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"Drummer Sylvia Cuenca might not be as publicly recognized as other sisters of the skins, such as Terri Lynne Carrington or Cindy Blackman, but she deserves to be. Equally creative behind a big band (like Frank Foster's Loud Minority) or in a small group context, she is probably best known for her extended association with Jazzmaster Clark Terry." --Cadence Magazine

San Jose native Sylvia Cuenca is known for the energy and versatility of her drumming. A graduate of San Jose City College, Sylvia moved to New York at the age of 21 to pursue a career in music. One of her first gigs after arriving in New York was a European tour with tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, which led to a four-year long stint as the drummer in his group. Since then, Sylvia has performed with a long list of prominent jazz artists, including Gary Bartz, George Cables, Jimmy Heath, Joshua Redman, and Nicholas Payton. Perhaps Cuenca's most significant collaboration so far has been her long association with trumpet icon Clark Terry. She has performed with Terry in the most prestigious international venues, and has taken the opportunity to learn from a true master of jazz. Sylvia also leads her own ensembles in and around New York, including a trio with guitarist Dave Stryker and organist Kyle Koehler, which can be heard on her most recent album, Exit 13 (Etoile Records).


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