Our Story

Carlos Alberto Santana is a musician and composer, originally from Mexico who migrated to Canada in 1998. He studied jazz with Juan Jose Calatayud in Mexico and Jan Jarczyk from McGill University in Montreal. Carlos has played in most popular festivals in the National Capital Region and recorded on different projects with Mighty Popo album "Muhazi" (Happy Rock Studio, 2007); Servantes album "Bluesy Andalucy" (Studio Champagne, 2009); CBC Live Radio 2, 2010 and Maria Has Lost her Soul (Rimbombante, 2012). In 2002 he founded of Latin Jazz Trio YA!. His major influences are Scott Joplin, Ernesto Lecuona, George Gershwin, Claude Bolling, Michel Camilo, Astor Piazzolla, Mario Ruiz Armengol and Chick Corea. Carlos Alberto is also an electrical engineer working for the IT sector in Ottawa, Ontario.

Carlos Alberto Jazz trio is integrated by two talented musicians: Angel Araos is a Chilean-born percussionist whose career has spanned classical, jazz, folk, Brazilian and Cuban music. He has performed widely in Canada and South America with numerous ensembles, winning a Juno award in the "world music" category as a member of the group "Ancient Cultures."; Daniel Chavolla studied percussion and double bass at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City, and composition with Humberto Hernandez Medrano. Worked as an additional musician on several Mexican orchestras, as well as a bass player with some jazz and popular music groups in Mexico.

In November 2015, Carlos Alberto presented his group at the National Art Centre in Ottawa, Canada. He had Alvaro de Minaya (Percussions) and Jasmin Lalande (Sax/Flute) as special guests.

On June 10th, 2016, Carlos Alberto Santana released his first CD "Oye Latino"!

The Jazz Trio is already working on their 2nd CD "La Azotea" to be released in 2020.