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B i o g r a p h y

LJC - The Latin Jazz Collective (LJC) is a high energy, seven piece Latin Jazz ensemble that received a standing ovation from a full-house crowd at the 2017 and 2023 Monterey Jazz Festival. Led by percussionist John Nava, saxophonist Stu Reynolds, and drummer Martin Binder, the band creates a rich and eclectic blend of original compositions and highly acclaimed standard jazz arrangements steeped in authentic Latin rhythms. LJC members have shared the stage, recorded, and performed with the likes of Carlos Santana, Pete Escovedo, The Yellow Jackets,  Malo, Kim Stone (Rippingtons), Wayne Wallace, and many other well-respected artists from around the world. Members of LJC maintain active performance schedules as band leaders, arrangers, and music educators throughout the Central California Coast and Bay Areas. 

LJC Members:
John NavaCongas / Band Leader / Founder
Martin Binder Drums / Timbales / Co Founder
Kevin McCulloughPiano / Music Director / Arranger
Stu Reynolds - Saxophones
Steve Uccello - Bass
Brian Stock - Trumpet
Felix Diaz - Trumbone


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