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 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).

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COULEURS JAZZ - COULERS JAZZ HIT - FRANCE ”Esse is a masterstroke” —-. HOBART TAYLOR, KUCI - IRVINE, CA This is ensemble work at the highest level. The compositions are thoughtful, engaging, and heartfelt.The tunes sound super fresh, sui generis. —-. PETER MARGASAK - CHICAGO READER ”Patient attacks and painterly details, all articulated by his warm and generous band.” —-. CHRIS SPECTOR, MIDWEST RECORD With the forward kind of thinking that tempts you to label him as Tito Puente III, you can dance, you can listen and you can enjoy this thoroughly throughout. —-. PAUL ABELLA, WDCB - CHICAGO ”This is a really wonderful disc, filled with some young heavy hitters from Chicago's jazz scene..

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Evanston, IL

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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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