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Edsel Gomez

Edsel Gomez is today one of the premier Latin Jazz pianists in the world. Born in Puerto Rico in 1962, he began piano studies at age five. He grew up in a musical environment that allowed him to master afro-caribbean rhythms in depth, working since childhood with an incredible array of Latin music idols such as Marvin Santiago, Celia Cruz, Carlos “Patato” Valdes, Santitos Colon, Cheo Feliciano, Roberto Roena, Willie Colon, Ismael Rivera Jr., Luis “Perico” Ortiz, Olga Guillot, Lola Flores, Marco Antonio Muñiz, among many others. He gained a Bachelor of Music Degree at Berklee College of Music with a Count Basie Award for outstanding musicianship in 1985 while expanding his performance credits working with such renowned jazz artists as Gary Burton, Claudio Roditi, Bill Pierce, Don Byron, Chick Corea and Jerry Gonzalez among many others. Relocated to Brazil from 1986 to 1996 he studied extensively Brazilian Music and worked accompanying such renown artists as Cauby Peixoto, Wilson Simonal, Paulinho da Viola, Amelinha, Caetano Veloso, Joao Bosco, Lucinha Lins, Angela Maria and Trombonist Raul de Souza, recording de Souza’s “The Other Side of the Moon.” Within the Brazilian landscape he worked as a Pianist, Arranger, Composer, Conductor/Musical Director of Broadway-like shows, educator, and producer and managed his own recording studio/production company

Can You Imagine?

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Pebbles In The Pocket; President Gillespie Suite: I. The Humanitarian Candidate, II. Road To The Blues House, President Gillespie's Birthday Song; The Touch Of Her Vibe; The Blues House; Ballad From Oro, Incienso Y Mira; Elite State Of Mind; Valsa Rancho; From The Heart; People.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Bailey: Can You Imagine?

Read "Can You Imagine?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Letting his imagination roam free, trumpeter John Bailey envisions a world in which one of his musical touchstones, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, is president of the United States--one in which Gillespie's cabinet includes Duke Ellington (secretary of state), Louis Armstrong (secretary of agriculture) and Miles Davis (CIA director). The fact is, Gillespie did “run" for president in ...

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John Bailey: Can You Imagine?

Read "Can You Imagine?" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The world loves a good “what if..." story, so why not explore the idea of Dizzy Gillespie as president? The famed trumpeter actually ran for the highest office in the land in 1964. And though the move was largely in jest, he didn't shy away from the issues of the day while campaigning. Sadly, many of ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Conversation with LehCats

Read "A Conversation with LehCats" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

LehCats' latest release, Movement to Egalitaria, is a collection of songs that come together to engender an achievable vision of a fairer society. Join me and this fantastic musical couple, Karen Stachel and Norbert Stachel, as we talk about the making of the album, discrimination in the world of classical music, the Bay area, and other ...

Road to Udaipur

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2015
Track listing: Tertulia Samba; Udaipur; Homesick Nostalgia; Search and Build; Ninibilo Majulolo and the Bridge; Four Seasons and a Five; Spain-ished Cubes (for Chick Corea); On Second Thoughts; Charles Chaplin; Smile On; Bahia; Brothers; The Chant.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Edsel Gomez: Road to Udaipur

Read "Road to Udaipur" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Puerto Rican-born pianist Edsel Gomez hasn't recorded any albums as leader since his Grammy-nominated debut, Cubist Music, in 2007--he has been far too busy--but that doesn't mean he hasn't harbored such plans in the back of his mind. Now in his early 50s, Gomez decided the time was right to enter a studio again, the result ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Don Byron: Tuskegee Experiments

Read "Don Byron: Tuskegee Experiments" reviewed by John Kelman

For this column I step away from my avoidance of personalization because its roots and intent are, indeed, very, very personal. The germination of this column began as the result of two coinciding events. First, after months of relative inactivity due to a health matter that, while thankfully non-life threatening and treatable, could take ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ivan Renta: Take Off - A Musical Odyssey

Read "Take Off - A Musical Odyssey" reviewed by James Nadal

There is a time honored tradition in jazz of coming up as a sideman, earning as well as learning, paying some dues, and then moving on to a solo project. Saxophonist Ivan Renta has been doing just that. With an extensive formal music education, a premier session man and after years in the horn section of ...

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ArtistShare Launches The Titanes Del Trombón Project Featuring Eddie Palmieri Alumnus Doug Beavers

ArtistShare Launches The Titanes Del Trombón Project Featuring Eddie Palmieri Alumnus Doug Beavers

NEW FAN-FUNDED ALBUM BY GRAMMY WINNING TROMBONIST, ARRANGER, AND COMPOSER DOUG BEAVERS Titanes del Trombón will feature renowned musicians Oscar Hernandez, Edsel Gomez, Luisito Quintero, Luques Curtis, and many more. Grammy award winning trombonist, composer, and arranger Doug Beavers, known primarily for his work with Eddie Palmieri and Spanish Harlem Orchestra launches his new fan funded ...


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