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Victor Mendoza

 

    As one of today's outstanding Latin jazz artists, Victor Mendoza's career includes performances with his own group and as guest soloist around the world. He has been featured on radio and television broadcasts, including two PBS specials, "Victor Mendoza in Concert" and "All American Jazz," and "Kaleidoskope" aired by the BBC. Other performances include an appearance as soloist with the Carlos Chávez Symphony Orchestra in Mexico City as part of the Festival Internacional de Percusiones, and at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London as part of the Rhythm Sticks ‘98 Festival. In 1996, Latin Beat named Mendoza one of the “Outstanding Latin Jazz Artists.”

Victor Mendoza ventured to the United States from his native Mexico at the age of twelve. He earned his bachelors degree in music education from Northern Arizona University and attended Boston's Berklee College of Music. Since 1983, he has been a faculty member at Berklee, where he helped create the highly-regarded Latin jazz curriculum. As Associate Professor, his popular Latin jazz ensembles and private vibraphone instruction have earned him an international reputation as a jazz educator.

Mendoza's first recording, "Victor Mendoza," rose to the Top 10 on the National Public Radio Jazz Charts. "If Only You Knew" (Bellaphon) includes appearances by Paquito D'Rivera, Danilo Pérez, and Claudio Roditi, artists with whom he has also appeared in concert. “This is Why” (RAM Records) received international critical acclaim and features Jim Odgren, Alain Mallet, Oscar Stagnaro, and Horacio “El Negro” Hernández. His latest CD, “Black Bean Blues,” takes vibraphone performance to new heights while maintaining traditional Latin roots.

Mendoza is frequently invited to conduct master classes at major music schools and universities around the world, including such prestigious institutions as the Royal Northern College of Music and the Guildhauld Arts and Music Academy in England, and the Scottish Royal Academy in Glasgow.

 

Courtesy of: Latin Jazz Network