Jazz Drummer

Upcoming Events

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
June 3 & 4, 2016 Rob Scheps Group, 2016 Smalls in NYC, 10:30-1am
June 23, 2016 Carl Bartlett Jr. Quartet Smalls in NYC, 7:30-10pm
June 26, 2016 Al Cardillo Group pertif in Long Island, 6-9pm
July 13 Hendrik Meurkens Samba Jazz Group Clancy By The Sea in Somers Point, NJ, 7:30pm
July 15 Guitarist Ben Sher Organ Trio Recording Studio
July 16, 2016 Carl Bartlett Jr. Quartet New Rochelle Jazz Festival
July 21, 2016 Kevin Clark Trio Bar Next Door in NYC, 8:30 & 10:30pm
July 22, 2016 Larry Corban Trio Bar Next Door in NYC, 8:30 & 10:30pm
July 23, 2016 Joan Belgrave Group The Metropolitan in NYC, 9:30pm
July 24, 2016 Roni Ben Hur Trio St. Peters in NYC, 5pm
July 28, 2016 Sylvia Cuenca Quartet featuring Essiet Essiet-Bass, Dave Kikoski- Piano and Josh Evans- Trumpet Fat Cat in NYC, 10pm (2 sets)
July 30, 2016 Christine Melton Group Metropolitan Room in NYC, 4-5pm
July 30, 2016 Carl Bartlett Jr. Group Moda Grill in Queens, NY, 7:30pm
August 1, 2016 Dennis Day Group For My Sweet in Brooklyn, NY, 7:30pm (2 Sets)
August 5, 2016 Norbert Stachel Soundroom in Oakland, CA
August 6, 2016 Sylvia Cuenca Trio Hotel Healdsburg in Healdsburg, CA
August 7, 2016 Norbert Stachel The Fenix in San Rafael, CA
August 12, 2016 Norbert Stachel Armondo's in Martinez, CA
August 14, 2016 Cuenca/Zak/Essiet Trio
featuring special guest Eddie Henderson
Jazz in the Barn Concert Series.
August 18, 2016 Peter Zak Trio
featuring special guest Eddie Henderson
Piedmont Piano in Oakland, CA
August 19 & 20, 2016 Cuenca/Zak/Essiet Trio
featuring special guest Eddie Henderson
Cafe Stritch in San Jose, CA, 8:30-12am
August 26, 2016 Hendrik Meurkens Samba Jazz Quartet Jazz Esse in Moscow, Russia
August 27, 2016 Hendrik Meurkens Samba Jazz Quartet Butman Club in Moscow, Russia
August 28, 2016 Hendrik Meurkens Samba Jazz Quartet Koktebel Jazz Festival in Russia

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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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