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July 1, 2022 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM$10
In person & live stream
Born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, Javier grew up being immersed in the close-knit community and rich legacy of musicians in the Twin Cities. His parents were important members of this community. Santiago started playing piano at the age of 5, and was classically trained until he discovered his love of jazz music at the age of 11. In high school, he was a prominent player in the Twin Cities music scene.
In 2007, Javier was selected by the great Dave Brubeck and a panel of judges to be a part of the Brubeck Institute Fellowship program at the University of the Pacific in California. It was there that Javier was able to study with some of the greatest musicians in the world; Christian McBride, Robert Glasper, Nicholas Payton and Joshua Redman to name a few.
Along with being an accomplished pianist, Javier is also a prolific composer. His work is an eclectic blend of American music – ranging from Jazz and Blues all the way to Hip-Hop and Indie Rock and World music. Javier is also an educator, arranger and producer.