Cuenca
Jazz Drummer

Upcoming Events

September 23, 2016 Eric Lemons Group Brownstone Jazz in Brooklyn, 9-12:30am
October 2, 2016 Al Cardillo Group Apertif in Long Island, 6-9pm
October 6, 2016 Santi Debriano Trio Richmond Country Club Staten Island, 6-9pm
October 7, 2016 Jared Gold/Dave Gibson Organ Quintet featuring Dave Stryker Fat Cat in NYC, 10:30-1am
October 15, 2016 Carol Sudhalter Big Band Langston Hughes Library in Queens, 2-4pm
October 16, 2016 Special Guest with the Alex Nakimovsky Group BSBI Jazz Festival, Cheney Hall in Manchester, CT, 1-5pm
October 29, 2016 Al "Tootie" Heath's 4 drumset group "The Whole Drum Truth" Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
November 2, 2016 Tsutomu Nakai Trio Myrtle and Gold in Brooklyn, 7-10pm
November 3, 2016 Carl Bartlett Jr. Group 9th Note in Stamford, CT
November 4, 2016 Eddie Henderson Quartet featuring Peter Zak & Essiet Essiet Polish National Home, Hartford, CT hartfordjazzsociety.com
November 10, 2016 Kevin B. Clark Trio Bar Next Door in NYC
November 19, 2016 Sylvia Cuenca Organ Quintet featuring Troy Roberts, Paul Bollenback and Jared Gold Smalls Jazz in NYC, 7:30-10pm
December 7, 2016 Carol Sudhalter Group Flushing Town Hall in Queens, NY, 7-10pm
December 9, 2016 John Abercrombie Quartet The Side Door Cafe in Old Lyme, CT, 8:30pm (2 Sets)
December 10, 2016 Ray Blue Organ Quartet Farfina Cafe in NYC, 11:00-3:00am
December 15, 2016 Carl Bartlett Jr. Kitano in NYC
December 17, 2016 Ray Blue Organ Quartet Farfina Cafe in NYC, 11:00-3:00am
December 22, 2016 Sylvia Cuenca Quaret featuring Paul Hanson, Marcus Shelby and Ben Stolorow 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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