Josiel Perez
National School of Art (ENA), Institute of Superior Art (ISA)

From 2010 to 2011, Josiel toured Europe as the 1st trumpet with one of the most
respected and Internationally renown flautist and bandleader’s in Cuba, (ex-Chucho
Valdes bandmate) Orlando “Maraca” Valle, and his group “Maraca Y Otra Vision”,
performing at some of the most prestigious festivals in the world, such as; Jazz Festival in
Vanz, Jazz Festival Toulon, and International Festival Azerbaykan.

Josiel completed a successful 2011 twenty-eight City U.S. Summer Tour with MARACA’s
Latin Jazz and Salsa group, performing at Yoshis in San Francisco, DIA (Detroit Institute of
Arts), Chicago Folk and Roots, the Kennedy Center in DC, and more…

After the 2011 tour with Maraca, Josiel landed in Alburqurque New Mexico for a little over
a year, where he studied intensively with Bobby Shew, and performed with many well
known groups such as Excelencia, Ray De La Paz, Lorenzo Antonio and more.

Also, while in New Mexico, and aside from composing and arranging for his own JP
Project, a blend of Cuban music and Neo Soul, Josiel wrote music, played lead trumpet
and composed for a band called ENJOY, a newly collaborative group of former students
of the Cuban music school ISA, alongside musical director Mariano Morales (Celia Cruz,
Tito Puente, Marc Anthony, Gilberto Santa Rosa).

Currently, Josiel resides in Los Angeles California, where he has been performing
alongside top level musicians, such as, Luis Conte, Haakon Graf, Rayford Griffin, Hans
Zermuelen, Dan Lutz, Stan Sergeant, Walfredo Reyes Jr., Kamasi Washington, Jimmy
Branly, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Ethio Cali, and he is the musical director who leads,
composes, and arranges for the AC Jazz, a Nationally known group produced by PJ
Oliva, and formerly led by world reknown Cuban Percussionist Long John Oliva.

The AC Jazz Project is one of the most versatile contemporary Allstar Cuban bands in Los
Angeles, featuring former members of Maraca, NG La Banda, Grupo Afro-Cuba, Arturo
Sandoval, and Cuba LA. Their outstanding repertoire is an authentic mix of Afro Cuban
Jazz and Cuban Popular Dance Music.

Josiel’s musical style is extremely versatile, he can play anything from his native traditional
and contemporary Cuban Music, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Son, Salsa Cubana, Timba, to
Classical, Jazz, Bebop, Latin, Funk, Rock, RnB, and Soul.


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