A graduate of Loyola University New Orleans (BM Jazz, Minor in Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, 2011), and Northwestern University (MM Jazz, June, 2013), Gustavo Cortiñas has developed a successful career in the US for close to a decade, leading and accompanying ensembles in renowned stages and festivals in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. . “In his playing stands out the dynamic rhythm section interaction, swing, and keen focus on melodic development, which together with his familiarity with the jazz tradition and the musical traditions of his native Mexico and Latin-America, offer a new and fresh sound (Cristina Zenteno, El Heraldo de Chiapas). This can be heard on his records as a leader, Snapshot (July 2013), a Smörgåsbord of the moods and nuances that make up the human experience... an idiosyncratic album that intrinsically fuses the personal to the universal (Lissette Corsa, Jazziz Magazine); and ESSE (Origin Arts 2017): With the cohesive and captivating Esse, Cortiñas has created superb work that balances refreshingly inventive ideas with high- caliber musicianship. This exquisite and continuously gripping record is a testament to Cortiñas’ triple threat of skills as dynamic performer, agile bandleader and brilliant composer. (Hrayr Attarian, Chicago Jazz Magazine).
COULEURS JAZZ - FRANCE:
Esse is a masterstroke.
Hraryr Attarian - Chicago Jazz Magazine:
With the cohesive and captivating Esse, Cortiñas has created superb work that
balances refreshingly inventive ideas with high-caliber musicianship. This exquisite and
continuously gripping record is a testament to Cortiñas’ triple threat of skills as
dynamic performer, agile bandleader and brilliant composer.
Dan Bilawski - AAJ: A fascinating musical realization, exploration, and
distillation of the works of Hegel, Aristotle, Descartes, Plato, and other brilliant
minds...statements that are both studious and thought-provoking in nature...Gustavo
Cortinas has worked everything out in his musical neck of the woods.
Hobart Taylor - KUCI:
This is ensemble work at the highest level
Willing to teach
Master of Music in Jazz Studies - Northwestern University - 2013
Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, Minor in Philosophy - Loyola University New
Orleans, Magna Cum Laude, 2013
Combo instructor and guest artist at Northwestern University (Evanston, iL)
Percussion/Drum set instructor at Flatts & Sharpe Music Academy (Chicago, IL)
Part time Teaching at UCAN Academy (Chicago, IL)
Supply teacher at the EDRON Academy, El Colegio británico during the school
years of 2006-07 and 2007-08 teaching various subjects including music,
mathematics, English, Spanish and history, and invigilating IGCSE and IB
Drum instructor at EDRON Academy, El Colegio Británico through the academic
years 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 as head and founder of the Drum and
Private Drum Instructor since 2004 to present.