Carlos Jimenez - Flutist
Yonkers New York native, Carlos Jimenez, is an extraordinary flute player and vocalist as well as composer and band leader of Jazz, Latin jazz and Salsa. His family moved from New York to Villalba, Puerto Rico when he was six years old and it was there that his musical training began. Carlos had an aptitude for percussion and played congas, timbales and bongos very well. He then began studying trumpet under Professor Pablo Leon at Fransisco Zayas Santana High School. However, he was so inspired by Mongo Santamaria that he changed his instrument to flute. He performed with his school’s big band throughout the Island. Thus began his early days as a flutist and his passion for the instrument. When Carlos returned to New York as a teenager he continued to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz flutist. He began studying classical flute at the Music Conservatory of Westchester under Dave Fenucane before expanding his repertoire to include jazz, studying privately with master musicians Mario Rivera; Dave Valentin; Bobby Porcelli; Mitch Frohman; Vinnie Rickitelli; Rolando Briseno and Enrique Fernandez. A few years later he studied harmony and voicings with master pianist, Mike Longo as well as Alfredo Valdes Jr. and Hilton Ruiz.
Has recorded with;
Hilton Ruiz, Oscar Hernandez, Alfredo Valdes Jr., Sonny Bravo,Edy Martinez, Yeisson Villamar, Enrique Haneine, Gilberto “El Pulpo” Colon Jr., Fidel Cuéllar, David Braham, David Cruz, and Jeremy Brun
Orlando Marin, Jimmy Delgado, George Delgado, Anthony Carrillo, Chino Ramos, Maximo Castro,Willie Martinez,Vince Cherico, Jerome Jennings, Nicky Marrero, Eddie Montalvo, Frankie Figueroa, Guillermo Jimenez, Aryam Vazquez, George Martinez, Adam Webber, George Cintron, Ivo Tirado Jr., Juan Rodriguez, Chembo Corniel, Dean Vazquez, Rafel Monteagudo, and Orlando Vega.
Geoff Brennan, Chris Smith, Ruben Rodriguez,William Ash, Leong Dorsey, Willie Cintron, Jaime Cruz, Gregg August, and Ray Martinez.
John Walsh, Pete Nater, Richie Viruet, Hector Colon,Steven Gluzband, Kevin Brian, and Stephane Ronget.
Bobby Porcelli and David Schnitter.
Trombonist & Violinist-
Lewis Kahn, Dick Griffin, & Luis J Cruz
John Guth & Guillermo Perez
Special Guest, Dave Valentin.
Jorge Maldonado, Miguel Orlando & Saunders Sermons
Carlos Jimenez has also performed in New York, across the country and internationally with: Andy Gonzalez, Willie Rodriguez, Coto Pincheira, George Delgado, Bobby Sanabria, Adela Dalto, Willie Colon, Jimmy Delgado, Barry Harris, Mike Ekroth, Hector Martignon, Edy Zervigon, Pablo Vergara, Leroy Williams, Checo Freeman, George Coleman, Lew Soloff, Cecil Bridgewater, Leon Lee Dorsey, Lisle Atkinson, Earl May, Victor Venegas, Arturo Ortiz, Bernie Minoso, Javier Vazquez, Kevin Rodriguez, Bill O’Connell, Burt Eckoff, Craig Holiday Haynes, Frankie Vazquez, Herman Olivera, Gilberto Velazquez, Julio Salgado, Adan Perez, Joe De Jesus, Toby Rivera, Yeisonn Villamar, Cristian Rivera, Orlando Marin Jr., Chegui Metralla, Pedro “Pocholo” Segundo, Joe Boine, Puriri Matos, Carlos Mena, Amy Millan, Coto Pincheira, Renato Thoms, Richie Flores, Papo Pepin, Luisito Quintero, John Benitez, Willie Rodriguez, Carolina Calvache, Felix Cruz, Abraham Zaenz, Karen Joseph, Jose Fajardo Jr., Ines Fajardo, Carlos Velazquez, Eddie Venega, Mauricio Herrera Tamayo, David Freyre, Danny Rosado, Joe Santiago, Diego Lopez, Rolando Guerrero, Lloyd Nilsen, Jerry Madera, Charlie Garcia, Harry Adorno, J.R. De Jesus, Antoine Alvear, Johnny Mambo, Ariel De La Portilla, Antonio Hart, Mitch Frohman, Phil Maturano, Willie Martinez, Bobby Sanabria, Ronny Baro, Dick Griffin, Reinaldo Jorge, Hector Zarzuela, Phoenix Rivera, Jimmy Bosch, Jotan Afanador, Silvia Cuevas, Jerome Morris, Anthony De Leon, Eddie Venega, Michael Mossman, Rafael Cruz, Reinaldo De Jesus, William Ash, Luisito Ayala, Luis Ayala, Enrique Breton, Tulivu Donna-Cumberbatch, Taeko Fukao, Ricky Salas, Pucho Alamo, Juan Germosen, Tony Leon, Flaco Navaja, Lorenzo Rodriguez, Gaku Takanashi, Richie Mely, Alan Eicher, Dan Asher, Charlie Allerto, Endel Dueno, Anna Millat Meyer, Manu Bizeau, Raul Navarrete, Paul Paleologos, Samuel Torres, Patrick Hall, David Piro Rodríguez, Roberto Rodriguez, David Lighton, Norbert Stachel, Eric Roberto Salazar, Sergio Rivera, Ryan Berg, Miles Dalto, Ricky Rodriguez, Christian Fabian, Charly Schwartz, Sammy Barreto, Elias Santos Celpa, Dave Santiago, David Santiago Jr.,