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Cristian Velez
was born in 1979 in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. By the time he was 11 years old he start playing percussion, guitar, trumpet and bass. At 16 he became a professional musician, playing percussion, drums, and singing in local churchs and bands. A few years later, Cristian began a student of the great drummer David Rivera, professor at Univ. Interamerican of P.R.. Very influnced by the music of Giovanni Hidalgo, Airto Moreira, Cepeda Family among others. Cristian Style its just a collage of the world rhythms.

Joan Velez
is an artist with a passion for jazz and latin music, he has a unique, big, sensual, and very percussive signature sound, his music is a new refreshing Experience.Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Velez began playing drums at age 11 before migrating to Tenor Saxophone one year later. While a student at the prestigious La Escuela Libre de Música in Arecibo, he also took up Soprano and Alto Saxophones as well as Flute. The Bomba and Plena rhythms of Puerto Rico, along with Cuban and Brazilian traditions, were among the biggest influences on Velez’s early taste in music. Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Michael Brecker and Paquito D’ Rivera had the greatest impact on his playing.In 1996 enrolled at the Universidad de Interamericana de Puerto Rico with a major in jazz performance. In 2000, Joan Velez Received the Berklee College of Music “Outstanding Musicianship” Certificate. He have performed in jazz festivals and he has shared the stage with such jazz artists as Mike Arroyo, Angel David Matos, Ricardo Pons, Nidya Caro, Raymond Rousseu, Jimmy Rivera, Nick Schneider, Bruce Oscar, Rodney Reed Zawacki, Robin Watson, Ken Champion and others. In 2005 he moved to Chicago for a warm reception from critics, music lovers and fellow artists, as he continues to push his style and sound.He continues to perform regularly with his Brother Cristian.
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At 1:41pm on September 15, 2008, Airborne said…

Airborne the Musical Peacemakers of Contemporary Jazz "Winds of Change" Video
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At 4:22pm on March 4, 2008, Kevin Beauchamp said…
Hey brothas,
Thanks for the message. I figure since you are here and I am here we might as well touch base. Check out Don Moye at the Velvet on the 17th if you can. He's got some serious percussion students studying Bata, and congas.
At 9:03am on March 4, 2008, Rogerio Boccato said…
Hey Guys, thanks for the request. I just added some music to my page; you are welcome to check that out when you have a chance.

Best, Rogerio
At 1:31pm on February 19, 2008, Victor Orlando said…
Hey guy's, welcome to Fun-Ja-La world. This is Victor Orlando,you can go by "You Tube" and see our video, and c.d.baby.com to hear our c.d.Let us know what you think, we will talk to you soon. Victor Orlando.
At 12:59pm on February 19, 2008, Trish Shandor said…
Hi fellas,

It is wonderful to have two more talented friends here in the cyber world. I am very excited to be a part of it all. Cheers!

~Trish~
At 11:42am on February 19, 2008, Myanna said…
Hi guys,

Thanks for inviting me to join your circle of friends.
Nice tunes!

Peace,
Myanna
At 4:49pm on February 18, 2008, Cheryl Russell said…
Hey Guys,

Just dropping by to say hi....

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

~Cheryl~ x
At 3:43pm on February 18, 2008, estaire godinez said…
pues VALE!!!!! Quidense okay
Estaire
At 2:46pm on February 18, 2008, estaire godinez said…
Hola Hermano Velez como estamos!???
Espero que bien..... a tocar!!!
At 6:55pm on February 16, 2008, Margaret Murphy said…
Hey guys, let me know where you're playing. I'd love to come check you out.
 
 
 

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