Carlos Jiménez, Trumpet is a Los Angeles based Musician that was born and raised in LA. Carlos grew up in a family that loves music. Carlos is thus far the first in the family to pursue the dream of playing music. He started playing trumpet in the 4th grade and has not stopped since. When he has that horn on his face there is no doubt in his love passion and dedication for the trumpet.
While growing up he self taught himself and learned a few things at school he did not receive private instruction until his junior year of high school because it was simply not in the family's budget. He attended Alexander Hamilton Senior High School Academy of Music, The Colburn Conservatory, Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Beyond the Bell LAUSD All City Jazz Band, He Marched three Tournament Of Roses Parades with the Allcity Honor Marching Band, The Los Angeles Jazz Society Bill Green Mentorship program, and a few others. Carlos loves to play all styles. He is extremely passionate about playing music and teaching. He is proficient in many styles (including jazz, pop, and latin) and teaches all ages. He will never hesitate to go to great lengths to help anyone and everyone he can in any way. Carlos believes that we are all capable of being great at everything and anything we set our minds to, “nothing is impossible it all comes down to how bad you want it and never taking your eyes off the goal.”
He has played and continues to play with some of LA's finest Latin, Jazz and top 40 groups. As well as with the Santa Monica College Symphony Orchestra. Carlos has had the privilege of Touring with groups such as La Sonora Santanera playing Trumpet with them for 6 years, Three tours with Melissa Manchester, Missus Jones and most recently with Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuellar, he has also had the pleasure of playing with The John Stephens Big Bluzz Band and The Jimmy Mcconnell Jazz Orchestra and had the great opportunity of sitting in with The Gerald Wilson Jazz Orchestra before Mr. Wilson passed on. Carlos has also done many studio recordings in the Los Angeles area in all genres. He also has had the privilege to back up artist such as Barbara Morrison, Patti Austin, Trumpet Legend Arturo Sandoval, Jimmy Borges, The Temptations, Bob Mintzer, Terrl Stafford, Ndugu Chancellor,Peter Erskin, Lee Secard, Sal Cracchiolo, Jeff Hamilton Chico Pinheiro as well as many others.
Along the way he's had the privilege of studying with some of the country's top called trumpet players such as Sal Cracchiolo, Gilbert Castellanos, Charley Davis, Robert Slack, Bobby Shew, Jim Wilt, Boyd Hood and Malcolm Mcnab.
He's Performed at many venues and jazz festivals such as The Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, The Lighthouse, Catalinas Bar and Grill, The Kodak Theater, The Microsoft Theater, The Central ave Jazz Festival, The Sabbath theater, The Hollywood House Of Blues and The Roxy theater, New York city, Newport Jazz festival,Dodger Stadium,Giant Stadium just to name a few.
Over the years Carlos Has developed himself to be an all around trumpet player being able to play all styles of music. “Growing up in Los Angeles I’ve been surrounded by music my whole life. Since I was very young I was always intrigued by the sound of music, I never thought I would suddenly have this raging fire inside of me for music.” Carlos continues to play with many groups and travel extensively on tours across the country.
Carlos Jimenez now holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Azusa Pacific University and is currently at Azusa Pacific University working towards a masters in trumpet performance.