SOUNDCLOUD PLAYER/ENJOY!!!!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

“BELLE FOUNDATION FOR CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT” GRANT!!!

I would like to publicly acknowledge and thank the “Belle Foundation for Cultural Development” for the Individual Grant that they so graciously granted me today. It will be a big help in making both my Trio/Quartet recording and my “All Vocals” CD project a reality. I am proud of this recognition and encouraged to continue to pursuit my artistic vision. Thank you! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203244342053487&set=a.1212306951952.32642.1357136137&type=1&theater

Saturday, December 28, 2013

"LUZ" BEST LATIN JAZZ CD OF THE YEAR 2013!!!!



'LUZ" BEST LATIN JAZZ CD OF THE YEAR 2013!!

I just found out that noted Jazz journalist W Royal Stokes, in his "Best of…"  list, published a week ago in the "Jazz Journalists Association" website, named "LUZ" "THE BEST LATIN JAZZ CD OF THE YEAR 2013".  A great way to end of the year.  Once again, my very special thanks to everyone who participated in the creation of the "LUZ" project.  We all, as a wonderful team, did it!    Un abrazo!!!!!

http://members.jazzjournalists.org/2013Best?mode=PostView&bmi=1461325

SUMPTUOUSLY PRODUCED, BEAUTIFULLY EDITED, ELEGANTLY VIRTUOSIC AND ENTIRELY ORIGINAL!!

The latest review of "LUZ", this one by Daniel Kepl on "CASA MAGAZINE"

Monday, November 11, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

THE LATEST "LUZ" CD REVIEW-LATINO MAGAZINE-FALL 2013!

"Those thirsting for something new can't miss with this latest masterwork from Muñoz" Mark Holston Latino Magazine!

Friday, August 23, 2013

ThE DeaD MaN LIVE AT THE MARQUEE-SANTA BARBARA, CA!

THE NEW LUIS MUNOZ QUARTET AT REHEARSAL 8/19/13

Daniel Zimmerman on guitars, Branden Statom on Acoustic bass, Jonathan Dane on Trumpet and Flugelhorn and Luis Muñoz, composer, Arranger, Drums, Melodica and Alto Flute.  We will be performing the second thursday of every month at "The Marquee"  In Santa Barbara, CA.  A new CD is in the works. Hope to see you!

Friday, July 5, 2013

TONIGHT, "ThE DeaD MaN" LIVE AT RED'S IN SANTA BARBARA!



Today, Friday, July 5, starting at 7:00 PM, we will continue to celebrate Independence Day at Red’s Wine Bar in Santa Barbara, with the Psychedelic Jazz sounds of “ThE DeaD MaN(Daniel Zimmerman on electric guitar, Brendan Statom on acoustic bass, Luis Muñoz on drums) offering their original music for free to friends, family and strangers.  RED'S: 211 Helena Ave.  Santa Barbara, CA 93101.  (805)966-5906

Friday, March 8, 2013

NEW "LUZ" CD REVIEW, BY JOSEF WOODARD!!/ "LUZ" is an understated celebration of light and lightness, and a fine addition to Mr. Muñoz's impressive body of recorded work." Josef Woodard/The News-Press.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

LUIS MUNOZ-THE MAKING OF "LUZ" 2013 FOR MORE INFO: WWW.LUISMUNOZ.NET
LUIS MUNOZ JAZZ QUINTET LIVE AT FIA 2012-COSTA RICA

Saturday, December 8, 2012

VIDEO FROM MY "LUZ" CD-INVISIBLE

From my brand new CD "LUZ", (to be released on 1/15/13), this is "Invisible" featuring Adam Asarnow on piano, Tom Etchart on acoustic bass, Jonathan Dane on muted cornet, Bill Flores on pedal steel guitar and Luis Muñoz as composer, drums and additional piano. For more info: www.luismunoz.net luismunozmusic@cox.net http://luisjournal.blogspot.com/

Monday, November 26, 2012

GREAT NEWS: My new CD "LUZ" will be available for downloads on December 1st, 2013. Physical CDs will be out on January 15th, 2013.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

"LUZ" RELEASE DATE: 1/15/13!!!! YOU CAN PRE ORDER OR DOWNLOAD!!!


Dear friends, Just a quick reminder that my new "LUZ" CD will be released worldwide on January 15, 2013. However you can order your copy before that. Visit my official website for more details: www.luismunoz.net Also, GREAT NEWS!!!!!! On December 1st, "LUZ" will be available everywhere (CDBaby, ITunes, Amazon, etc) just for downloading (No "physical records" till 1/15/13) in time for the Holiday Season!!!

Thursday, November 8, 2012


LUIS MUNOZ LIVE IN CONCERT IN GOLETA, CA 11/10/12 AT 7:30 PM At this special Song Tree concert, Luis will be joined by an all-star band: George Friedenthal on piano, Narciso Sotomayor on acoustic guitar, Tom Etchart on acoustic bass, Jonathan Dane on trumpet, with Luis on drums, melodica and alto flute. The Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation 820 N. Fairview Avenue, Goleta, California 93117 For more info: Concerts@SongTree.org

Friday, September 21, 2012


It is with great pride that I announce ArteCR Producciones, S. A. as my new Management/Booking Agency. ArteCR Producciones, S.A. Lic. Laura Jiménez Tassara/Executive Director 1056-2070 San José, Costa Rica Central America http://www.artecrproducciones.net/ info@artecrproducciones.net Ph:011(506)8316-0587 Ph/Fax: 1-(805)569-1257

Thursday, September 6, 2012

"LUZ' KICKSTARTER PROJECT RELAUNCHING HAVING GREAT SUCCESS!

"LUZ" RELAUNCHING HAVING GREAT SUCCESS!! Update #25 · Sep. 06, 2012 · comment edit this post Dear friends, I am very happy to let you know that the relaunching of the "LUZ" Kickstarter project is having great success so far. We've reached the 70% mark of our goal. However, we still have a long way to go, which means we still really need your help in order to succeed. As you may know Kickstarter works on a "all or nothing" basis, meaning that if we do not reach our goal within the next 3 weeks, the project won't be funded and all the money gathered so far will be returned to the original donors. So, please share and pledge. The link for the new version of "LUZ" is: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/192401587/luz-a-new-cd-by-costa-rican-composer-luis-munoz ¡Muchas gracias!!!!!!

Thursday, June 14, 2012


Queridos amigos, estaré compartiendo con todos ustedes la letra de mis nuevas canciones pertenecientes a mi próximo CD "LUZ", que saldrá al mercado a fin de año. Para ver todas las letras, pueden visitar mi blog en www.luisbook.blogspot.com

Dear friends, from time to time I will be sharing with all of you the lyrics from my new CD "LUZ", to be released at the end of the year. To view all lyrics, please visit my blog at www.luisbook.blogspot.com

TESTAMENTO-MAS ALLA

Dejo en tu vientre, barcos de papel
Miel en tus labios y un pétalo en tu red
Y en tus entrañas, el recuerdo
De nuestra historia, de nuestra historia

El más allá de un horizonte azul
Todos los campos y la flor del jasmín
Once suspiros y la espuma
Sobre las olas, sobre las olas

Dejo el agua y la sed
La esperanza, mi alma y mi piel
Dejo la imaginación
El silencio y una canción

Dejo la cima y la profundidad
Dejo el instante, dejo la eternidad
Dejo mi barca, mi centella
Y en tus pupilas miles de estrellas
Y en tus verdes pupilas, miles de estrellas.

Copyright Luis Muñoz/Pelin Music 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS FIA 2012/COSTA RICA!


Dear friends,

It is with great joy that I announce my participation in the International Festival of the Arts, FIA 2012, in San José, Costa Rica. This will be my group’s first presentation in my homeland, in almost 20 years. We will be performing on Friday, March 23, at 8:00 PM, at the “Auditorio Nacional”. A possible second performance will take place on Wednesday, March 28, at a new venue belonging to the Universidad Latina, at the Paseo Colón, In San José.

I will be traveling with my fellow band mates Jonathan Dane on trumpet, Tom Etchart on bass, George Friedenthal on piano and Narciso Sotomayor on guitar. Several dear Costa Rican musicians, will be collaborating with us, among them Checko D’Avila, Edín Solís and others. I am really looking forward to sharing my music with old friends and family once again! Hope to see you all!!!

http://www.festivaldelasartes.go.cr/">

Friday, January 20, 2012

ETTA JAMES DIES


The great singer Etta james died. I had the opportunity to hang and perform with her for awhile in the late 70's. She was a powerful, soulful performer! RIP!

Monday, January 16, 2012

SANTA BARBARA JAZZ SOCIETY CONCERT 1/15/12!


Performing, away from the drums, new music from the upcoming "
LUZ" CD during our concert for the Santa barbara Jazz Society on 1/15/12.

Monday, January 9, 2012

THE SANTA BARBARA JAZZ SOCIETY PRESENTS: LUIS MUNOZ QUINTET LIVE!


THE SANTA BARBARA JAZZ SOCIETY PRESENTS: LUIS MUNOZ QUINTET LIVE! At SOhO Restaurant and Music Venue
1221 State St. Suite 205, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. We will be poerforming music from his next CD "LUZ", with George Friedenthal on piano, Jonathan Dane on trumpet, Tom Etchart on bass and Narciso Sotomayor on guitar! For more info: http://www.sbjazz.org/

Sunday, December 25, 2011

NEXT GIG:1/15 12 AT 1:00 PM SANTA BARBARA JAZZ SOCIETY CONCERT!





"Our first performance of the new year". On Sunday, January 15, 2012, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, we will be performing at Soho Music Club (1221 State Street, in Santa Barbara), as part of the monthly Santa Barbara Jazz Society gathering. Everyone welcome! We will be playing some music from our upcoming "LUZ" CD. With Tom Etchart on bass, George Friedenthal on piano, Jonathan Dane on trumpet, Narciso Sotomayor on guitar and yours truly on drums, flute and melodica. Hope to see you!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

ARTICLE IN COSTA RICAN NEWSPAPER "LA REPUBLICA"

http://www.larepublica.net/app/cms/www/index.php?pk_articulo=52486">
Mi amigo Tomás Nassar, a quien no veo desde que nos graduamos juntos del colegio Calasanz, escribió esta columna, publicada hoy en el periódico costarricense "La República". ¡Gracias Tomás !
My old friend Tomás Nassar, whom I haven't seen since we graduated from High School wrote this article which was published this morning in the Costa Rican newspaper "La República". Thanks Tomás!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

NEXT CONCERT: Saturday, November 12 at 8:00 PM


NEXT CONCERT: Saturday, November 12 at 8:00 PM, along with the Gove County String Quartet, at the Piano Kitchen, 430 Rose Ave in Santa Barbara.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

RADIO INTERVIEW ON "THE COLOR OF JAZZ" THIS SUNDAY!!


This Sunday I will be doing a live radio interview,along with my Bro. Narciso Sotomayor, on "The Color of Jazz" program, with hostess Donna Whittington. We'll be chatting for two hours about my music, our band, the upcoming "Luz" CD, Jazz and music in general. I will keep you posted. For more info, visit :
http://www.LiveStream.com/TheColorOfJazz">

Monday, September 26, 2011

SECOND RECORDING SESSION FOR MY NEW CD "LUZ".


My new CD "LUZ" will be recorded at Playback, Beagle and Pelin Music Studios. 10 new compositions! I have been able to gather an amazing group of musicians for this project, among them, my fellow band members George Friedenthal on piano, Narciso Sotomayor on guitar, Tom Etchart on bass, Brad Dutz on percussion and Jonathan Dane on trumpet, (thanks guys), plus Adam Asarnow on keys, Bill Flores on Pedal Steel Guitar, singers Perla Batalla and Teka Penteriche, and a dozen more artists. I will keep you all posted on our progress...

Friday, August 12, 2011

LIVE AT REDS!


Today, Saturday, September 24th, from 6 to 8:00 PM, live at REDS with Dan Zimmerman on guitar and Brandon Statom on bass. Hope you can make it!!!!

REDS
211 Helena Avenue
Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2319
(805) 966-5906

Friday, July 29, 2011

First recording session for "LUZ"/7/29/11


First recording session for my upcoming "LUZ" CD, today with NYC pianist and old friend Adam Asarnow.

Monday, June 20, 2011

NEXT PERFORMANCE/SATURDAY JULY 30!


NEXT CONCERT: THE YELLOW HOUSE CONCERTS: Saturday July 30th, at 7:00 PM. Ridah Omri's (owner of the wonderful Jazz Hall) concert series, this time, in a beautiful. intimate venue in the Santa Barbara hills. (The address will be giving to you once you purchase tickets). We'll be presenting music from our award winning CD "Invisible" (Jazz Composer of the Year), plus songs from our upcoming "Luz" CD. Hope to see you.

TO PURCHASE TICKETS, GO TO: http://www.yellowhouseconcerts.com/Calendar_&_Tickets/Entries/2011/7/30_An_Evening_with_Luis_Munoz.html/

Friday, June 3, 2011

RADIO INTERVIEW ON "COOL JAZZ CONVERSATIONS"!



This coming Monday, June 6, at 7:00 PM Eastern time, I will be a guest on "Cool Jazz Conversations" with Trish Hennessey and Joyce Hall, on Blog Talk Radio, .
www.blogtalkradio.com/CoolJazzConversations
Hope you can join us!!
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/CoolJazzConversations">

ACAM AWARD/PREMIO ACAM


I got the award: Jazz Composer/Author of the Year 2011 in Costa Rica by ACAM (Association of Musical Authors and Composers), for my work on my 2010 "INVISIBLE" CD.
Me gané el premio ACAM (Asociación de Compositores y Autores Musicales)Compositor/Autor de Jazz del Año 2011, por mi trabajo realizado en el CD "Invisible".

Thursday, May 5, 2011

NOMINATION FOR JAZZ COMPOSER OF THE YEAR 2011!


I am proud to announce my nomination for Jazz Composer/Author of the Year 2011 by ACAM (Association of Musical Authors and Composers), for my work on my 2010 "INVISIBLE" CD.

Anuncio la nominación recibida esta mañana, de parte de ACAM (Asociación de Compositores y Autores Musicales), como Compositor/Autor de Jazz del Año 2011, por mi trabajo realizado en el CD "Invisible". La ceremonia de entrega de premios se llevará a cabo en el Teatro Melico Salazar, en San Jose, CR, el 30 de Mayo.

http://www.nacion.com/2011-05-05/Entretenimiento/NotaPrincipal/Entretenimiento2767631.aspx/

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

NEW "INVISIBLE" REVIEW: GERMAN PUBLICATION "JAZZDIMENSIONS"


A new review of my latest CD "INVISIBLE", this one on the German "JazzDimensions" publication. Is it a good one? A rotten one? I have no idea :-)
Esta semana salió una nueva reseña de mi CD "Invisible". Esta, en la publicación alemana "JazzDimensions". ¿Les habrá gustado la música o no? No tengo ni idea de lo que dicen :-) Ich spreche Deutsch nicht. Ayuda, alguien que hable alemán!!!
http://www.jazzdimensions.de/reviews/jazz/2011/luis_munoz_invisible.html/

Saturday, March 12, 2011

LOIS' PHOTOS/ IN CONCERT


A nice gallery of photos of Luis Munoz Jazz Sextet live at Soho last night, by the wonderful photographer and dear friend Lois!

https://picasaweb.google.com/lotipix/LuisSohoGig#/

Saturday, March 5, 2011

POLENTA WITH MUSHROOMS


Last night's dinner: Three kinds of mushrooms with shallots, garlic, lemon thyme, white wine, rosemary and parsley, over creamy polenta with lots and lots of Parmigiano-Reggiano!!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

NEXT PERFORMANCE: MARCH 10 AT 7:00 PM IN SANTA BARBARA, CA.


Próxima Presentación/Next Performence: Soho Club (1221 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA. (805) 962-7776), on Thursday, March 10, at 7:00 PM

Friday, February 18, 2011

LUIS MUNOZ JAZZ SEXTET TOMORROW LIVE AT "MY FLORIST" IN VENTURA, CA!


Luis Muñoz Jazz Sextet next performance: TOMORROW SATURDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2011, from 7 to 10:00 PM at "My Florist" 76 South Oak St. in Ventura, CA. Featuring Jonathan Dane on trumpet, Brad Dutz on percussion and marimba, Tom Etchart on bass, George Friedenthal on piano and Narciso Sotomayor on guitar. For more info: (805)653-0003. Concert is FREE!!! Hope to see you!