Latin Culture CelebrationThe Angel Mattos Quartet and the Latin Faculty Big Band
Angel David Mattos, born in 1966 in Puerto Rico, began music lessons at a very early age. In 1984, he moved to the United States to continue advanced music studies and Mattos graduated in 1988 from the University of Illinois under the influence of musical maestro Tony Caramia. That same year, Mattos began his journey into the jazz limelight, acting as sideman and recording session man for renowned musical artists such as Dave Valentín, Alex Acuña, Bob Mintzer, John Benitez, Antonio Sánchez, Mike Stern, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Eddie Gómez, among many others. In 1999, Mattos presented his first musical production Preludio, followed by his critically acclaimed production Danzzaj, which combines Puerto Rican danza with jazz harmony. Danzzaj was recognized by musical authorities such as Latin Jazz Network and Latin Beat Magazine, and earned Best Latin Jazz Production Award 2004 by the Century Music Awards. In 2008 Mattos presented his recording Traditions, continuing his journey combining other traditional Puerto Rican Music such as plena, bomba, and aguinaldos with jazz. Among the artists invited to this recording were Oscar Stagnaro, Bob Mintzer, and Paquito D´Rivera.
Mattos keeps a busy schedule performing with his Jazz Boricua group, dedicated to the fusion of jazz and Puerto Rican folkloric music, and other musical productions. He is professor of music at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and at Rexville Elementary School, where he conducts a jazz band composed of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders.
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