ABRAHAM VASQUEZ

jazzisav@yahoo.com

Abraham’s musical career began at the precocious age of six. His first instrument was the violin, followed by the trumpet and finally the saxophone at age eight, which proved to be his true love and passion.  By age fifteen, Abraham was already playing professionally in the San Francisco Bay area at numerous popular venues. Abraham’s sax rocked in San Francisco all the way from the sky scrapers to the ballrooms of the finest hotels.  Abraham has performed at Newport, San Jose and the Hawaiian Latin Jazz Festivals. He’s played for headlining performers such Sam Butera, Eddie Shaw and Hubert Sumlin, Tommy Castro, Marion Meadows, Jorge and Carlos Santana, Malo, Mary Wells, Richard Bean, Tom Politzer of Tower of Power, and Danny Hull of the Doobie Brothers.  He was the featured saxophone player in the bands of Rudy Madrid, Mike Amaral, Robert Payne and Jerry Sauceda. Abraham and Rudy’s song “Cruisin’ Baby” was recorded by Snoop Dog.   Abraham currently is the featured saxophone player for the J.C. Smith Band for live performances.  He not only appears on the bands 2009 CD release, Defining Cool, he also composed the horn arrangements on the CD.

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