JUANGA LAKUNZA (Pamplona, Spain 1982)
Jazz trombone player based in NYC, completed his BM Degree in Jazz studies at Musikene-Basque Country (Spain) and his MM Degree in Jazz studies at Codarts-Rotterdam (The Netherlands).
He has studied with teachers as Bart van Lier, Ilja Reijngoud, Perico Sambeat and Toni Belenguer.
He has performed with various Jazz and Latin Jazz bands on the European scene and has participated in venues such as the North Sea Jazz Festival (NL), Donostia Heineken Jazzaldia (SP), Penang Island Jazz Festival (MY) , London-Ontario Sunfest (CA) and Havana Jazz Plaza (CU).
He has also recorded and performed with bands such as Lakunza Brothers, NJCU Big Band, Dave Chamberlain´s Band of Bones, Oscar Feldman Sextet, Holland Big Band, John Benitez Band, Xiomara Laugart, CaboCubaJazz , SOLJO, Luisito Quintero Project and he has shared the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Shew, Allan Harris, Antoinette Montague and Mercedes Ellington amongst others
As an educator he is part of ALJA ( Afro Latin Jazz Alliance) a music program created by big band leader and piano player Arturo O´Farrill that provides free music education for kids in NYC public schools.
In 2018 he has been awarded with a Full Scholarship by NJCU (New Jersey City University) where he is combining Master studies with a teaching position in the Jazz department.
In 2019 he will release his first Solo Album where he will be joined with jazz Masters such as John Benitez, Luis Perdomo or Oscar Feldman.