Colombian jazz pianist Carolina Calvache is part of the new generation of pianists and composers whose style blends South American rhythms with a contemporary jazz sound. Her participation in the 2011 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival for outstanding artists captured the attention of northeast audiences at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Legendary pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi describes her music as “marvelous.”
Carolina is a New York City-based pianist who has played and collaborated with musicians such as Antonio Sanchez, Jaleel Shaw, Michael Rodriguez, John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Ludwig Afonso, John Elis, Linda Oh, Hans Glawishing, Rodrigo Recabarren, Ross Pederson, Petros Klampanis, Uri Gurvish, Roman Filiu, Rodney Green, and Ricky Rodriguez, among others. Her debut album, Sotareño, released on Sunnyside Records in 2014, reﬂects the artist’s traditional roots from Colombia and the elements of modern jazz.
Carolina started her formal education at the Conservatory of Music Antonio Maria Valencia when she was six years old. She obtained her degree in Music with an emphasis in piano from Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia. Later, Carolina was given a full scholarship and started her jazz education at the University of North Texas where she was also given a fellowship to complete her Master’s Degree. While at UNT, she conducted and arranged for big band and one smaller ensemble called The Zebras. She also taught a jazz piano lab class. Carolina has participated in the Denton Arts Jazz Fest, Crested Butte Music Festival, Madison Music Festival, Colombian Encounter of Musicians in NYC, and the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, and was recently invited to perform as a guest artist at the Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro, Vermont.