MM, Jazz Studies
A graduate of both Berklee College of Music and Northern Illinois University, Francisco is an active performer in the thriving jazz scene of Washington, D.C. Francisco was born in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela. In Venezuela, he worked and performed with top renown jazz artists such as drummer Andres Briceño, Pablo Gil and Gustavo Caruci, and was involved as a producer, arranger and musical director for bands in other musical idioms. Since beginning his formal education in the U.S, Francisco has studied and performed concerts with artists such as Richie Hart, Peter Bernstein, Carl Allen, Alain Mallet and Derrick Gardner throughout the United States. During his years Chicago completing a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies, he was an in-demand sideman in the area and performed at the city’s most prestigious venues, the Chicago Jazz Festival, and top jazz venues of nearby cities such as Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin. He has released an album as band leader with Venezuelan guitarist Manuel Reyes entitled “Duet” and also appeared as a sideman in recordings both in Venezuela and the U.S. In addition to being an international performer, he is also very passionate about teaching and has been extensively involved in music education at all levels, from very young beginners through ambitious adult learners. Francisco works with all contemporary styles of guitar-playing, including pop, rock, basic bluegrass, and basic fingerstyle patterns.