Monticello, Minnesota, just 30 minutes northwest of Minneapolis...
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Recording Studio
Tell us a little about your background...
It all began with a summer job as a lighting and sound apprentice at The Golden bear Nightclub in Huntington Beach, CA in 1977. My mother and her sister a recorded singing duo were known in Argentina as “Las Hermanas Cornejo” and my grandfather Agustin Cornejo was a re-knowned Argentine folk guitarist...so music was in my blood. A near fatal auto accident in 1981 led to two years at Golden West College and one year at G.I.T. (at the Musicians Institute) and by March of 1984 my love for jazz and r&b led to work with cover bands throughout southern and northern California. I then worked for 14 years out of the Los Angeles area (Sherman Oaks and Burbank), playing, writing, producing and recording with the likes of The Worthy Davis Project, Louie Louie, latin rapper Gerardo, Freejak, Hayden (Motown still owes me for that session!), a brief stint with Otis Day and Knights, Michael Schlessinger, Danielle LoPresti, sampling and sequencing for Chuckie Booker’s TLC Tour, Michelle Shocked, Chante Moore, After 7 and El DeBarge before re-locating to Minneapolis, MN in 1997 and hooking up with The Ronny Loew Band. I also managed to compose for my sister and filmmaker Cristina Kotz Cornejo (www.wildwimminfilms.com).
From Guitar Player Magazine (January 2009 issue) What Editor In Chief/Michael Molenda says about my track "Driving":
"Jump into Kotz's car and you won't get anywhere fast, but you'll dig the slow, funky ride. Kotz lets his churning groove percolate like an idling Ferrari and leaves a lot of space between his buzzy, often wah-filtered bends and melody stabs. It's a slick display of restrained seduction."
Me soloing on Earth, Wind & Fire's "Can't Hide Love"...
Me soloing on Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon "... (terrible audio)...
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
Tony Axtell referred me!
What Instrument do you play?
What is your website address? Only websites that pertain to your business and how you can be contacted.
Below is a LINK(*) to a short film I scored for my sister and filmmaker Cristina Kotz Cornejo (www.wildwimminfilms.com) quite some time ago. I've done several and as I find the footage I'll continue to add them.
(*) video provider "Brightcove/tv" shut down operations but I found a link to CineDulce who's hosting the short film "Ernesto"...
ERNESTO (2000) 15 minutes / 16 mm / Color Reared by his ailing grandfather in New York City, 12 year old Ernesto struggles against the pressures put upon him by his childhood friends to "huff" (inhalants).
Awards: - "2002 UFVA Award of Merit" - "Face of Drugs Award" Finalist, Palm Springs Int'l. Short Film Festival Grant, Partnership for a Drug Free America
Screenings: October 2003, Cambridge Latino Film Festival, Cambridge, MA August 2002, UFVA Conference, Ithaca, NY November 2001, Northwestern University Latino Film Series, Chicago June 2001, New York International Latino Film Festival, NYC April 2001, 17th Chicago International Latino Film Festival August 2000, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Palm Springs, CA Filmmakers: (Partial) Director/Writer: Cristina A. Kotz Cornejo Producer: Cristina A. Kotz Cornejo, Angela Counts, David Kittredge Cinematography: Chad Davidson Editor: Rob Rosenberg Production Designer: Toni Barton Art Director: Kira Lynn Harris Composer: Andy Kotz
Cast: Ernesto: Sylvestre "Nino" Rasuk Ricky: Kevin Pabon Manny: Christian Pabon Abuelo: Jorge Rios Bodega Owner: Jose Febus Kid on Street: Rafel Deonarian
Thank for your comments.
I apologize for the delay.
It's one of my own design built by Samick, The Charlie Christian Model CCFT650.
It was first developed by a previous business partner and I under the name, D'Leco Guitars. We build hand crafted archtops and after an arrangement with the Christian family we licensed the design and trademark name to both Samick and Gibson. Gibson built a limited edition of the 150 model.
I listened your stuff carefully, and let me say as the guitarist - you did a lot of work, and you've got the style - it's between Larry Carlton and Lee Ritenour with Quincy Jones/Herbie Hancock type of arrangements.It is sounds very fresh.I play and compose different music, but I'd love to do something similar to your style.You are very melodic type of musician and its very rare.I'll be glad to be a friend with you and share some of ideas.Nice to know you.Val
Shortee would be thrilled to get some guitar stuff from you to play around with...her exact words were "yeah - cool"...18 is such an expressive age...I think she reserves it for her music. Take good care of you!
Thanks for dropping by! Yes I am based in Auckland but -
I've been writing and recording for weeks so don't get to listen to radio!! Glad to hear you're on there, though. Well done! loveTommie
The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
Divine: The Jazz Albums, 1954-1958 packs four CDs with Vaughan's music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small. Two live albums from Chicago nightclubs are standouts, partly when a performance threatens to slide off the rails.
Grady Tate began his jazz career as a much-celebrated drummer, backing such icons as Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald, and Quincy Jones. Tate has since traded in his skins for a microphone at center stage, where he delivers smooth and soulful baritone vocals. With pianist John di Martino, Tate sings "Everybody Loves My Baby" and "Where Do You Start."
He was a soulful reedman, an amazing talent scout for decades and a bandleader of one of the country's most popular acts. Born in 1913, Herman led "Thundering Herds" that were both big draws and well-respected by the likes of Igor Stravinsky. Here are five recordings which still sound fresh today.