Jazz Drummer

Upcoming Events

May 15 Sylvia Cuenca Organ Quartet featuring Steve Nelson, Paul Bollenback, Jared Gold and Tivon Pennicott Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.<
May 16 Paul Bollenback Trio Bar Next Door in NYC, 7:30pm
May 17 Al Cardillo Group Apertif in Rockville Center, NY, 6-9pm
May 23 Sylvia Cuenca Group Candlelight in Trenton, NJ, 3:30-7:30pm
May 28 Kind of Blue Tribute Cafe Stritch in San Jose, CA, 8:30pm-12am
June 5 Sylvia Cuenca Trio Healdsburg Hotel in Healdsburg, CA, Healdsburg Jazz Festival Jam Session, 9pm-12am
June 13 Sylvia Cuenca Quartet featuring Essiet Essiet, Craig Handy and Peter Horvath Cafe Stritch in San Jose, CA, 8:30pm
June 14 Sylvia Cuenca Quartet featuring Essiet Essiet, Craig Handy and Peter Horvath Jazz in the Barn in Sonoma, CA, 3pm
June 16 Al Molina Group 7 Mile House in Brisbane, CA, 7-10pm
June 30 Sylvia Cuenca Quartet featuring Camille Thurman, Jennifer Vincent and Miki Hayama Concert at Empire State College in NYC, 6-8pm
July 3 Jared Gold Group FATCAT in NYC, 10:30-1am
July 5 Sylvia Cuenca Quartet Jazz Vespers at St. Peters Church in NYC, 5pm
July 10 Sylvia Cuenca Organ Group featuring Jared Gold, Troy Roberts, Freddie Hendrix and Avi Rothbard FatCat in NYC, 10:30-1am
July 12 Carl Bartlett Jr. New Rochelle Jazz Festival, 8-10pm
July 19 Chris Gillespie Group Performance in Martha's Vineyard
July 25 Sylvia Cuenca Group Candlelight Lounge in Trenton, NJ, 3:30-7:30pm
August 8 New York Jazz Quartet featuring Essiet Essiet, Teodross Avery, and Peter Zak Club Regent in SJ, CA, SAN JOSE JAZZ SUMMER FEST 2015, 1pm
Sept 3 Carl Bartlett Jr. Group Kitano in NYC, 8 & 10pm
Sept 5 Albert "Tootie" Heath's - The Whole Drum Truth Group Dizzy's in NYC
Sept 10 Rob Scheps Group Smalls in NYC, 10pm-1am
Sept 12 Rob Scheps Quintet Smalls in NYC, 10-1am
Sept 18 Robbi Kumalo Trio Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, PA, 7:30pm
Sept 26 Dave Stryker Trio Trumpets in NJ, 8 & 10pm
October 13 CBG Organ Trio featuring Sylvia Cuenca, Paul Bollenback and Jared Gold Sonoma State University Concert, 7:30pm
October 14 CBG Organ Trio (Cuenca/Bollenback/Gold) Stanford University Concert in Stanford, CA,
October 15 CBG Organ Trio (Cuenca/Bollenback/Gold) Studio Pink House in Saratoga, CA, Sets 7 & 8:30pm,
October 16 & 17 (Cuenca/Bollenback/Gold), CBG Organ Trio Cafe Stritch in San Jose, CA, 8:30-12am

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About SYLVIA Cuenca

Sylvia Cuenca, Jazz Drummer

Ms. Cuenca endorses Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth sticks and brushes, and LP percussion.

Sylvia is an active drummer on the New York jazz scene contributing outstanding performances in a variety of situations. She has had the honor of sharing the bandstand with saxophone legend Joe Henderson for 4 years. They toured extensively in Europe, Asia and U.S. Sylvia also performed with trumpet legend Clark Terry for 17 years. Terry's quintet and big band performed jazz cruises, clubs, concerts and festivals in the U.S. Europe, the Caribbean, and South America.

Sylvia also performed and toured with jazz luminaries Billy Taylor, Eddie Henderson, Gary Bartz, Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, Frank Foster, Red Holloway, Jimmy Heath, Al Grey, Frank Wess, Michael Brecker, Houston Person, Etta Jones, Jon Faddis, Dave Stryker, Dianne Reeves, John Hicks, Geoff Keezer, Denise Donatelli, John Handy, Lew Soloff, Marian McPartland, Hilton Ruiz, George Cables, James Spaulding, Kenny Drew Jr., Frank Foster's Loud Minority Big Band, Randy Brecker, Emily Remler, Jesse Davis, Helen Merrill, Vienna Art Orchestra and many others.

Guest Director for Sisters in Jazz program at Kennedy Center 2005, Faculty at Jazz for Teens program at NJPAC and Stanford Jazz Workshop in Stanford, California. She is also a clinician for universities throughout U.S. and Europe. In 1988 and 1991 Sylvia received two NEA Grants and in 1992 she was a semi-finalist at Thelonious Monk International Drum Competition. Sylvia is originally from San Jose, California and has studied with Victor Lewis, Adam Nussbaum, Keith Copeland and Portinho. She currently resides in New York City.

Some special highlights include:
  • 2013 Drum Instructor/Clinician, Xinghai International Jazz Festival & Education Forum at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China
  • In 2012 performed with Kevin Mahogany at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in South Africa
  • In 2012 performed as leader at the JusJazz International Jazz Festival in India
  • The Chicago Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jon Faddis
  • Guest Director 2005 for the Sisters in Jazz Program at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC
  • Track from "EXIT 13" used in episode of HBO's "Sex and the City"
  • Interview in Latina Style magazine
  • Critical acclaim from major music publications of her independent release EXIT 13 and THE CROSSING
  • Tour of Korea and Japan with Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, and Michael Brecker
  • Feature on a Billy Taylor segment of "Up and Coming Artists" on CBS Sunday Morning Show
  • The Sylvia Cuenca Group in the Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC
  • Cover feature of "The Metro", Silicon Valley, CA newspaper
  • The Sylvia Cuenca Group at the Monterey Jazz Festival - 2002
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