Born: October 16, 1948 Primary Instrument: Piano
Carli Muñoz grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he played professionally from a very early age. As a pre- teen, Carli prodigiously assembled a group of friends from his neighborhood, told them that from then on they were going to be musicians, selected their instruments, taught them how to play them and went off to become one of the most popular dance bands in metro San Juan. “In 1960 I would come home with a $500.00 leader’s share in my pockets per week and the sidemen (more like sidekids) would take home at least $250 each. Soon enough we added some professional horn players and joined the local Musicians Union” says Carli....
Awards:Gold Record "The Beach Boys in Concert" 1973 Century Music Awards Latino, 2005 (Carli Muñoz/Eddie Gomez)
“Virtuosic without being superfluous…” John Kelman,, All That Jazz
“…a force to be reckoned with…” Kevin Le Gendre, Jazz Wise UK
“…makes piano notes pop like small explosions…” Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times
“The electricity between the three is authentic…”
James Hale, Downbeat Magazine (about the trio with Eddie Gomez and Jack Dejohnette)
“…crisp attack, a distinctive piano sonority…” Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times
“…a mix of delicacy and deft percussive beauty…” Dan McClenaghan, All That Jazz
“Carli's solos, indeed his music, breathe deeply and healthily…” Winthrop Bedford, Jazz Improv Magazine
“…outstanding pianist and composer…” Eddie Gómez
“…the real deal…” Owen McNally, The Hartford Courant
“…a lyrical player…” Jerry D'Souza, All About Jazz
“…a rare charm…” Van Dyke Parks
“…the most exciting fifty-something improviser you've never heard of...” Andrew Gilbert, The JazzScribe, San Francisco
Both Sides Now, Pelosenel Q Lo Records, 2002
Live at Carli's Vol 1, Pelosenel Q Lo Records, 2004
Maverick, Pelosenel Q Lo Records, 2006
Live at Carli's Vol 2, Pelosenel Q Lo Records, 2008
Live at Carli's Vol 3 (Art of the Duo), Pelosenel Q Lo
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San Juan, PR
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Forums (CMPR) and master classes. Will teach piano jazz improvisation and composition via a unique self taught approach. No reading necessary. Only intermediate to advance. One to one or group, in person only. In San Juan (Miramar), Puerto Rico. Hours: Flexible Rate: $40 p/40 minutes
I have partial experience at doing clinics, through various clinics and forums I've done at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, my home town. But generally my focus has been on performing commercially: Concerts, clubs, etc.