Carlitos Medrano & The Vinales Project
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Carlitos Medrano & The Vinales Project

Vallejo, California, United States | SELF

Vallejo, California, United States | SELF
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Band Members
Carlitos Medrano (Percussion & Band Leader )
Antonio Cortada (Bass )
Julio Cesar (Piano )
David Schrader ( Tenor & Alto Sax )
Kendrick Freman(Drums )



Carlos Medrano; born in Havana, Cuba, began his musical studies by teaching himself to play Bongos and Congas using traditional Cuban music and Rumba as his guide. After a few years of studying, experience, and having participated in folkloric musical projects and timba, also known as Cuban Salsa, he decided to broaden his musical knowledge by beginning a course of musical studies in the Escuela de Superación Profesional de Arte “Felix Varela y Morales” where he began to create his foundation for Latin Jazz fusion within other musical projects in Cuba. He remembers with great satisfaction and happiness having been a student of famous international Cuban percussionists such as Eliel Lazo Linares, Yaroldy Abreu, José Luis Quintana, also known as Changuito. He has also had the satisfaction of meeting some of the finalists of the International Barreto in Memorian competition in Havana, Cuba also known as La Fiesta del Tambor in 2005. He had the opportunity to play in several ‘Big Bands’ directed by Jorge Luis Triana for the inauguration and participation of the International Jazz Festival. He worked with Cuban saxophonist, Orlando Sanchez, also known as Cuba Jazz. Before arriving to the United States, he worked with a well-known pianist from Cuba, Alexis Bosch. He arrived to the United States in March 2008. He has been working with several bands in Sonoma County (Batacha and Carlos Herrera Band) and the Bay Area (Pellejo Seco, Boleros y Mas, Ruben Gonzalo, T-Mambo, Mision Barrio Project and Fito Reinoso). He performed in the 2009 Cuba Caribe Festival held in San Francisco celebrating Cuban folklore. The Sonoma County chapter of Loco Bloco hired him to teach Cuban folkloric rhythms to students at Windor Middle School. He also had the possibility to conduct an Afro-Cuban Rhythms workshop in Canada, December 2009, Sonoma State University, March 2010, West African and Afro-Cuban Conference Oahu, Hawaii, May 2010.

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