Rebeca Mauleón

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Rebeca Mauleón

Currently the Director of Education at SFJAZZ, Rebeca Mauleón is an internationally acclaimed musician, bandleader, composer, producer, author and educator. As a pianist, Mauleón follows a long-standing tradition of Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz performers, and her expertise in Afro-Caribbean and Latin American music places her at the forefront of the musicological community, resulting in a multidimensional career spanning nearly four decades. 

From her recording and performing work with an array of GRAMMY-winning legends, including Tito Puente, Carlos Santana, Steve Winwood, Joe Henderson and Mickey Hart, to her diverse compositional projects (ranging from symphonic works and Afro-Cuban jazz to music for film, television and computer software companies), and her critically-acclaimed recordings, books and articles, Mauleón has carved a distinct niche as one of the most multi-faceted artists on the world music scene. 

She is the author of the critically acclaimed Salsa Guidebook and 101 Montunos, and is also a freelance writer for music industry magazines including Keyboard, Bass Player, Mix Magazine and others. In 2018, she co-authored the celebrated Decoding Afro-Cuban Jazz with Cuban piano legend Chucho Valdés. Rebeca’s compositional awards include Meet the Composer’s prestigious New Residencies Award, the Sundance Composers’ Fellowship, and a commission by the Oakland East Bay Symphony. In 2008, she was honored by the San Francisco Jazz Festival with its Beacon Award for artistic excellence and dedication to the community, and she was appointed Director of Education at SFJAZZ in 2011. In 2009, Rebeca received a Latin GRAMMY nomination for her production of Orestes Vilató’s It’s About Time. She is professor of music history and leads the Latin Jazz Ensemble at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Roots, Jazz, & American Music (RJAM) program, a tenured professor of Latin American music and jazz piano at City College of San Francisco, and a sought-after lecturer and clinician on the subject of Latin American and Afro-Caribbean music history and performance.