Classically educated in Camaguey, coming from a family of trumpet players, his parents had planned for Yuliesky to become a doctor or a lawyer. But since was 3, he begged for playing trumpet, and ended up in a music school. He would perform in street bands, and play till the lips where bleeding. When he finished school, with highest degrees in playing and composition, he was desperate to continue playing, and 'borrowed' the schools trumpet, and ran to Havana to play in street bands, barely surviving. But soon he was discovered for his great talent, and the young trumpet player started performing and touring with big names like Omara Portuondo and Felix Valoy, from Buena Vista Social Club, Rolo Martinez from Cubanismo, Grammy winner Rene Luis Toledo, Eddie Palmieri and Alexander Abreu & Habana de Primera, to name a few. He moved to Paris, and later to Berlin, and in 2010 he became member of Berlin Big Band. His Salsa band 'Cubanaché' (former Tierra Caliente), was established in 2010, and his Afro Cuban Jazz Band 'Kind of Cuban' was established in 2011. With a profound knowledge of both the history of Cuban Jazz as well as the Cuban popular music, and the influences of Classical European music, as well as crispy African rhythms, Yuliesky Gonzalez has a fluent ability to write new Cuban Jazz and Salsa, with elegance, groove, and great personal expression. He is capable of lifting the compositions to a level of such quality, that even hardcore musicians get inspired by the innovative tunes. He is regarded to be among the best trumpet players in the new generation of Cuban top musicians.
YULIESKY GONZALEZ 'KIND OF CUBAN' (AFRO CUBAN JAZZ)
It was a straight yes from the two capacities, guitar player Bjarne Roupé (Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Hermeto Pascual, John Scofield, Deedee Bridgewater, Eddie Harris, Toots Thielemans) and Saxplayer Tomas Franck (Joe Henderson, Jerry Bergonzi. Toots Thielemans, John Scofield, Eliane Elias, Bob Brookmeyer, Steve Swallow, Carla Bley, Ernie Wilkens, Art Farmer, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Dick Oates, Django Bates, David Sanborn) to form part of Gonzalez' group. 'Kind of Cuban' feat Tomas Franck & Bjarne Roupe will be CD releasing soon...
Yuliesky Gonzalez Trumpet, Tomas Franck Sax, Bjarne Roupé Guitar, Norman Peplow Piano, Martin Matuck Bass, Isan Torres Congas Wiljoph Mounkassa Williams Drums
YULIESKY GONZALEZ & CUBANACHÉ (AFRO CUBAN SALSA)
Elaine Perez, whos vocals reminds of Celia Cruz, and Jari Rojas, who sings like a funky street kid, this groovy salsa band will make the audience feel like being at the very best Cuban Clubs. Great authentic music in high level party style. Jari Rojas voice is crispy and sexy, he has been singing Rumba, Salsa and Son since childhood, and is inspired by Jazz and Soul as well. Eliane Perez is educated classically and has an elegancy like the biggest singers of Jazz and Son. 'Cubanaché' (former Tierra Caliente), will be CD releasing soon.
Orielis Mayet Vocal, Jari Rojas Vocal, Yuliesky Gonzalez Trumpet, Ariel Florez Tenor Saxophone, Niels Marquart Trombone, Norman Peplow Piano, Martin Matuck Bass, Isan Torres Congas, Tony Moreaux Timbales
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