Samuel Torres

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Primary Instrument: Congas

Born: September 4, 1976    

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Samuel graduated in Music Composition from the Universidad Javeriana. He started playing at the age of twelve with local bands and recalls learning a great deal from in-home jam sessions with friends of his musically inclined grandparents and relatives. While in Colombia Samuel played with the most respected Colombian musicians and worked as musical director and arranger for films and soap-operas. Though a classically trained percussionist, Samuel is drawn by the sounds and rhythms of different music genre, especially Latin American and Jazz.

In 1999 Samuel moved to Miami, where he was recruited by Grammy Award Winner Arturo Sandoval, with whom he recorded and toured around the world for four years. Upon arriving in the US, Samuel played with renowned jazz artists such as the late Tito Puente, Chick Corea, Paquito D’ Rivera, Poncho Sanchez, Pete Escovedo, Dave Valentin, Michael Brecker, Don Byron, Caribbean Jazz Project, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Lila Downs, Candido Camero, Mike Stern, and Claudio Roditi among others. He has recorded for Latin pop artist like Shakira, Marc Anthony, Thalia, Jerry Rivera....
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”... a keen-eared, light-handed percussionist [who] can draw a rainbow of intriguing sounds.” The Washington Post.

“ [Samuel Torres] playing is full of joy and that’s what music is all about.” Richard Bona.

“Skin Tones is at once intelligent, sophisticated and explosive.” Jazz Times.

“... a skillful musician coming into his own.” Latin Beat Magazine.

About Skin Tones “...a modern Classic for all jazz lovers “ Jazz Review.

“[Samuel Torres].. has written and recorded music for his project that is inventive, lyrical, and important work. He is a special artist.” Jeff “Tain” Watts

“ ... artfully accompanying Sandoval's pianistic excursions.” The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“...the stage is stolen at the end by percussionist Samuel Torres, who brings enough fury to his skins to alarm his hometown PETA chapter... The roar from the audience could have been heard at the end of a $15 taxi ride....” All About Jazz - ”What a fantastic study tool for congueros, timbaleros and bongoceros......One of the best instructional DVDs I have seen. Highly recommended.” about “Drum Solos Revisited”, music composed, produced and arranged by Samuel Torres. -

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