Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Carli Muñoz is a jazz pianist whose music of choice was jazz, European avant-garde and American pop music. From 1970 through 1981, Muñoz toured with the Beach Boys, playing Hammond B3 and piano. Devoting himself to jazz for the past three decades, Carli has recorded and performed with notable jazz artists, with past CDs including Both Sides Now (2003) with bassist Eddie Gómez, drummer Joe Chambers and flutist Jeremy Steig and Maverick (2005) with Eddie Gómez, drummer Jack DeJohnette, Don Byron on clarinet and David Sánchez on tenor sax. In 2013, Carli released a CD in the pop rock genre, In My Soul, in memory of Carl Wilson and Dennis Wilson.
Follow Me (Sept. 2018) is an ambitious mix of world music, blues, rock and pop, with jazz at its foundation, and a call to action inspired by the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, Wangari Maathai. Recalling sophisticated sounds that one might hear on a Steely Dan or a Sting album, Follow Me features Muñoz’s trademark virtuosic, exuberant piano playing and incorporates lush strings and horn arrangements as well as fine contributions from Muñoz’s Grammy-winning bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Billy Drummond, along with another 30 or so musicians and singers.
Carlie says, "I see this recording as an opportunity to open hearts, inspire and spread a message of peace and awareness."
Links to Music, Video and Bio:
Video ~ Who is Carli Muñoz?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0baP9N2rhyo
The Making of Wangari Maathai From Follow Me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBDhZ0WD6TI
Billboard Magazine Article (9-24-18) ~ “Carli Muñoz Talks Recording In Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria Hit, Shares 'Wangari Maathai': https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/8476527/carli-munoz-wangari-maathai-follow-me
Forbes (10-16-18) ~ Video Premiere: Carli Muñoz Talks 'Wangari Maathai' And Puerto Rico Recovery: https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevebaltin/2018/10/16/video-premiere-carli-munoz-talks-wangari-maathai-and-puerto-rico-recovery/#7c61d5242ac3
Soundcloud ~ Follow Me (full songs): https://soundcloud.com/carlimunoz
Both Sides Now ~ Full Album with Eddie Gomez (b), Jeremy Steig (flute), Joe Chambers (d): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ1_TwFWhsc&index=1&list=OLAK5uy_kpRLZUkGTldgzoEaNcp3DrsxZ39wZ6m-I
IMER SANTIAGO, a Lorain, Ohio native, first began playing trumpet in the 5th grade in the Lorain City Schools District. After high school, Imer attended The Ohio State University, where he earned Bachelor’s degrees in both Jazz Studies (June 1999) & Atmospheric Sciences (June 2000). At OSU, Imer studied under several great teachers, including trumpet master, Pharez Whitted, & Jazz Studies Chair, Dr. Ted McDaniel. He then moved to “The Crescent City” and continued his education at The University of New Orleans, where he studied under the late trumpeter Clyde Kerr, Jr., Preservation Hall’s Wendell Brunious, and renowned pianist & educator, Ellis Marsalis. Santiago concluded his graduate program with an independent study of the music of Louis Armstrong & Earl Hines (under Marsalis), and received his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies in December 2000.
Since his college days, Imer has had the opportunity to tour, perform, and record with various artists, such as Salvador, Jaci Velasquez, Kirk Franklin, TobyMac, & Group One Crew. Santiago, who is quadralingual (English, Spanish, French, & Portuguese), feels equally at home stylistically, whether performing Jazz, Latin Jazz, Salsa, Merengue, Funk, Gospel, or even Orchestral literature.