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leo-quintero-improvising-technique-over-LEO QUINTERO
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BIO...

Composer, guitarist, arranger and producer, native to Caracas, Venezuela. Leo is a member of a dynasty of musicians and singers, like his father “El Negro José” Quintero, and his brothers Maricruz and Frank Quintero.

 

Graduated with honors (Cum Laude) from Berklee College of Music, in Boston, MA, and was a student of Charlie Banacos. Leo was a member of the Berklee College of Music faculty from 1991 to 1995.

 

Previously in Venezuela he studied with Vicente Emilio Sojo, Inocente Carreño, Aldemaro Romero and Manuel Enrique Pérez Díaz.

 

Leo Quintero began his career in popular music in the mid-1970s, with groups such as Los Cuñaos, El Trabuco Venezolano, Frank Quintero and Vitas Brenner, both as an instrumentalist and as a composer.

 

For over 30 years, he has been well-known for his work as a recording studio guitarist on more than 1,000 projects. He highlights a long history in the field of pop and rock, which includes projects with Ilan Chester, Son by Four, Alejandro Montaner, Franco De Vita, Jon Secada, Thalía, Olga Tañón, Juan Gabriel, Elvis Crespo, José Luis Rodríguez, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Ricky Martin and Armando Manzanero and many other artists. Some of these projects were nominated or were winners of Grammy Awards.

 

Leo is widely recognized as a jazz interpreter, in whose field he has had the opportunity to participate in projects alongside Tiger's Baku (tour in the US, Canada and Japan), The Bob Moses Band (tour in Europe), Paquito de Rivera and the Ensemble de la Habana (Boston, 1988), Igor Buttman Quintet (Boston), and with Arturo Sandoval at the Jam Miami concert in 2000, where he shared with Chick Corea, Ed Calle, Claudio Roditi, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, Poncho Sánchez, Pete Escovedo, Dave Samuels and others.

 

During the years 2004 and 2005 he toured as guitarist for the singer of English origin Engelbert Humperdinck, through 20 cities in the US, various countries in Europe and the Asian continent.

 

At the beginning of 2005, he produced the album "Otro Día" and later that year the album "Ofrendas", released under the Fono Jazz Universal label.

 

The song composed by Leo Quintero “Nothing Serious” was recorded by trumpeter Roy Hargrove; his CD was titled with the same name of the song.

 

Leo continues participating as producer, guitarist and composer of some national and international artists. He is currently part of the band of the singer Miriam Stone, The Blue Road Records Band.

 

As part of his activities as a teacher, it is important to mention that his student, Néstor Rigaud, was recently awarded the Grammy Award as a Sound Engineer.


 

BIOGRAFÍA DE LEO QUINTERO

Compositor, guitarrista, arreglista y productor nativo de Caracas, Venezuela.  Leo es miembro de una dinastía de músicos y cantantes, como su padre “El Negro José” Quintero, y sus hermanos Maricruz y Frank Quintero.

 

Graduado con honores (Cum Laude) en el  Berklee College of Music, en Boston, MA,  y fue estudiante de Charlie Banacos. Leo fue miembro de la facultad de profesores de Berklee College of Music desde 1991 hasta 1995.

 

Anteriormente en Venezuela estudió con Vicente Emilio Sojo, Inocente Carreño,  Aldemaro Romero y Manuel Enrique Pérez Díaz.

 

Leo Quintero comienza su carrera en la música popular a mediados de los años 70, con  agrupaciones como Los Cuñaos, El Trabuco Venezolano, Frank Quintero y Vitas Brenner, tanto en calidad de instrumentista, como de compositor.

 

Por más de 30 años, se ha destacado por sus trabajos como guitarrista de estudios de grabación en más de 1.000 proyectos.  Resalta una larga trayectoria en la onda del pop y el rock, que incluye trabajos junto a Ilan Chester, Son by Four, Alejandro Montaner, Franco De Vita, Jon Secada, Thalía, Olga Tañón,  Juan Gabriel, Elvis Crespo, José Luis Rodríguez, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Ricky Martin y Armando Manzanero y muchos artistas más.  Algunos de estos proyectos fueron nominados o ganadores de premios Grammy.

 

Leo es ampliamente reconocido como intérprete del  jazz, en cuyo ámbito ha tenido la oportunidad de participar en proyectos al  lado de Tiger’s Baku (gira por EUA, Canadá y Japón), The Bob Moses Band (gira por Europa), Paquito de Rivera y el Ensemble de la Habana (Boston, 1988), Igor Buttman Quintet (Boston), y con  Arturo Sandoval en el concierto Jam Miami en el año 2000, donde compartió con Chick Corea, Ed Calle, Claudio Roditi, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, Poncho Sánchez, Pete Escovedo,  Dave Samuels y otros.

 

Durante los años 2004 y 2005 realizó una gira como guitarrista del  Cantante de origen Inglés Engelbert  Humperdinck, por 20 ciudades de EEUU, varios países de Europa y del continente Asiático.

 

A principios del año 2005, realizó la producción  del disco “Otro Día” y posteriormente la del  disco “Ofrendas“, editada bajo el sello Fono Jazz Universal.

 

La canción compuesta por Leo Quintero “Nothing Serious” fue grabada por el trompetista Roy Hargrove, y su CD fue titulado con el mismo nombre de  la canción.

 

Leo continúa participando como productor, guitarrista y compositor de algunos artistas nacionales e internacionales.  Actualmente forma parte de la banda de la cantante Miriam Stone, The Blue Road Records Band. 

 

Como parte de sus actividades docentes, es importante mencionar que su alumno Néstor Rigaud, fue recientemente galardonado  con el  premio Grammy como Ingeniero de Sonido. 

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RECENT NEWS

1. Leo recently played on a spanish tv show with singer Becky G and d pecussionist Richard Bravo


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MblqH_Gj4w&t=16s

2. The Leo Quintero Quartet will be performing on Thu. April 6 at "Open Stage" in Coral Gables FL.

https://www.facebook.com/events/270437616714450/

3. The Leo Quintero Quartet will be performing in May with guests Pedro Castillo, Frank Quintero and Alexis Peña.

4. With Berklee Latino 2017: Leo will be imparting clases and seminars in: Ecuador, Chile and Coloma.

5. Working on the upcoming recordings with "The Night Time Travelers" in Blue Records new studio."

6. Leo performed at the "Caribbean Jazz Festival" with "Tony Succar" "Mixtura" and the "Michael Jackson Salsa Tribute".featuring Jon Secada.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r2pJb9EHYc

 

7. Performed at Winter the Namm Show 2017.

a. Leo played at Godin Guitars as one of their artists featuring Frank Quintero, Robert Quintero, Euro Zambrano and Robert Vilera. 

 https://www.facebook.com/pg/Leo-Quintero-461951640512741/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1395281440513085

b.  Performed at At: Dr strings, and  "Aguilar" with Oscar Stagnaro, Pablo Stagnaro, Ramon Stagnaro, Alex Acuña, Lorenzo Ferrero.

 

 c. With Frank Quintero at ADK guitars .

8. Leo performed with saxophonist Pablo Gil at the auditorium "Kalos Music School".

 

9. At the "Winter Namm 2016"

 

a. Performed at Godin with Luis Gallo

 

b. DB Mark Amps with guitarist Dean Brown.

 

10. Teaching with "Berklee Latino in 2016 in Bogota Colombia, Mexico DF, and Lima Peru.

 

10. Leo is in the middle of becoming a signed artist "Fishman products"
 

11. Leo Quintero played on Ricky Martin "A quien quiera escuchar"The album won the Grammy 2016 as "Best Latin Pop Album".


12. Leo played on Il Divo "Amor y Pasion". The album was #1 on the Billboards Latin charts.

13. Leo played on Frank Quintero new CD

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Leo Quintero playing his Catira guitar