Efren Guzman Jr.

Efren Guzman Jr. was born in Mexico City. He attended the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City and began his early studies as a drummer with his father. He came to the United States as a scholarship student of Paul Guerrero (Stan Kenton’s drummer) and later studied at the University of North Texas, where he distinguished himself as a drummer and percussionist under the tutelage of Prof. Ed Soph, Dr. Robert Schietroma, and Randy Drake. He toured the US and Canada as a member of the Grammy-nominated “One O’clock” Jazz Band in 1991. He has recorded with artists such as Armando Manzanero, Placido Domingo, Arturo Castro, OV7, Edith Marquez, the Jarocho Project and Enrique Nery to name a few, and has been featured in live performances with Eugenia Leon, Alejandra Guzman, Andrea Bocelli, Steve Amerson and Emmanuel & Alejandro Fernandez, with whom Efren recorded his most recent DVD.

Today, he is the drummer of Mexican pop artist Reyli Barba and performed for the Latin-American Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada in November 2011. Mr. Guzman has also toured Europe and Japan as a drummer with the internationally-known Damaso Perez Prado Mambo Orquestra. His latest projects include a Jazz CD and DVD recording with guitarist Alvaro Torres, and he continues to be active in Jazz festivals in Mexico. Efren Guzman is sponsored by Gretsch Drums and Exodus Cymbals.

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