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Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: September 7, 1987

A graduate of Loyola University New Orleans (BM Jazz, Minor in Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, 2011), and Northwestern University (MM Jazz, 2013), Gustavo has performed and recorded with many great individuals and ensembles in the USA, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. In his playing stands out the dynamic rhythm section interaction, swing, and keen focus on melodic development - effect of his interactions and discussions with his teachers Johnny Vidacovich, Wayne Maureau, Willie Jones III, Victor Goines and Hernán Hecht - which together with his familiarity with the jazz tradition and the musical traditions of his native Mexico and Latin-America, offer a new and fresh sound. This can be heard on his latest record “Snapshot” (June 2013) which features Lincoln Center's saxophone and clarinetist extraordinaire Victor Goines (tenor sax), and Von Freeman's Mike Allemana (guitar), as well as Justin Copeland (trumpet), Roy McGrath (tenor sax) and Kitt Lyles (upright bass); the album features all original compositions by Gustavo....
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—-. Johnny Vidacovich. “Really slick. First class stuff. Great tunes. All the solos are easy smooth and not show off shit. Everybody is one for the music on this record. There is a tremendous amount of dedication and surrender to the music here as the band moves as one collective through the orchestral nature of this music… a very colorful and emotional musical trip... There is no one player that is better than another, they all together make the great musician who plays this music...”. —-. Review by AAJ's Jeff-Dayton Johnson: “With Snapshot, drummer Gustavo Cortiñas.....

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Primary InstrumentDrums

LocationEvanston, IL

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Credentials/BackgroundMaster of Music in Jazz Studies - Northwestern University - 2013 Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, Minor in Philosophy - Loyola University New Orleans, Magna Cum Laude, 2013 Supply teacher at the EDRON Academy, El Colegio británico during the school years of 2006-07 and 2007-08 teaching various subjects including music, mathematics, English, Spanish and history, and invigilating IGCSE and IB examinations. Drum instructor at EDRON Academy, El Colegio Británico through the academic years 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 as head and founder of the Drum and Percussion Club. Private Drum Instructor since 2004 to present.


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Featured recording “Snapshot”


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