Welcome to The Latin Jazz Corner – a Blog for Latin Jazz Fans and Musicians.
This blog serves as a resource for the Latin Jazz community. Fans of Latin Jazz can find explanations about the inner workings of the style, history, and listening recommendations; all written in a language that’s easy to understand. Latin Jazz musicians will find in-depth articles about playing Latin Jazz, transcriptions, and arranging ideas. Everyone will get CD and DVD reviews, artist announcements, and access to videos and MP3s. It’s a corner of the internet dedicated to jazz con sabor!
I am a bass player, composer, educator, and writer from the San Francisco Bay Area with a passionate interest in Latin Jazz. I was first introduced to the music of Cuba and Brazil during my undergrad music studies at San Jose State University, and there was no turning back. Since then, I’ve focused my bass playing on a combination of Latin greats such as Israel “Cachao” Lopez and Jazz players like John Patitucci. My composition follows in the footsteps of Latin Jazz legends such as Tito Puente and Chucho Valdes. Academic studies have led me to Wesleyan University where I earned a Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology with a focus on Cuban popular music. I’ve had the privilege to play with great musicians such as Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, Karl Pereza, Mark Levine, and more. I am the Music Director at Sir Francis Drake High School, where I run, among other things, a Latin Jazz Big Band. In fact, I’m not sure if there is a moment during the day when I’m not hearing clave in my head.