NATIAO Latin Jazz Change and Innovation Through Diversity
A review of the history of influencers of mainstream Latin Jazz and how diversity has created change and innovation. The power of the individual to influence music and culture. Diversity’s power in our musical community and the opportunity to create a big band sound. Social, Economic and Political immigration’s benefit to our musical community.
A native of Quebradillas, Puerto Rico. Married to Terri Amador for the past 33 years. Father of Valerie Amador and Dr. Natalie Amador. Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from State University of NY at Albany, Master’s in Health Care Administration, Webster University, St. Louis, MO. Served for 20 years in the U.S. Army as an Intelligence Officer and Paratrooper with Airborne and Special Operations units. Combat veteran, Legion of Merit recipient. For the past decade have worked in Health Care as a Corporate Development Director and Strategic Consultant. Musician and Band Leader for NATIAO Latin Jazz. Jazz is my passion, Salsa is in my Soul.
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