Yonkers, New York native Carlos Jimenez is the next generation of extraordinary flute players. He follows in the footsteps of greats such as Dave Valentin and Nestor Torres.
Carlos’ musical passion began at the age of four, when under the guidance of his father he learned to play the trumpet. The family returned to Villalba, Puerto Rico where there then six-year-old musician continued his musical training eventually landing him admission to the prestigious Fransisco Zayas Santana's High School where he studied with the famous maestro, Professor Pablo Leon.
In 1995 Carlos returned to New York City to study at the Music Conservatory of Westchester. There he expanded his repertoire to jazz studying with master musicians Dave Valentin, Hilton Ruiz, Mario Rivera, Bobby Porcelli, Sonny Bravo and Mike Longo.
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“Jazz flautist Carlos Jimenez from Yonkers New York produces his latest musical project with his new “Thoughts” CD comprised of eleven new and original compositions firmly grounded in the smooth jazz tradition and containing strong elements of Latin Jazz, a genre with which Jimenez is closely associated. Sounding a bit like flautist Dave Valentin, Jimenez displays his ample chops on the flute leading a quartet which includes bassist Ruben Rodriguez, drummer Vince Cherico and Fidel Cuellar on the piano. The album opens up with a couple of smooth jazz tunes in “Carlitos My Son” and “Bluedo” featuring Cuellar on the keyboards as Jimenez makes the flute sing to high pitched notes