Composer/drummer/producer/educator ROLAND VAZQUEZ’ recent recording, “The Visitor”,
a jazz orchestra tour de force of Vazquez’ compositions, was supported by a grant from the Aaron Copland Fund. This 2010 CD follows 7 earlier recordings of his original “funky salsa bebop” and “Latin rhythmic chamber jazz”. Vazquez began as an R&B & rock drummer in L.A., eventually evolving into composing for his own jazz fusion band. In ‘77, he received an NEA Grant, which enabled him to tour with his "Urban Ensemble" ("a decade ahead of its time”/Billboard). He was also a member of Clare Fischer's Grammy-winning group "Salsa Picante”. Moving to NYC in ’81, he continued recording works for octet, quintet, and big band. He received a MM at Manhattan School of Music; where as Jazz Faculty, he taught for 10 years. In the ‘90’s he expanded towards chamber music (“Piano Analogies”; “Further Dance”), and orchestra (a commission from The Illinois Philharmonic). From ’00-06 he taught at the U of MI (Jazz Composition; Latin Jazz Ensemble; and “Intro to Latin Music”). In ‘03, he received a MCAC Grant for his Afro Latin Jazz suite “Music for Percussion Quartet & 3 Jazz Players.” A Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome (’05-’06), he composed new works and toured with various jazz artists. In ‘07, returning to the NY area, he continues performing, composing, & residencies (featured at Eastman, Berklee, Ohio U., U of Wisconsin, and UCCM), and performances (drummer for Botti’s “Jabberwocky” at the Disney Center in LA).
Please also see his website: www.roland vazquez.com