Marco Diaz was born and raised in San Francisco and was introduced to the trumpet in the fourth grade at E.R. Taylor Elementary School. His formal training in both piano and trumpet began at the age of 14. He earned a scholarship from the Community Music Center in San Francisco, and began playing professionally at the age of 17 throughout the Bay Area with various Latin Jazz, Salsa, Reggae, and R&B bands. Upon graduating from high school, he continued his studies at San Francisco State University pursing a Bachelors of Arts in Popular Music and a minor in Economics.
In addition to his studies Marco has been influenced by Afro-Cuban music through world renowned musicians, such as, Jesus Diaz, who he played and recorded with for eight years, John Santos, Orestes Vilato, Edgardo Cambon, and Carlos Caro.
Today, Marco is an accomplished recording musician who has shared the stage with Grammy Award winning artist, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Jimmy Bosch, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, Ska Cubano (Europe), Tito Rojas, Nino Segarra, Anthony Cruz, Anthony Blea, Jovino Santos Neto, Joe Santiago, and is an integral member of the John Santos sextet, Bobi Cespedes group, and Doug Beavers’ Orquesta Rovida. Marco has participated in the San Francisco Symphony AIM program since 2000 and currently produces records and performs music throughout the country while also co-leading Vission Latina, an Afro-Caribbean dance band.
In 2011, Marco Diaz will be a part of the faculty at Jazz Camp West. He will be touring the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington State with Bobi Cespedes, teaching children and adults the roots of Afro-Cuban music. Marco will also be performing at the San Francisco, Tanglewood, and Monterey Jazz Festivals, and the Smithsonian Museum with world renowned ethno-musicologist, John Santos and his Sextet. In the Fall, Marco will begin his ninth season with the San Francisco Symphony’s AIM (adventures in music) program.
Marco Diaz nacio y crecio en San Francisco donde fue introducido ha la trompeta en el cuarto grado de la escuela
primaria E.R. Taylor. Su entrenamiento formal de piano y trompeta comenzo ha la edad de 14 anos.
Obtuvo una beca
del Centro de Musica de la Comunidad en San Francisco, donde comenzo a tocar profesionalmente ha la edad de 17 anos
con varios grupos de Jazz Latino, Salsa, Reggae y R&B. Graduandose de la Preparatoria, continuo sus estudios en
San Francisco State Univeristy con un Grado en Musica Popular.
En conjunto con sus estudios, Marco ha sido influenciado con la musica Afro-Cubana junto musicos concidos mundialmente
como Jesus Diaz, John Santos, Orestes Vilato, Edgardo Cambon y Carlos Caro.
Ahora, Marco es un musico quien ha realizado compartir el ensenario con artistas como Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Jimmy Bosch,
Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, Ska Cubano (Europa), Tito Rojas, Nino Segarra, Anthony Cruz, Anthony Blea, Jovino Santos Neto,
Joe Santiago, grupo Bobi Cespedes y Doug Beavers’ Orquesta Rovida.
Marco ha participado con la Sinfonia de San Francisco,
programa AIM desde 2000.
Actualmente, es presentador y productor de musica dentro del pais mientras tambien es co-lider de
Vission Latina, una banda Afro-Caribeno.