Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
He received a B.M., Trumpet, from The Manhattan School Of Music, NYC 1991. He also took part in a BMI Jazz Composer's Workshop, NYC 1989. He was also a part of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Program. He studied trumpet with Tony Barrero, Bob Millikan, Harold Lieberman, Bob McCoy, Marvin Nelson, John Copolla and Peter Hansen. He studied keyboard with Ellen Wasserman, Andres Alen, Harold Danko and Dave LaLama. He studied composition and arranging with Frank LaRocca, Jorge Liderman, Bob Brookmeyer, David Berger and Kirk Nurock.
He was a student of the Berkeley, California Unified School District Jazz Program under Phil Hardymon. His school/bandmates included Benny Green, Craig Handy and Paul Hanson. He was a frequent visitor to the Keystone Korner (defunct jazz club) in North Beach, San Francisco. His first salsa gig was with Bay Area Salsa legend, Carlos Frederico.
He lived in NYC from 1989-1993, studying composition and trumpet privately and at the Manhattan School of Music. He's had good fortune of playing with the likes of young jazz greats, Chris Potter, Joel Frahm, Pete Bernstein, Rob Scheps, and latin music luminaries, Louis Ramirez and Patato Valdez.
He started using computer music applications in 1987, beta-tested for E-MU systems, and began producing projects that combined jazz, latin and hip-hop under the Sonando Productions label. He began keyboard career professionally in 1997 performing with Bay Area salsa bands and small jazz groups. He's been performing and recording with Cuarteto Sonando, an Afro-Cuban Jazz Quartet, since 1999.
In 1998, inspired by contemporary Cuban salsa and jazz, he visited Habana, Cuba, to study piano and Cuban musicology. There, he studied with concert pianist, composer, musicologist, Andres Alen. He also played with upcoming Cuban Jazz players, Roman Filiu and Alexander Brown. He visited later in 1998 to study and work on a remix project with Giraldo Piloto. In late 1998 he joined a latin-jazz group formed by percussionist Patricio Angulo which eventually became the group, Sonando.
In addition to performing on keyboard, he continues to work on audio production and composition projects.
Woochang Lee: Spheres (1991); Sweet Potato: Mo' Cookin (1993); Conjunto Cespedes: Vivito Y Coleando (1995); Sonando Productions: HavHop Vol. 1 (1998); Cuarteto Sonando: 7 Steps To 850 (2002); Cha Cha Boom: Cha Cha Boom (2002)
Cuarteto Sonando, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Bob Brookmeyer, Patrice Rushen, Martial Solal, Mundell Lowe, Bill Berry, Rob Scheps, Denny Zeitlen, Harvie Swartz, Paquito D'Rivera, Al Grey, Buddy Tate, Earl Warren, Patato Valdez, Louis Ramirez, Ray De La Paz, Tabou Combo, Hubert Laws, Marty Balin, Conjunto Cespedes, Kotoja, Full Faith and Credit Big Band, Miles Pena, Roman Filiu, Alexander Brown, Carlos Frederico
AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival 2002, North Beach Jazz Festival 2001, JVC Concord Festival '94 and The Barcelona Music Festival '94 with Conjunto Cespedes, JVC Newport Jazz Festival '91 with Ray Charles, The International Brass Conference (NYC) '91, Monterey Jazz Festival '80 & '82 with the Berkeley High School Big Band and the California High School All-Star Big Band.
KGO-TV, San Francisco, The Good Morning Show with Denny Zeitlen '82