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is an artist with a passion for jazz and latin music, he has a unique, big, sensual, and very percussive signature sound, his music is a new refreshing Experience.Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Velez began playing drums at age 11 before migrating to Tenor Saxophone one year later. While a student at the prestigious La Escuela Libre de MÃºsica in Arecibo, he also took up Soprano and Alto Saxophones as well as Flute. The Bomba and Plena rhythms of Puerto Rico, along with Cuban and Brazilian traditions, were among the biggest influences on Velez early taste in music. Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Michael Brecker and Paquito Dâ Rivera had the greatest impact on his playing.In 1996 enrolled at the Universidad de Interamericana de Puerto Rico with a major in jazz performance
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