Gustavo Cortinas

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 latest record, “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). “Snapshot” features Lincoln Center's saxophone and clarinetist extraordinaire Victor Goines (tenor sax), and Von Freeman's Mike Allemana (guitar). Gustavo has performed with renowned ensembles and individuals of the music scenes in Chicago, New Orleans, New York City and Mexico such as the Roy McGrath Quartet, Kitt Lyles Real Talk, Hermon Mehari, Matt Marantz, Marcquis Hill, Victor Goines, Mike Allemana, Marco Durán, Luri Molina, Diego Maroto, Hans Luchs, Adam Thornburg, Collective Vision and the Adam Rosado Big Band, amongst others. Gustavo is currently working with his band “Snapshot”, on a project that fuses his two passions: music and philosophy; this proyect will culminate on the release of his second discographic release as a leader: “Esse”.

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—-. Johnny Vidacovich. “Really slick. First class stuff. Great tunes. All the solos are easy smooth and not show off shit. Everybody is one for the music on this record. There is a tremendous amount of dedication and surrender to the music here as the band moves as one collective through the orchestral nature of this music… a very colorful and emotional musical trip... There is no one player that is better than another, they all together make the great musician who plays this music...”. —-. Review by AAJ's Jeff-Dayton Johnson: “With Snapshot, drummer Gustavo Cortiñas..

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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 examinations. 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 Percussion Club. Private Drum Instructor since 2004 to present.

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