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), marked by patient attacks and painterly details, all articulated by his warm and generous band, which helps sculpt sturdy, inviting grooves that afford the front line loads of space and atmosphere. (Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader).