I have been working as a professional musician and saxophone player in San Antonio since 2014 (soprano, tenor, & baritone saxophone) — specializing in song composition/arranging, horn section arranging, soloing, and studio recording, as well as freelance work & teaching private lessons.
It has been a true pleasure of mine to have worked with many artists/groups including:
Bombasta, Aaron Stephens, Tumbao Orquesta, NATIAO Latin Jazz, The Bluprint, The Westside Horns, Favorite Son, Jason Kane, J-Darius, Chris Cuevas Project, Misha Allyse, The Munoz Brothers Band, Cosa Nostra, NG2, Ruben Ramos, Las Fenix, Lia G, Tortilla Factory, Hugo Guerrero, LA45, Donovan Keith, and Brian Scartocci.
As a member of these groups, I have been fortunate enough to perform at several venues & events throughout San Antonio and across Texas including:
Events: JazzSA’live, Luminaria, Tejano Music Awards, KENS5 Great Day SA, Taco Fest, Fiesta Fit Fest, Oyster Bake, & Pachanga De San Patricio at the Will Naylor Smith River Walk Plaza
Venues: LUNA, Paper Tiger, The Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater at The Tobin Center, Sam’s Burger Joint, The Carver Community Cultural Center, Guadalupe Theater, The Lonesome Rose, St. Paul’s Square, The Lighthouse Lounge, Market Square, Cherrity Bar, Pueblo Hall, Jandro’s, Pick’s Bar, Hopscotch, & Jaime’s Place
Outside of my hometown, I have regularly performed in Austin, Texas including performances at Antone’s, Continental Club, The Elephant Room, as well as SXSW and Austin
When approaching any musical situation as an individual or as a collective, the goal is to always serve the song, which in turn, serves the audience/listener. The act of performing music will always be a team effort, because in order to achieve the intended goal, all parties must surrender their egos and do what is best for the particular moment. Dynamics, intensity, and groove are the determining factors for these thing to happen.
When asked about making the right decisions to achieve victory, Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin said:
"If it's conducive to engineering victory -- that's our sole agenda. It's putting together a plan and highlighting the skills of players that produce victory... We're singularly focused on this weeks opportunity which is to win this game."
What I take from that philosophy is that maintaining focus on the goal and having gratitude for the opportunity to pursue it should be at the forefront. Once the focus is in line with the intention, a plan must be set in place to achieve your goal.
It is not lost on me that I have a special opportunity to create and perform music, and I want to put the same nurture and care into the art as it has done for me. Music has moved me and shaped the person I am today, and I hope to continue to spread the joy and power of music throughout my community and around the world.