Jazz Drummer

Upcoming Events

January 2, 2016 Sylvia Cuenca Group Cafe Stritch in San Jose, 8:30pm (3 sets)
February 13, 2016 Carl Bartlett Jr Quartet Moda Grill in Queens, 7-10:30pm
February 26, 2016 Jared Gold Group Fat Cat, 1:30am
March 3, 2016 Kevin Clark Group Bar Next Door in NYC, 8:30 & 10:30pm
March 4, 2016 Jared Gold Group Fat Cat, 10:30-1am
March 5, 2016 Sheryl Bailey Trio featuring Kim Clarke 5C Cafe in NYC, 8-9pm
March 5, 2016 Arlee Leonard Group 5C Cafe in NYC, 9:30-10:30pm
March 5, 2016 Carl Bartlett Jr Quartet St. Albans Congregational Church in Queens, 5pm
March 12, 2016 Pucci Amanda Jones Brownstone Jazz in Brooklyn, 9pm
March 13, 2016 Keisha St. Joan Brownstone Jazz in Brooklyn, 3pm
March 17, 2016 Sylvia Cuenca Quartet Hyatt in New Brunswick, NJ,, Featuring Ralph Bowen, Chris Berger and Alex Collins
March 18 Andrea Brachfeld Group Cassandra's in Harlem, 9pm
March 19, 2016 Sylvia Cuenca Group Candlelight Lounge in NJ, 3:30-7:30pm, Featuring Ralph Bowen, Chris Berger and Brad Allen Williams
March 25, 2016 Pucci Amanda Jones Cassandra's in Harlem
March 30, 2016 erri Davis Group Gin Fizz in Harlem, NYC, 9pm
April 7, 2016 Carl Bartlett Jr Group Kitano's in NYC
April 8, 2016 Dimitri Vassilakis Group Zinc Bar, NYC, 8-9:30pm
April 10, 2016 Jennifer Griffith Lauretano's in Bethel, CT
April 15, 2016 Sylvia Cuenca Group featuring Jared Gold, Paul Bollenback, Abraham Burton and Duane Eubanks Fat Cat in NYC, 10:30pm
April 16, 2016 Danny Mixon plus special guests Jazz Foundation Gala, 7pm
April 20, 2016 Jared Gold Trio Showman's in Harlem, NYC, 8:30-12:30
April 22, 2016 Jared Gold Trio Fatcat, NYC, 1:30am
April 24, 2016 Al Cardillo Group Apertif in Rockville Center, 6-9pm
April 25, 2016 Chris Washburne Quartet Clinic Jazz at Lincoln Center Education Room, 6-8:30pm
May 11, 2016 Cuenca/Bollenback/Blades Organ Trio Hedley Room in San Jose, CA, 8-10:30pm
May 12, 2016 Cuenca/Bollenback/Blades Organ Trio featuring Lyle Link Cafe Stritch in San Jose, CA, 8:30- 12:00am
May 13, 2016 Cuenca/Bollenback/Blades Organ Trio featuring Bob Kenmotsu Cafe Stritch in SJ, CA, 8:30-12:00am
May 14, 2016 Cuenca/Bollenback/Blades Organ Trio Bird n' Beckett in SF, CA, 7:30-10pm
May 15, 2016 Cuenca/Bollenback/Blades Organ Trio Chez Hanny in SF, CA, 4pm
May 28, 2016 Sylvia Cuenca Organ Quintet featuring Paul Bollenback, Jared Gold, Ralph Bowen and special guest Steve Nelson on vibes Smalls Jazz, 7:30-10:30pm

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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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