Cuenca
Jazz Drummer

Upcoming Events

2015
January 16 Lance Bryant Group Duke's in Newark, NJ
January 29 Sylvia Cuenca Organ Quartet featuring Paul Bollenback, Ralph Bowen and Jared Gold Hotoke in New Brunswick, NJ
February 1 Avi Rothbard Trio featuring Jared Gold Little Branch, 10:30-1am
February 4 Faculty for Jazz for Pre-Teens NJPAC, 5:30-8:30pm
February 6 Patience Higgins Group Smoke, NYC, 12 midnight
February 14 Jennifer Griffith Something Jazz in NYC, 7pm (1 set only)
February 14 Paul Bollenback Group Fatcat in NYC, 10pm
February 15 Joey Morant Group Blue Note in NYC, 11:30am & 1:30pm
February 21 Sylvia Cuenca Organ Quartet featuring Dave Stryker, Jared Gold and Tivon Pennicott Smalls in NYC, 7:30pm
February 25 Faculty for Jazz for Pre-Teens at NJPAC 5:30-8pm
February 25 Eddie Allen Aggregation Big Band 9 & 11pm
March 8 Al Cardillo Group Apertif in Rockville Center, 6-9pm
March 11 Carl Bartlett Jr. Group Flushing Library in Queens, 1:30-2:30pm
March 15 Jazz House Kids - Guest Artist Jazz Residency Jazz House Kids in Montclair, NJ, 1:30-4pm
March 17 Nora McCarthy Group Harlem on 5th Avenue
March 18 Ben Sher Group Something Jazz, 7-9pm
March 25 Carl Bartlett Jr. Group Langston Hughes Cultural Center in Queens, 2-3:30pm
March 26 Carl Bartlett Group Kitano in NYC
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.

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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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