Born: 1970 | Died: August 23, 2012 Primary Instrument: Bass
The career of the GRAMMY Award winner Bassist Charles Flores began in Cuba, with the Cuban jazz vocalist/composer Bobby Carcasses. While playing with Carcasses, he was recruited by pianist Emiliano Salvador, one of the key figures in the history of Cuban jazz. For the next three years, he performed throughout Europe and Latin America with Salvador and his quartet.
Charles continued his musical career with the Latin-fusion group “Afro-Cuba” during 1992 and 1993 recording a CD titled “Acontecer.”
After his stint with Afro-Cuba, he joined the Issac Delgado Group and toured internationally, while with Delgado he recorded three CD’s including “Con Ganas,” “EL Chevere de la Salsa y EL Caballero del Son,” and “EL Año que Viene.”
Charles Flores musical creativity and distinct style of playing continues to be demonstrated in his performances with Michel Camilo, Jane Bunnett, Paquito D'rivera, J.P. Torres, Brian Lynch, Giovanni Hidalgo, David Sanchez, BBC Big Band,Horacio El Negro Hernandez, Alturo Sandoval, Dave Valentin, Steve Khan, Dafnis Prieto, Fahir Atakoglu, Dave Samuels, Siedah Garrett and others.
In the year 2002 he joined the Michel Camilo Trio, performing throughout the most important jazz venues of the world. Recording the Live at the Blue Note Album, Charles Flores with Michel Camilo Trio won a Grammy for the Best Latin Jazz Album of the year 2004.
Charles Flores ignites the jazz world with his powerful and inspiring performances.