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Hailing from Peru, Oscar studied at the Conservatory of Music in Lima while working extensively as a first-call session musician and live performer for many international artists and local bands. He moved to the U.S. in 1979, where he continued his studies with pianist/educator Mike Marra, and Jazz great Jerry Bergonzi. Since then, Oscar has become one of the most in-demand performers the on the East Coast. His mastery of different music styles from Jazz and Fusion to Latin, Brazilian, and South American music, has allowed him to travel the world performing with a virtual who's who in the Latin and Jazz worlds respectively

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Panagiotis Andreou: The World In A Bass

Read "Panagiotis Andreou: The World In A Bass" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

My first encounter with Panagiotis Andreou was while covering a bass workshop that included him along with the likes of Richard Bona (Zawinul Syndicate, Mike Stern), Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Dwayne “Mono Neon" Thomas (Prince, Ghost Note) and Wes Stephenson (The Funky Knuckles). All of these players seemed humbled by each other's presence during the opening ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

23rd Punta Del Este Jazz Festival In Uruguay (Fourth Night)

Read "23rd Punta Del Este Jazz Festival In Uruguay (Fourth Night)" reviewed by Pablo Reyes

On January 6, the fourth and final night of the 23rd Punta del Este Jazz Festival in Uruguay featured pianist Aaron Diehl's trio including bassist Paul Sikivie and drummer Quincy Davis as well as the duo of vocalist Nnenna Freelon and guitarist Chico Pinheiro. Alto saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera also presented The Music of Chick ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Paquito D’Rivera Quintet at the Regattabar

Read "Paquito D’Rivera Quintet at the Regattabar" reviewed by Nat Seelen

Paquito D'Rivera Quintet Regattabar Cambridge, MA October 19, 2018 For over four decades, Paquito D'Rivera has been an institution in the global music scene. Flitting between jazz, latin, and classical music since he was a boy studying at the Havana Conservatory of Music, he's logged thousands of miles, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joan Torres's All Is Fused: Of The Musical

Read "Of The Musical" reviewed by Paul Naser

Bassist Joan Torres's journey as a musician led him to many interesting places. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he gravitated towards bass at an early age and attended several Berklee College of Music programs as a high school student. It was through one of these that Torres met world-renowned bassist Oscar Stagnaro, whom he counts ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Afro Bop Alliance Big Band: Revelation

Read "Revelation" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Revelation is the sixth recording by drummer Joe McCarthy's sixteen-year-old Afro Bop Alliance (the last three by the big band after three by smaller incarnations), the first that has come this way for review. As McCarthy's stalwart ensemble is based in the Washington, D.C. area, the supposition is that a number of topnotch armed services musicians ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Dan Moretti & Brazilia Featuring Greg Abate And Oscar Stagnaro Live At Chan's on April 9th

Dan Moretti & Brazilia Featuring Greg Abate And Oscar Stagnaro Live At Chan's on April 9th

Rhode Island Jazz saxophone greats Dan Moretti and Greg Abate (RI Hall of Fame 2016) will hit Chan’s in Woonsocket for a 20 year reunion celebrating the Latin-Jazz recording Dan Moretti & Brazilia Live at Chans on Saturday April 9th, 2016 at 8 pm. Call 401-765-1900 or visit chanseggrollsandjazz.com for tickets. The original Brazilia CD was ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Music Education Monday: A Latin jazz bass clinic with Oscar Stagnaro

Music Education Monday: A Latin jazz bass clinic with Oscar Stagnaro

Unless you follow Latin jazz and/or jazz education fairly closely, you might not know Oscar Stagnaro by name, but the veteran bassist has the knowledge and the chops to rank with the best in the business. A native of Peru, Stagnaro has been a professor at Berklee College of Music since 1988, and has written three ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dave Liebman: Ceremony

Read "Ceremony" reviewed by James Nadal

The most distinguished characteristic of Afro-Caribbean music--as well as its greatest contribution to the jazz idiom--has been the drums. If we take this one step further, the Afro-Cuban tradition of drumming has had the highest degree of influence, and has been readily identifiable, since the Latin dance crazes of the mid twentieth century brought these diverse ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dave Liebman: Ceremony

Read "Ceremony" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This exciting new album returns to the haunting evocative beauty of the origins of jazz rhythms but has a contemporary feeling infused into it by very sophisticated players of contemporary jazz and Latin music who give the album a special shine. While jazz matured within an eclectic mix of American music ranging from marching bands to ...


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