Cuenca
Jazz Drummer

Upcoming Events

October 17 Jared Gold Group Fatcat, NYC
October 26 Carl Bartlett Jr Group Queens Botanical Garden, 2PM
October 30 MJ Territo Something Jazz, NYC, 7pm
November 7 Patience Higgins Group Smoke, NYC, 11pm
November 8 Patience Higgins Group Mintons, NYC, 11pm
November 12 Faculty at NJPAC (Jazz for Pre-Teens Program) 5:30-8:30
November 16 Marion Cowings Smalls in NYC, 1-3:30pm
November 19 Faculty at NJPAC (Jazz for Pre-Teens Program) 5:30-8:30
November 21 Patience Higgins Group Smoke in NYC, 11:30pm
November 22 Patience Higgins Group Mintons in NYC, 11:30pm
November 26 Faculty at NJPAC (Jazz for Pre-Teens Program) 5:30-8:30
November 29 Carl Bartlett Group Garage in NYC, 10:30pm-2:30am
December 3 & 10 Faculty at NJPAC (Jazz for Pre-Teens Program) 5:30-8:30pm
December 11 Brice Sebastian Group G. Lee's BBQ in Brooklyn, 8-11pm
December 12 Sylvia Cuenca Organ Quintet featuring Paul Bollenback, Jared Gold, Tivon Pennicott and Alex Norris Fatcat in NYC, 10:30pm
December 27 Sylvia Cuenca Quintet featuring Peter Zak, Bob Kenmotsu, Mitch Butler and Mike Zisman Cafe Stritch in San Jose, CA, 8:30pm -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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