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The Velez Brothers Band is the joined effort of Joan Velez (Sax), Cristian Velez (Bass, Perc.) and veteran Guitarrist and producer Charlie Gaspadarek. They are becoming one of the best acts in the smooth Jazz world with fresh music and fantastics performances.
Hailing from Puerto Rico, Joan started playing drums at the age of 11, but he took to the tenor sax about a year later. While a student at La Escuela Libre de Música, Early on, he was influenced by the musicians like David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum, Nelson Rangell, Michael Brecker, Ed Calle, Sade, Grover Washington and the rhythms of his homeland. In 1996, Joan enrolled at Universidad de Interamericana with a major in jazz performance while in the year 2000 he was awarded an “Outstanding Musicianship” Certificate by Berklee College. For his part, Christian started on percussion while also dabbling in guitar, trumpet and bass – by 16 he was playing professionally. Now Illinois based, the brothers Velez released their debut early in 2008 (Everything I Love) Follow by (Feel The Rain) in the 2009 and (European Seduction) in 2010.
During 2009 the veteran guitarist & producer Charlie Gaspadarek joined forces with the Velez Brothers and become a very crucial element in the sound and permanent member of the band.