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“Lose your dreams and you might lose your mind.” - Mick Jagger
Carlos Jimenez is an extraordinary flute player and vocalist, as well as composer and band leader of Jazz,
Latin Jazz and Salsa. Born in Yonkers, New York, his family moved to Villaba, Puerto Rico when he was six
years old. It was there that his musical training began. From a young age, Carlos had an aptitude for
percussion and played timbales, bongos and congas. His first lyrical instrument was trumpet. Carlos soon
changed his instrument to flute, feeling inspired listening to the music of Mongo Santamaria and how he
utilized the flute in his arrangements. 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. Carlos returned to New York as
a young adult to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz flutist. He began studying classical flute at the
Music Conservatory of Westchester before expanding his repertoire to include jazz.
To date, Carlos has recorded six albums of his own compositions as well as his own arrangements of
Latin music classics. As in a fantastic dream come true, some of the very musicians who inspired him in
his youth have participated in these recordings A seventh album is forthcoming.