Colombian jazz pianist Carolina Calvache, is part of the new generation of pianist and composers whose style blends South American rhythms with a contemporary jazz sound. Her participation in 2011 Mary Lou Williams woman in jazz festival for outstanding artists, brought the attention of the North east audiences at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Legendary pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi described her music as “ Marvelous”. Carolina is a New York City based pianist who has played and collaborated with musicians such as Antonio Sanchez, Jaleel Shaw, Michael Rodriguez, John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Ludwig Afonso, John Elis, Linda Oh, Hans Glawishing, Rodrigo Recabarren, Ross Pederson, Petros Klampanis, Uri Gurvish, Roman Filiu, Rodney Green, Ricky Rodriguez, among others.
Her Debut album Sotareño, released on Sunny Side Records in 2014, reflects the artist traditional roots from Colombia and the elements of modern jazz. Calvache started her formal education at the Conservatory of Music Antonio Maria Valencia when she was 6 years old. She obtained her degree in Music with emphasis in piano from Universidad del Valle in Cali,Colombia. Later, Carolina was given a full scholarship and started her jazz education in the University of North Texas where she was also given a fellowship to complete her Master’s Degree. While at UNT, she conducted and arranged for big band and one smaller ensemble called The Zebras. She also taught a jazz piano lab class. Calvache has participated in several festivals including Denton Arts Jazz Fest, Crested Butte Music Festival,Madison music festival, Colombian encounter of musicians in NYC, Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, and was recently invited to perform as guest Artist at Vermont jazz Centre in Brattleboro, Vermont.