2004 Jazz Cruise with Kevin Mahogany, Eguie Castrillo at Heineken Jazz fest 2006, Charlie Sepulveda “salsa y toros, Dax, France 2004 and 2005”, Heineken Jazz fest 2007; OzzFest with Puya 1999. Ortiz is also a music professor at Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, and Universidad de Puerto Rico.


Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico April 15, 1974, attended the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and the Interamerican University. The versatility of his performance has led him to perform with world’s best Latin jazzmen. Among this group stands out Charlie Sepulveda, Dave Valentin, Giovanni Hidalgo, Jerry Gonzalez, Paoli Mejias , Angel (Papo) Vazquez and many others. His credentials include also numerous presentations as side musician for Carli Muñoz (acoustic trio), Nissi Fusion/Jazz Quartet, PR Dixieland Ensemble, Marco Pignataro, Holograma, Causa Comun, Gary Keller, Alex Acuna, Kenny Werner, San Juan Collective and many others.

His musicianship includes performance with both, acoustic and electric bass. Gabriel has written educational tips columns and a manual for the development of harmony and technique. He is member of the Puerto Rico’s Conservatory of Music jazz program faculty where he teaches electric and acoustic jazz bass.


Drummer/Composer and Two Times Latin Grammy nominee Raul Maldonado for his work with"CHARLIE SEPULVEDA AND THE TURNAROUND" May 2008, and ‘’SEPULVEDA BOULEVARD’’ April 2009 in which Raul recorded all drums, have received excellent reviews and been nominated for a Latin Grammy as Best Latin Jazz Albums of the year.

Ever since childhood Raul has been fervent researcher of the Latin roots rhythms. BA in Drums Performance at Interamerican University, also studied at Drummers Collective in New York with Kim Plainfield and Michael Laurence. Among his teachers and mentors are Anthony Carrillo, Giovanni Hidalgo and Hector Matos and Paoli Mejias.

Raul has played, recorded and toured with masters like: Giovanni Hidalgo, Dave Valentin, Anthony Carrillo, three time Grammy winner and platinum recording artist Olga Tañon, Erick Figueroa, Juancito Torres, Marco Pignataro, Humberto Ramírez, Luis Perico Ortíz, Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz, Edsel Gomez, Batucada Porto Brazil, Julito Alvarado, Brazilian Deborah Brum, Cuatro virtuoso Christian Nieves (Ricky Martin), and recently with Paoli Mejias, Bernie Williams, San Juan Collective and many others.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Jazz and Bossa Artist of the Month (February 2013): Eddie Gomez

Jazz and Bossa Artist of the Month (February 2013): Eddie Gomez

Legendary bassist EDDIE GOMEZ has been on the cutting edge of music for over four decades. The two-time Latin GRAMMY® award-winner’s impressive resumé includes performances with jazz giants such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan and Benny Goodman. Eddie’s unique sound and style can be heard on hundreds of recordings spanning the worlds of jazz, classical, Latin jazz, rhythm & blues, popular and contemporary music.

Born in 1944 in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Eddie moved to New York City with his family at an early age. His love of music led him to the double bass as a precocious 11-year old student in the public school system. Two years later he was accepted to the High School of Music and Art and soon began private studies with the great double bass teacher Fred Zimmerman. During these years, he performed with many professional dance bands and was a member of the Newport Youth Band led by Marshall Brown. By 18, he had performed with such jazz luminaries as Buck Clayton, Marian McPartland and Paul Bley.

Eddie continued his studies at the Juilliard School of Music, where his contemporaries included Chick Corea, Hubert Laws, James Levine, Itzak Perlman, Paula Robinson and Gary Karr. By the end of his third year of school, he dreamed of a career as a performing jazz musician. Later that summer he joined with Gary McFarland and soon after the Gerry Mulligan Quintet.

In the spring of 1966, both Mulligan’s group (with Eddie on bass) and the Bill Evans Trio performed for a week at the famed Village Vanguard. That week at the Vanguard changed Eddie’s life forever. When Bill Evans heard the young phenom, he practically hired him on the spot. Bill called a few weeks later and Eddie’s dream had been realized. At age 21, he was the bassist with the Bill Evans Trio – and rose quickly to fame. TIME magazine declared in its review of the trio’s first recording, “Eddie Gomez has the world on his strings.”

Joining the Bill Evans Trio was indeed a turning point in Eddie’s career. He had arrived in a big way and the jazz community took notice. For 11 years, Eddie played an integral role in the Bill Evans Trio’s sound and evolution. This period of vast artistic growth with Bill Evans included performances throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Asia, as well as dozens of recordings – two of which won GRAMMY® awards. During this time, Eddie also realized another dream performing on many occasions with the great Miles Davis, in the Davis quintet that also featured Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams.

In 1977, Eddie left the Evans Trio to explore new musical territory. For the next decade, he performed in many diverse musical contexts, working with Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, George Benson, McCoy Tyner, Hank Jones, Nancy Wilson, Tania Maria, Ray Barreto, the All Star groups “Steps Ahead” and “New Directions” and many others, as well as on GRAMMY®-winning recordings with Chick Corea.

In the classical music world, Eddie has been a guest artist with The Kronos Quartet, Tashi Ensemble, Japanese marimbist Mika Yoshida and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. His recordings with Stoltzman have included “Begin Sweet World” and most recently “The Goldberg Variations” and other pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach. At Carnegie Recital Hall, Eddie premiered a musical piece written specifically for him by William Thomas McKinley.

IIn popular music, Eddie has performed and recorded with artists such as Bobby Darin, Tim Hardin, Carly Simon, Art Garfunkel, Mark Knoffler, Michael Franks, Judy Collins and Jennifer Holliday. He has also been a member of “The Gadd Gang,” Steve Gadd’s All Star R&B/jazz band.

Today, Eddie tours and records with his own group, which he formed in 1992 with pianist Stefan Karlson and legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb. The group’s recordings include “Live in Japan,” “Dedication” and “Uptown Music.” He is composing for his own projects as well as for film and television most notably for the prize-winning William Steig animation, “The Amazing Bone.” Eddie Gomez continues to enjoy an active, international career as a performer, recording artist, composer, educator and featured guest artist on many high profile projects.

Eddie’s recent recording “Duets,” co-led with Carlos Franzetti on piano, won Best Instrumental Album at the 10th Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards. His recordings as a leader include “Next Future,” “Outlaws,” “Live in Moscow,” “Street Smart,” “Power Play,” “Mezgo,” “Discovery,” “Gomez,” “Down Stretch,” “What’s New at F, “Palermo” and “Trio.” The recordings feature guest artists including Michael Brecker,Richard Tee, Randy Brecker, Al Foster, Steve Gadd, Chick Corea, Jeremy Steig, Jack McDuff and John Abercrombie. His recordings co-led with pianist Mark Kramer include “Entropy,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Art of the Heart.” In 2006, his DVD “An Evening with Eddie Gomez” was released – with Eddie and Mark Kramer performing and lecturing on the intricacies and dynamics of improvisation.

A sought-after educator, Eddie is Artistic Director at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico where he has been professor and artist-in-residence since 2005. He has been artist-in-residence and associate professor of jazz double bass at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and recently was resident artist at Stanford University, North Texas State University, Georgia State University, Jacksonville University, and the prestigious Berklee College of Music. He gives master classes at many of the major universities and conservatories throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and South America.

Eddie Gomez continues to enjoy an active, international career as a performer, recording artist, composer, educator and featured guest artist on many high profile projects.