Gustavo Cortiñas

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Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: September 7, 1987    

Gustavo Cortiñas

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... a young artist seeks to craft a meaningful and representative musical statement and calling card. Snapshot is an understated and confident record... adventurous soloing and arrangements prevent things from growing dull... Cortiñas is restrained, marked by the same quiet self-assurance that imbues the record overall. He holds off from any extended soloing or overt displays of technical prowess for several tracks, preferring to lend a variety of rhythmic supports to the group performances. When he does step out front in the solo... he remains controlled and intelligent... the song and the sentiment it conveys suggest that the time is right for this solid and satisfying record.” —-. AAJ Download of the Day Editor's Comments: “Punchy, polished virtuosity from Gustavo Cortiñas and company. If this was a UK post bop band, it might consist of Clark Tracey/Nigel Hitchcock/Guy Barker.” —-. An article by Victor Vieyra Santamaría from “MIRADA SUR” on the Festival Espontáneo 2013, in San Cristóbal de las Casas, with a review of Snapshot's performance at the festival. “from Chicago came Gustavo Cortiñas' Quartet, with a swing that slid through the different emotional states that life has given him; this quartet and each of Gustavo's compositions are a musical voyage throughout different landscapes...and what can we say of young and talented master Gustavo, who despite the fact that he moved up north, he never lost track of the roots that bind him to Mexican Culture, quite the contrary, he has become a link between contrasting musical sceneries, without mentioning the fact that he is a genius of rhythm, and talented composer, basing his performance of this memorable night on his most recent discographic production: Snapshot”. —-. Article by Jorge Ricardo of Mexico's Reforma, published July 2nd 2013. “He named his debut album Snapshot: quintets, quartets, a trio and a solo performance that attempt to capture, like a “snapshot,” the fleetingness of life...the result is one of those albums that you want to play back at the end of each piece...a music that is played, listened, and lived in community, that evokes collaboration, dialogue between parts, a constant push and pull, and a neverending array of possibilities that are consumed in the present through collective improvisation.”. ——. Review of Snapshot's performance in Ex-Convento de Sto. Domingo in Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, MX, by Cristina Zenteno, of El Heraldo de Chiapas, published July 19th 2013. “In front of a large audience, Gustavo Cortiñas' “Snapshot” performed yesterday by invitation of El Consejo Estatal para las Culturas y las Artes (Coneculta). Gustavo Cortiñas and his quartet, featuring Roy McGrath, Justin Copeland y Kitt Lyles chose to charm the stage of El Centro Cultural Ex-Convento de Santo Domingo with their sounds. The concert was little over an hour, and that was enough top send the audience home satisfied with the execution of ”Snapshot,” which was without a doubt a great performance of a kind and calibre that we scarcely get to witness in our state. —-. Interview by Zyunzo García Oguri posted on June 19 2013. “Un ejemplo a seguir, tanto como persona como musicalmente...Gustavo posee la gran cualidad de tener una actitud positiva y una buena vibra contagiosa, a la par de ser la persona con más dedicación y disciplina musical que conozco.”. —-. .An article by Alonso Arreola describing the Mexico Tour:. “Un baterista mexicano avecindado en Chicago...un coterráneo del que nos podemos enorgullecer. Viene presentando su primer disco como solista, Snapshot, en el que graban ejecutantes notables de la escena estadunidense.” .
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Master 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.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Clinics as an independent jazz drummer, with the "Snapshot" ensemble, as well as backing some of today's greatest jazz educators. Clinic for Franklin Park Elementary School with Victor Goines, Marlene Rosenberg and Katharine Hedlund at January 13 2013. Jazz Educator’s Network 2010 – Clinic and performance with Victor Goines and the Loyola University Jazz Orchestra (Jan 6th 2011) Festival de la Escuela Superior de Música, - Mexico City – Clinic and performance with Marco Durán and his trio. (June 4th 2010) Clinics at Escuela de Música Do Central – in Mexico City in 2011 and 2012 Rhythm Section clinic with John Mahoney at LMEA’s Conference (Nov. 2009) with John Mahoney

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Snapshot by Greg Simmons

Snapshot by Florence Wetzel

Snapshot by Jack Bowers

Snapshot by Dan Bilawsky

Snapshot by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

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