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Penelope Santana Checo

Penelope Santana is a renowned guitar player and composer from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Penelope has been developing a reputation as one of the most promising guitarist in Boston since her arrival in 2014. After only a few years, this native dominican has shared stage with some of the greatest artists and ensembles in the city’s jazz scene including, Greg Hopkins, Tia Fuller Big band, Berklee Jazz Orchestra, Women of the World ensemble, Cyrille Aimee, among many others.

Discovering music at the age of 14, it was Penelope’s music teacher that recognized her gifted abilities and sent her to audition for the jazz music program at the National Conservatory of Santo Domingo. Encouraged and influenced by mentoring guitarist and jazz educator, Javier Vargas, head of jazz studies, Javier consistently introduced her to undiscovered music and ideas of the jazz and fusion world.

Throughout those years, Penelope performed regularly around Santo Domingo and the whole country, at many venues and festivals, some of which included DR Jazz Festival, Sunset Jazz, Jazz en Dominicana Festival, La Zona Colonial Music Festival, Cinema Café, with various bands and musical projects includings, National Conservatory Jazz Big Band, El Metro band, Josean Jacobo, Isaac Hernandez and Toné Vicioso y Aumbata. In 2013, Penelope was awarded with the was awarded the Latin Grammy Scholarship Award by the Latin Grammy Foundation for her outstanding talent and commitment to music, which is only awarded to few people in the world. She received significant media attention, including major Santo Domingo’s Tv shows for her work and success.

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