As part of the 2017 season, Roland Vazquez and his Quintet headlined Amity Blues in January.
Originally from California, composer/drummer ROLAND VAZQUEZ decided to become a musician at a performance by the Mongo Santamaria Band in 1963. Soon after high school, he began working as a drummer with R&B and rock bands in and around L.A. He began the study of music at Pasadena City College and, while working mostly with touring R&B bands, he eventually completed his Bachelor of Music at Westminster College in Utah (75). Back in LA, he began composing for his first jazz fusion band – eventually forming the “Urban Ensemble” (76). As a member of Clare Fischer’s all-star band “Salsa Picante” (78-81), he played on that groups Grammy winning “Salsa Picante 2+2.”
Students and instructors from Base Station 68 performed during a night of cool jazz and a 3-5 course tasting menu.