Drum Specialist, B.Mus. Capilano University
Jesus was 12 years old when he started playing drums in Mexico. Pop rock was the genre he was most interested in and decided to learn all the songs from his favorite Mexican rock band. After four years, he decided to learn how to play metal. Iron Maiden, Metallica and Megadeth were the bands that influenced him most during that time.
As many musicians do, he kept getting better and better and wondered what else was there to learn? His father, who loves all kinds of music, introduced him progressive rock: bands like Dream Theater, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Brand X, Yes, King Crimson and more. He was amazed with all the different rhythms and time signatures that those bands so easily played.
When he was 22 years old he started taking private lessons with the great mentor in Mexico, Milo Tamez. Milo taught him almost everything about improvised music, from african music to contemporary jazz, and thanks to his teachings Jesus was able to apply to the Jazz Studies Program at Capilano University where he studied from 2010-2014. He got a Degree in Jazz Performance and acquired a wide range of skills, including how to play piano, the instrument on which he writes his compositions.
Ever since graduation, Jesus has been able to play in the lower mainland with many local musicians from diverse backgrounds. In June 2015, he released his first album, “28 Years” by Solo Picnic (found at the iTunes store, Google Play and CD Baby) which led to a gig at the Vancouver Jazz Festival where he played his original compositions.