Under the Spotlight

  • Favorite Color: Blue
  • Favorite artist/musician: Keith Jarrett
  • Birthday: December 29th
  • Favorite food: Seafood
  • Quote you live by: “Insist, persist, resist and never give up.”



Manuel has more than 15 years of experience playing with different international musicians such as: Nicolas Former, Paris Big Band Trompetist and Director, Pierre Beltrand, Paris Big Band Jazz Arranger, Dave Samuels, Caribbean Jazz Project Group   Vibraphonist, Andres Briceño, Simón Bolívar Big Band Jazz Venezuela Conductor and Drummer, Linda Briceño Simón Bolívar Big Band Jazz Venezuela Singer and Trumpet Player, Lorenzo Barriento, Bass Player, Ed Simon Pianist, Luis Perdomo, Pianist, Porfi Jiménez Big Band Jazz Venezuela Arranger and Director, Miguel Hernández Venezuelan Drummer and Yamaha Drum Image, Carlos Rodríguez Bassist and Yamaha Bass Image, Maricarmen Ravelo, Christian Singer, Luisito Quintero, Percussionist, Robert Quintero, Percussionist,  Ismael Miranda, Salsa Singer, Pablo Gil Venezuelan Saxophonist,  Ed Worf Trumpet Player and Conductor of New England Big Band Jazz, José “Patuo” Velásquez, Bassist, Iván Velásquez, drummer, Robert Vilera, Percussionist, Daniel Stable, Bassist, Ramses Colón, bassist and for long time Celia Cruz’s Director, Jessie Campos, Singer, María Rivas, Singer, between others.

His relevant qualifications also include his Diploma as a Pianist, Arranger, Composer and Conductor, evaluated by Gerry Weil for more than eleven (11) years of Academic Studies in his Musical Institute. Also of note is his most recent position as Principal Pianist for the Simón Bolívar Big Band Jazz in Venezuela from 2009 to 2011. In this role, Manuel was responsible for playing the piano as a principal pianist and impart his knowledge as a master class speaker as they toured across Venezuela. Since living in Miami, Manuel still receives many invitations to take part in the Simón Bolívar Big Band Jazz of Venezuela as a special guest pianist in these tours.