Jazz Drummer

Upcoming Events

January 20, 2017 Jared Gold Trio Fat Cat in NYC, 1:30-4am
January 26, 2017 Sylvia Cuenca Organ Quintet featuring Paul Bollenback, Jared Gold, Troy Roberts and Josh Evans Fat Cat in NYC, 10-1am
January 28, 2017 Ray Blue Quartet Farafina in NYC, 8pm
January 31, 2017 Ray Blue Quartet Bahai Center in NYC, 8pm
February 1, 2017 Carl Bartlett Jr. Group Recording at Douglas Street Studio
February 12, 2017 Kevin Mahogany Group Dorthaan's Place at NJPAC in NJ, 11:30am & 1:30pm
February 14, 2017 Kevin Mahogany Group Smoke in NYC, Sets at 7, 9 and 10:30pm/td>
February 23, 2017 Saul Rubin Trio Alobar in Long Island City, NY, 7-10pm
February 25, 2017 Patience Higgins Sugar Hill Group Smoke in NYC, 11:30pm
March 11, 2017 Ray Blue Quartet Bean Runner in Peekskill, NY
March 18, 2017 Carl Bartlett Jr. Group Lafayette Bar in BK
March 3, 2017 Sylvia Cuenca Quartet featuring Kyle Koehler, Saul Rubin and Wayne Escoffery Hyatt in New Brunswick, NJ, 8-11pm,
April 1, 2017 Sylvia Cuenca Quartet featuring Lyle Link, Gaea Schell and David Euwell Bird n' Beckett, San Francisco CA, 4:30-6:30pm
April 1, 2017 Grant Levin Trio Bird n' Beckett, San Francisco CA, 7:30-9:30pm
April 6, 2017 Sylvia Cuenca Group, featuring Essiet Essiet, Paul Hanson and Ben Stolorow Cafe Stritch, San Jose, CA, 8:30pm-12am
April 7, 2017 Sylvia Cuenca Quartet featuring Essiet Essiet, Lyle Link and Ben Stolorow Black Cat, San Francisco CA, 8pm
April 8, 2017 Sylvia Cuenca Quintet featuring Essiet Essiet, Lyle, Link, Ben Stolorow and Paul Hanson Black Cat, San Francisco, CA, 8pm
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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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