Rebeca Mauleón is an internationally renowned musician, recording artist and educator specializing in Afro- Caribbean and Latin jazz music. She is the author of several acclaimed texts on Cuban music, including the recent book co-authored with legendary Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés entitled Decoding Afro-Cuban Jazz (Sher Music, 2018). Mauleón is professor of the Roots Jazz & American Music (RJAM) program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, tenured professor of Latin American music and Latin Jazz piano at City College of San Francisco, and is Director of Education at SFJAZZ (San Francisco Jazz Organization). As a pianist, Mauleón has recorded and performed with Tito Puente, Carlos Santana, Israel López “Cachao,”Joe Henderson and many others, in addition to leading her own ensembles. She is also an accomplished lecturer and clinician specializing in Latin American music and performance practice.