- Trombonist and Professor, Columbia University, USA
Currently, Assoc. Prof. of Music and Founding Director, Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program, Columbia Univ. Leader, Latin jazz group SYOTOS, which has released: Paradise In Trouble, Jazzheads Records, nominated best Latin jazz record (2004); Fields of Moons (2010), voted the best jazz release of the week, All About Jazz. Co-Leader, jazz quartet FFEAR. Has recorded over 150 albums and performed with numerous jazz and Latin groups, including: Tito Puente, Anthony Braxton, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Ruben Blades, Justin Timberlake, Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony, Ray Barretto, and Eddie Palmieri. Author of: numerous articles on jazz, Latin jazz, and salsa; Sounding Salsa: Performing Latin Music in New York (2008); a book on Latin jazz (forthcoming). Co-Editor, Bad Music (2004). Named one of the best trombonists in New York, The New York Times; Rising Star of the Trombone, Downbeat Critic's Poll (2008, 2009, 2010).