Julio Padrón, originally from Matanzas, Cuba, started playing the trumpet at the age of 9. He is recognized as one of the most promising jazz musicians coming out of Cuba. Julio started his artistic career with the renowned singer and multi-instrumentalist Bobby Carcassés. After making his debut with Chucho Valdes’ IRAKERE, Julio started developing his own repertoire and now has several recordings out as a leader. His music weaves jazz, classical and Afro-Cuban popular sounds into its fabric, which can be heard on his CD ‘Buenas Noticias’, which received 4 Stars in JazzTimes Magazine.