About Francisco Quintero
Francisco Quintero is a guitarist, composer, arranger and producer born and raised in Venezuela. He attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 2009, where he obtained a degree in instrumental performance, and also holds a master's degree in Jazz Studies from Northern Illinois University. He has studied with artists such as Richie Hart
, Ed Tomassi
, Lin Biviano, Alain Mallet
, Mike Stern
, Adam Rogers
, Peter Bernstein
, Fareed Haque
, and more, and played with an impressive list of artists including Andres Briceno, Gustavo Caruci
, Derrick Gardner
, Carl Allen
, Victor Provost
, Paul Carr
, Geof Bradfield
, Reggie Thomas
, Ari Brown
, and more. Instrument(s):
Guitar, both electric and acoustic, bass, and some drums. My very first instrument was the drum set, and later I changed to guitar. Even though I really liked being a drummer, I was always curious about guitar. I grew up looking and playing around with my mom's guitar, which was just around the house. She got it as a gift from my grandfather when she was around fifteen, and she played a little bit. I think it was an original Spanish Tatay, a really beautiful sounding instrument. Teachers and/or influences?
I had good teachers in Venezuela. My first teacher was guitarist Frank Osorio at the school, and then I went on to study with Richard Perez privately. Richard exposed me to fusion music and some jazz I was coming from a rock background. He let me take home CDs from artists such as Scott Henderson
, Diana Krall
, Chick Corea
, Frank Gambale
, and others. As a musician I have always been extremely curious, so it was natural for me to really dig into all sorts of genres. At home, I was getting familiarized with Paco De Lucia
, Wes Montgomery
, and classical music, while I also played metal and progressive music such as Metallica and Dream Theater. I slowly started to transcribe all that other stuff, without thinking too much about genres. I just loved the sound of different types of music.
Much later when I was at Berklee, I studied with a lot of great musicians and teachers, and went to many clinics/workshops conducted by many of my musical heroes, but my main mentors there were Richie Hart, Alain Mallet and Ed Tomassi. What I got out of them was really important for my development. It really changed me and helped substantially. Then I also studied with Peter Bernstein in New York City, who is one of my favorite musicians and who I learned a lot from. I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
I never really gave it much thought. I am a very passionate person, so if I like something, I am really curious and go into it very deeply. It's been music for most of my life so when I was graduating from high school I really wanted to keep playing and have the time to dedicate fully to it. Most of my time in high school I spent practicing many hours every day and studying music, so I just went with it and followed my heart when I got out. Your sound and approach to music.
I have studied very deeply and passionately the music of Wes Montgomery, John Coltrane
, Charlie Parker
, Thelonious Monk
, and all of the jazz tradition, but I am also able to appreciate so many other styles of music. I am a fan of good music in general, and I love details. In good art, there is a lot of details, so it doesn't matter what the style is, you can hear or see that if the work is of high quality. For this reason, my sound is a lot of things that I am passionate about and have invested a lot of time in, but mainly jazz. The music I am currently writing is rooted in jazz; I am really passionate about swing, the history and the concept of improvisation in this style. Montgomery, Charlie Christian
, Coltrane, Rollins and Monk are my favorite players.
But as I said, I am also very interested in other genres. I study a lot of Brazilian, fusion, rock, and also even world music.
I am constantly trying to be creative in my own playing and understand my sound to project it in the best possible way, but I also want to be connected to the history of the music in some way. It's a language and you should speak it, but have your own opinions for sure! Your teaching approach