About/Members

        Kamarata Jazz was created by César Orozco in Venzuela back in 2006. The group was originally conceived as a quintet: piano, electric bass, drums, percussion and Venezuelan cuatro. Currently, they perform as a quintet but using a saxophone instead of the cuatro, or eventually also as a sextet including both, cuatro and saxophone. Kamarata Jazz mixes Venezuelan and Cuban traditional music with Jazz plus other genres such as flamenco, tango, and bossa nova. The core of the repertoire is based on some of the Orozco’s original compositions, as well as innovative versions of well-known Venezuelan and Cuban pieces from the traditional repertoire. The project summarizes the musical background and extensive influences that Orozco has developed after living in three different countries with strong musical cultures such as Cuba, Venezuela and now, USA.

  • Rodner Padilla (Bassist)

    His work has been reviewed in several specialized bass and music magazines such as “Musico Pro” (Colorado, USA), “Bass Musician Magazine” (Washington, USA), and “La Dosis” (Caracas, Venezuela), among others. He co-produced and performed the 2014 Latin Grammy Winner Album, “De Repente”, by his former group, C4 Trio + Rafael “El Pollo” Brito. His intense activity as session bass player has led him to settle in the United States, specifically in the city of Miami, since January 2014, where, in a short time he has had become one of the most in-demand bassist of the area. Padilla has performed with some of the most important Venezuelans and international artists such as Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Rubén Blades, Paris Jazz Big Band, Franco de Vita, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Luis Enrique, Dave Samuels, Yordano, Ilan Chester, Pedro Eustache, Gerry Weil, Huáscar Barradas, Ralph Irizarri, Rafael "el Pollo" Brito, Aquiles Báez, Alfredo Naranjo y “El Guajeo”, Gualberto Ibarreto, César Orozco & Kamarata Jazz, José Luis Quintana “Changuito”, Maria Rivas, Marcos Yaroide, and the international musical shows Venezuela Viva and Orinoco among many others.
  • Gaby Vivas (Bassist)

    Born in El Paso, Texas in 1969 and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Gabriel Vivas began his career as a bass player at the age of 17. In 1990 he moved to Florida and attended The University of Miami where he received his B.A. in Studio Music and Jazz Performance. Since then he has worked with many artists including legendary Tito Puente, Claudio Roditi, Dave Valentin, Pancho Cespedes, Sammy Figueroa, Patato Valdez, Shakira, Chayanne, Othello Molineux, Nestor Torres, Ilan Chester, Antonio Adolfo, and has been touring with Yanni around the world since 2008. Currently you can see Gabriel on the 2016 Yanni US Dream tour. In 2007 Gabriel Vivas was grammy nominated in the Latin Jazz category for his collaboration as a writer and producer for Sammy Figueroa's album entitled "The Magician." Based in New York, Gabriel Vivas records and performs both the acoustic and electric basses and has written and produced two solo albums: "Low Registers" (2006) and "Ninth Life" (acoustic project 2012).
  • Pablo Bencid (Drums)

    Grammy nominated drummer Pablo Bencid was seven years old when he began his musical studies in Caracas, Venezuela at the Emil Friedman school. There he studied cello, Venezuelan cuatro, flute, Afro-Venezuelan percussion, harmony, ear training and sang in the school choir. In 1994, Pablo was awarded a scholarship from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with honors, drum performance degree (cum laude). Since that time, Pablo has been performing to large and appreciative audiences around North, Central and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Virgin Islands and Australia. Pablo has mastered a variety of styles such as Latin-Jazz, Jazz, Latino, Afro-Venezuelan Rythms, Brazilian, World Music, Funk and Rock. Based in New York and among the most in demand drummers in the city, he currently holds the drum chair for Cesar Orozco and Kamarata Jazz, Gonzalo Grau and "La Clave Secreta", Samuel Torres, The Either Orchestra, Labeque Sisters, Leo Blanco, amongst many other artists. Pablo plays Zildjian cymbals and Vic Firth sticks exclusively.
  • Francisco Vielma (Percussion)

    Francisco (Fran) Vielma is a Venezuelan multi-percussionist specializing in Venezuelan rhythms and drums. In addition to being an in demand performer, Fran is also a composer, arranger, and educator. In his compositions, he fuses Venezuelan rhythms with jazz elements and concert music. He has received multiple awards and honors. He is currently working in his debut album: “Fran Vielma and his Venezuelan Jazz Collective, ” featuring some of the most important Venezuelan and Latin American jazz players of today’s scene. He also leads the Venezuelan Jazz Orchestra, and is a producer/teacher of a biannual jazz seminar at The Andes University in his home country. Vielma holds a Master in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music, both world-renowned institutions based in Boston, MA. He is an adjunct faculty of the Music Department at Salem State University in MA, and an active member of Kamarata Jazz, a contemporary Cuban-Venezuelan jazz ensemble led by pianist Cesar Orozco.
  • Troy Roberts (Saxophone)

    Hailing from the remote location of Perth, West Australia, saxophonist and composer Troy Roberts has received numerous awards including 3 consecutive DownBeat Jazz Soloist Awards and 2 consecutive West Australian Music Industry Awards, a Grammy Nomination medal, and was the only Australian semi-finalist in the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Graduating with a Bachelor of Music at the young age of 19, he has performed around Europe and the US extensively with artists such as James Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Sammy Figueroa, Dave Douglas, Orrin Evans and Kurt Elling to name a few, and also completed a Masters Degree at The University of Miami. In 2012, he shared the stage in an international septet comprised of jazz giants Wayne Shorter, Richard Bona, Vinnie Colaiuta and Zakir Hussein for Herbie Hancock’s launch of the first ever International Jazz Day at The UN General Assembly Hall. More recently he was also part of Hancock’s 2014 International Jazz Day held at Osaka Castle Park, Japan, sharing the stage with jazz luminaries such as Gregory Porter, Marcus Miller, Roy Hargrove, Esperanza Spaulding, Sheila E, John Scofield and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Troy is based in New York City, continues to maintain a busy performance and recording schedule around the globe, and is currently celebrating his 6th record as a leader, Secret Rhymes (Inner Circle Music).
  • Antonio Orta (Saxophone)

    Born in Ponce and raised in Guánica, Antonio Luis Orta has been a freelance saxophonist in his native Puerto Rico where he collaborated with some of the most prominent popular music artists from the island, such as Gilberto Santa Rosa, Olga Tañón, Bobby Valentin, Luis Perico Ortiz and Menudo. Later on he moved to the Dallas-Ft. Worth metropolitan area, Miami-Ft.Lauderdale metropolitan area, and Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, where he has also worked as a freelance musician. Has performed with Jimmy Heath, Poncho Sanchez, Ignacio Berroa, David Liebman, Bob Mintzer, Paquito d' Rivera, Michele Camilo, Giovanni Hidalgo, Joe Lovano and Kurt Elling and Arturo Sandoval. Since 2000 he has been the lead alto saxophonist of The U.S. Army Blues, the premier jazz ensemble of the U.S. Army. With them he has performed in some of the most important jazz festivals in the country and has also accompanied many well-known jazz artists such as Randy Brecker, Bobby Caldwell, Bob Curnow, John Clayton, Freddie Cole, Buddy DeFranco, John Fedchock, Wycliffe Gordon, Tim Hagans, Slide Hampton, Conrad Herwig, Clay Jenkins, Paul McKee, Joe Morello, Chris Potter, Adam Rapa, John Riley, Marlena Shaw, Ed Soph, Terrell Stafford, John Swana, Chris Vadala, Bill Watrous, Scott Whitfield, Patrick Williams, Peter Erskine, Andy Martin and Phil Wilson.