In order to view this page you need JavaScript and Flash Player 9+ support! Jerry Medina has been playing music for over 30 years. Nowadays he is a renowned contemporary music leader who stands out for his ability to adapt to any musical genre, from jazz to salsa and pop, from romantic ballads to symphonies and urban styles. Medina's diversity and evolution in music is the result of formal education and training in this art, which he commenced at a very young age, ever since he heard his mother play the trumpet; she inevitably became his first teacher. Aside from his musician mom, who also enjoyed rock & roll and The Platters, Medina grew up listening to protestant church singers as well as his father's favorite jazz music legends: Tommy Dorsy, Duke Ellington, Cat Anderson, and Harry James. His exposure to musical diversity also included Puerto Rican popular music singing icons, Daniel Santos and Davilita. In forth grade Medina joined Fajardo's Municipal Music Band, under the direction of Luis González Peña. He went to college at Colegio de Mayagüez, where he joined the campus' band, under the direction of Celso Torres. Simultaneously, he and his friend Néstor Torres played in Torres' father's band, with Abel Pérez Forrestier and Efraín Toro. Although he came from a poor family, he was able to live on a music scholarship and the extra money he made by playing in frat parties and having other side jobs. Thanks to those experiences, he was able to continue his musical education and graduate from Colegio de Mayagüez with a bachelor's degree in Agronomy. In 1980 he collaborated with Ismael Miranda's orchestra as a backup singer and trumpet player. Soon afterwards, in 1981 he dared play the trumpet and sing next to experimented musicians during a farewell party thrown for Ángel "Cachete" Maldonado and Eddie "Guagua" Rivera who, at the time, were members of Luis "Perico" Ortíz's orchestra. At the end of the closed jam session, no one gave Medina feedback or even thanked him for his participation... But later on, when his friend Néstor Torres came to visit and they celebrated a casual encounter with fellow musicians, they did remember his past performance. What was just a "music fix" to Medina, turned out to be one of the most significant moments of his career, those musicians later invited him to join them in a music rehearsal and with, "Cachete", "Guagua", Eric Figueroa, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Pablito Rosario he become one of the members and co-founder of Batacumbele, a musical group that broke the mold of its time and changed traditional salsa's paradigms, giving it a new feel and an innovative progressive sound that still lives on. Looking back, Medina assures Batacumbele was the genesis and turning point of his career. The avant- garde group recorded four albums that impacted the Afro-Caribbean jazz scene, opening more doors for the artist along the way. In 1987 Medina recorded with Eddie Palmieri the Grammy-winning album "The Truth" and interpreted its main single. With Palmieri, he would travel to many countries and even perform at Holland's North Sea Jazz Festival, where he performed in the same stage with caliber musicians, such as Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Sara Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Horace Silver. Medina admits all of these have been incredible experiences and remembers when he was a boy, he used to tell his friends: "If I could just sing with Eddie Palmieri"... He never imagined he would later win a Grammy award with this icon. Since a very young age, Medina took pleasure in listening to records by Airto Moreira, Ella Fitzgerald, Sara Vaughan, Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin, Louis Armstrong, Herb Alpert, and Juancito Torres; these were his most influential figures by the time he matured musically. He was particularly drawn to the scat technique; his fascination with voice modulations and sounds within musical tones has resulted in his own scat interpretations, which always get peopletalking. As a trumpet player, singer and songwriter, Medina has collaborated with countless artists. For more than 15 years he provided backup vocals for the Fania All Star tour, which took him to France, Colombia, Africa, Peru and New York (Madison Square Garden). With director and composer Raymond Torres, Medina participated in the Salsa Sinfónica project, presented at Centro de Bellas Artes de Puerto Rico and New York. In the year 2000, Medina recorded Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri's last album, "Masterpiece", for which Puente gave him the liberty to get his ideas flowing and interpret songs his way. Medina takes great pride in his participation on this project, as it also won a Grammy award. Furthermore, Medina has teamed up with Lucecita Benítez, José Feliciano, Marc Anthony, Frankie Ruiz, Cheo Feliciano, Tony Vega, Gema y Pavel, Tamela Hedstrom, Manny Manuel, Luis Enrique, Yomo Toro, Larry Harlow, Viento de Agua, Paoli Mejías, José Alberto "El Canario", Tony Vega, William Cepeda, Ismael Miranda, Tito "El Bambino" and other great music figures. For the remake of Rafael Hernández's song "Capullito de Alelí", which was commissioned by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, Medina worked alongside Héctor "Coco" Barez; from this, emerged a composition that fused flamenco styles, "cajón" beats, and blues chorus lines, which he sung with his daughter, Kianí Medina. Medina has embarked in other special projects, such as Banco Popular de Puerto Rico's musicals "Raíces" and "Sonó, Sonó"; the first about Puerto Rican Bomba music and the latter a tribute to Tite Curet Alonso. He also sang in Arauco, as part of the Puerto Rico Coral Reef Conservation campaign and became the official spokesperson for the Puerto Rico Tourism Company for two years. He has immersed into the film industry, acting and singing in "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights", producing and interpreting the theme song for the film "Casi, Casi", and collaborating with musician Omar Silva (from reggae roots group Cultura Profética) in some of the themes for the Puerto Rican film "Maldeamores". As a solo artist, Medina has recorded two albums, "Feeling Alright" and "De Parranda con Jerry Medina". These were equally versatile as his musical career and have been extremely meaningful to him, elevating his professionalism to another level. Most recently, in 2011: - He collaborated with musicologist and percussionist John Santos in several of his albums and performed at the Smithsonian Institution; the event was radio broadcasted throughout the USA. - His group "Jerry Medina y La Banda" was invited to play at the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival. - Forty years had passed since Fania All Stars had toured, until finally in 2011 they performed in Peru. The week after, Medina appeared in shows with urban group Calle 13, also in Peru. Jerry Medina's professional trajectory, talents and abilities prove that his contribution to music is still current and ever evolving.