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“The pioneers of music in his family were his father and his uncle. Each born in the Dominican Republic, his father was a Pianist and Singer while his uncle was a Percussionist. Slowly, his father left the music scene and now it’s up to Saudy to keep the tradition alive. On the small caribbean island, he would be exposed to popular styles of music such as Bachata, Salsa and Bolero which would later contribute to the genre of music that he now composes and plays today. Years after immigrating to New York City in the United States, he was introduced to Jazz, the drums and the Latin instruments that were provided in his middle school and high school Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) in Washington Heights, New York. His music teacher Gian Tornatore would teach him all he can and would lead him to the right direction to become a great musician.
Growing up, Saudy has been selected to play percussion on full scholarships in multiple competitive music programs, including Camp MSM (three summers), Music Improv Camp with Dr. Bert Konowitz (six summers) and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra, a prestigious program led by Wynton Marsalis. As part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra, Saudy performed a concert of Duke Ellington’s sacred music at Carnegie Hall on March 24th with conductor David Berger, a 250-person youth choir, professional lead singers and legendary jazz musicians Vincent Gardner, Sean Jones, and Jimmy Heath. He has received instruction from notable musicians such as Dustin Kaufman, Alex Brown, Eric Doob, Martin Urbach, Mark Walker, Alberto Netto and Paulo Stagnaro to broaden his understanding in Gospel, Jazz and Latin Jazz. These programs have prepared him to continue his studies at Berklee College of Music.
Music Influences such as Tito Puente, Brian McKnight, Brian Blade, Paquito D’Rivera and Juan Luis Guerra have defined his musical approach both live and on paper. Brian McKnights’ love songs and Paquitos’ melodic Latin Jazz tunes have sparked him to compose and perform Latin Jazz love songs based on personal and general ideas that he have experienced. He says he would love to give rise to the popularity of Latin Jazz Love Songs that both the Latino and American community can enjoy.”

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