Joan Torres

Primary Instrument: Bass, electric

Joan Torres

Bassist and composer Joan Torres got into music before becoming a teenager. Throughout the years he grew as a musician and developed an interest for Jazz music. He has studied Jazz with a list of great musicians like puerto rican legend Tony Batista (William Cepeda), Oscar Stagnaro (Paquito D’Rivera) and Matthew Garrison (son of John Coltrane’s bassist Jimmy Garrison). His ability was recognized by musical institutions like Berklee College of Music who offered him many scholarships to attend their summer programs and the college as a full­-time student. He developed his musical skills by studying and performing a wide variety of music including Salsa, Rock, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Jazz, Classical Choir music and even Brazilian Capoeira music. ...
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12th Annual Independent Music Awards Nominee (Funk/Fusion/Jam Album for "Before", Funk/Fusion/Jam Song for the track "The Chase")
●“Como bajista, líder y compositor, Joan Torres tiene todo lo necesario para sobresalir. [...] su música toma prestado de varias tradiciones jazzísticas, tanto acústicas como eléctricas, para crear una síntesis vital, fresca, inclasificable.” ­Rafael Vega Curry, El Nuevo Día

●“Showcasing all­original material and recorded entirely in San Juan, it is evident that dedication to detail has achieved a terrific result.” ­James Nadal, All About Jazz

●“Joan Torres is one of those incredible talents that you have to delve deep into the treasure chest of music to find. Hailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Torres defies conventional songwriting and playing styles in order to create his incredibly entrancing and technical music.” ­Nic Raffo, The.Raffo.Review

●“The songs on Before are perfectly crafted arrangements that speak of the evolution and variety of sounds that Jazz music has to offer.” ­ Red House Reviews

●“Not taking anything for granted here, I'd say that Joan Torres's All Is Fused is well on their way to becoming a legendary jazz ensemble and ‘Before’ will be one of their most respected releases.” ­I Am Entertainment Magazine

●”For jazz fans that appreciate traditional jazz, but grew up in the jazz fusion era, All I Fused gives such listeners the best of both worlds.” ­Dan MacIntosh, antiMusic

●”Joan Torres's All is Fused album Before, is a perfect musical exhibition for the ears. Each cut paints a picture that is worth examining and studying for its dynamic skill and synthesizing of musical flair.” ­Kyle Jarmon, Examiner

●“Torres knows his fusion history, and appropriates from it with a sure touch. [...] The compositions display a dynamic and stylistic diversity; they tend to be pleasing sequences of chords more than appealing melodies.” ­Jeff Dayton­Johnson, All About Jazz

●“I must admit that I’m hardly versed in Jazz, but Joan Torres and Before has me worried about the fact that I may be missing out on something tremendous. But then again, maybe it doesn’t get much better than this...” ­Brian Lion, Under The Gun Review

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Before by James Nadal

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