Drummer and composer JUAN PASTOR studied classical music at the Concervatorio Nacional de Lima and percussion under the tutelage of Eusebio Sirio “Pititi,” master of Afro-Peruvian percussion. With his commitment to jazz, Juan moved to Chicago to study at Northern Illinois University where he received a Bachelor of Music and was part of the top jazz ensemble under the direction of Ronald Carter, later earning his M.M. from DePaul University, studying under Dana Hall. Juan has played jazz festivals all over the world, from the North Sea Jazz Festival, The Lima Jazz Fest, Nicaraguan Jazz Fest to the IAJE in New York, The Chicago Jazz Festival, and more. He has performed with notable recording artists such as Howard Levy, Jimmy Heath, Fareed Haque, Patricia Barber, Ryan Cohan, The Chicago Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble CALJE, Ian Torres Big Band, Marquis Hill, and Victor Garcia. Currently an adjunct music faculty member at Benedictine University and a percussion instructor for the After-School Partnership Program at DePaul University, he was commissioned by Elmhurst College to write a piece for the percussion ensemble. The piece, Tiene Picante, integrates traditional rhythms from Peru with a more traditional percussion flavor. Juan describes his band, CHINCHANO, as “folk-music upbringing in Lima meets the fast-paced Chicago jazz scene,” reflecting his “experience as a curious Peruvian musician being joined by some of Chicago's finest Jazz musicians to perform the music from my life experience.” Drummer, composer, and bandleader JUAN, is joined by STU MINDEMAN, piano and composition; PATRICK MULCAHY, bass; RICH MOORE, alto saxophone; and TITO CARRILLO, trumpet.

Website: http://www.juanpastormusic.com