Mario Castro

The Mario Castro Quintet is one of the brightest and up and coming jazz groups of today. The group is lead by Mario Castro, a 2011 Berklee College of Music graduate from Humacao, Puerto Rico. At 24, Castro is already an accomplished musician and has led his group, to many legendary stages including: Newport Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, the Fillmore in SF, Sevilla Jazz Festival (SPAIN), among others. He also held a residency at Wally's Jazz Club in Boston, the historical landmark frequented by many great musicians. Castro currently lives in NYC.

Mario Castro will be debuting his “quintet + STRINGS” project. They will be performing a selection of original music written by Castro and his band. The band consisting of: Mario Castro on saxophone, Josh Shpak on trumpet and flugelhorn, Tamir Shmerling on bass, KyuMin Shim on piano and rising star drummer Jonathan Pinson.

Mario Castro’s debut quintet album; “primavera”(2012) was released under Greg Osby’s record label Inner Circle Music. - See more at:

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“On this recording Mario Castro shows all sides of his talents… arranging and composing along with the actual playing; a gorgeous sound on the tenor and most of all , leadership and passion. ”

-Dave Liebman

“Tenor saxophonist Mario Castro is one to watch for the ages. He offers a music that is brimming with color, vitality, and a broad vision He is a welcome change of pace and is poised to make a difference.”

-Greg Osby

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