In 2012 I had the pleasure of chatting with Rebeca Mauleon–a Bay Area music legend and currently director of education for the San Francisco Jazz.
Rebeca Mauleon spent her youth hanging out at Mission Cultural Center absorbing Afro-Caribbean music and arts. With the support of her family and the Bay Area music community she has emerged as an internationally acclaimed musician, bandleader, composer, GRAMMY-nominated producer and educator as well as author and reviewer. As a pianist Mauleon 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 over three decades.
Rebeca’s hard-rocking approach to the piano and her high-energy musical direction have been dubbed “visceral” (Billboard Magazine), “fiery” (Utne Reader), and critics have lauded her as “one of the hippest band-leaders in Latin music today” (Allmusic).
I can’t wait for you to check out her interview when it appears in “The Last Mambo.” Stay tuned for more on Rebeca and the opening of the new home of San Francisco Jazz.