Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Cuenca, Sylvia, drummer; Sylvia is an active young drummer on the New York jazz scene who is contributing outstanding performances in a variety of situations. Recently, she has been performing extensively with trumpet legend Clark Terry as part of his quintet. In addition to working with Clark Terry, Sylvia has done several tours in the United States as well as Europe with Joe Henderson and in both a quartet as well as a trio setting with Henderson and Charlie Haden and Henderson and George Mraz.
As a sideman, Sylvia has performed and toured with such jazz luminaries as Eddie Henderson, Gary Bartz, Stan Getz, John Hicks, Emily Remler, Joshua Redman, George Cables and the European based Vienna Art Orchestra, and she can be heard on recordings by Clark Terry, Ron McClure and The Vienna Art Orchestra, among others. Sylvia has held clinics at various colleges and universities in the United States and Europe. She has been on the teaching staff at the Stanford Jazz Workshop in Stanford, California since 1985, and most recently was Artist-in-Residence at The Clark Terry Institute of Jazz at Westmar University in Iowa.
In 1988 and 1991, Cuenca received jazz performance grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, and in 1992, she was a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drum Competition.
Originally from San Jose, California, Sylvia Cuenca attended San Jose City College where she performed and recorded with the City College Big Band. Over the years, she has studied with Victor Lewis and Keith Copeland. She currently resides in New York City.
Cuenca endorses Zildjian Cymbals and Vic Firth Sticks.
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