<p>Jocelyn</p> <p>Alvarez</p>



Performer & Educator

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Voted "Rising Star of the Year" and Runner up in the "Studio Percussionist" category in DRUM! Magazine’s 2009 Readers Poll, Jocelyn Alvarez is a young, proud Latina of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Jocelyn has an exciting, playing style and a deep musical knowledge, which allows her a wide ranging musical styles including Latin Jazz, Salsa, Hip-hop, Neo Soul, and Gospel.

Jocelyn began her musical instruction on piano, flute and vocals. It was then that she realized her true passion was percussion with a focus on hand percussion. Her early mentor, Jose Madera (Tito Puente’s bandleader), first introduced her to the Harbor Conservatory of the Performing Arts, a 26-year-old cultural landmark in New York City’s Spanish Harlem. There she studied with world-class Latin percussionists including George Delgado, Johnny Almendra among others. Jocelyn has a Music degree of which she majored in Music Performance. She is currently a freelance musician and dedicates her time passing on the gift of music through teaching in New York City and New Jersey.

Jocelyn has appeared on several different recording projects including commercials. Her long lists of performances include appearances at festivals, banquets, weddings and corporate events with clients such as North Fork Bank. She had the honor of performing at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall with other musicians from the Nyack School of Music. In more intimate settings, she's performed in small combos and alongside DJ's in small clubs and coffeehouses. Her talent, creativity, and dynamics make her an invaluable musician in group settings as well as a passionate solo performer.