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Santi de la Rubia

Born in Valencia in 1984. His love of jazz began very early when listening to the tapes of Johnny Hodges played by his father. At the age of eight, he began studying the saxophone. In 2002 he finished his professional degree in classical saxophone with honours, moving that same year to Barcelona to study jazz at the Escuela Superior de Música de Catalunya. There he received classes from teachers such as Xavier Figuerola, Eladio Reinón and Ignacio Gascón and graduated in 2006 with honours.

Biography

He furthered his training by attending various seminars and private lessons of Perico Sambeat, Javier Vercher, Dick Oatts, Dave Liebman, Bob Mintzer, Jerry Bergonzi, Bill Mc.Henry, Chris Cheek, Mark Turner, Walter Smith III and Seamus Blake.

Winner of the I Jazz Competition in Barcelona and the International Jazz Competition in Granada with his first album “Afinke“, in which he collaborated with Jordi Berni trio. Selected for the 2008 Catalan Jazz Tour, where he shared the bill with the Perico Sambeat trio in Paris and London, a finalist in the 2008 Getxo International Competition with Josep Tutusaus Sextet and 2nd prize in the “I Concurso Internacional de Jazz de Almería” in 2014 with “CJ Quintet“. In 2017 he received the prize “La Ruta del Jazz“, awarded by the digital culture company Núvol, for best jazz musician thanks to the launch of his first album as a leader Broken Line.

In 2018 he was selected to be part of Focusyear Band 19, a project promoted by the Musik Academie in Basel that follows the trail of great programs such as the World Music Institute at Berklee and the Monk Institute in Los Angeles. In it, musicians from all over the world are selected to be regularly conducted by world-renowned musicians such as Guillermo Klein, Dave Liebman, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Jorge Rossy, Dominique Girod, Ambrose Akinmusire, Jim Black, Billy Childs, Luciana Souza, Marilyn Mazur, Seamus Blake, Nils Wogram, John Hollenbeck, Norma Winston, Julian Lage and Django Bates. In 2019, Focusyear Band 19 won first prize in the “Keep an Eye International Jazz Competition” organised by the Amsterdam Conservatory.

He has collaborated with musicians such as Tom Harrell, Jorge Rossy, Doug Weiss, Vinicius Gomes, Joan Monné, Martín Leiton, Juan Galiardo, Lluís Vidal, Ernesto Aurignac, Jaume Llombart, Perico Sambeat, Roger Mas, Jordi Berni, Albert Vila, Joan Díaz, Giulia Valle, among others.  He teaches at the School of Music and the Taller de Músics in Barcelona.

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