Ivan Renta Biography

Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Ivan Renta began playing Alto sax at age 13 in his hometown of Coamo, Puerto Rico. By the age of 15 , Ivan was already performing with local bands in the southern part of Puerto Rico. As a teenager he studied with local saxman Jose "Cheguito" Encarnacion who introduced him to Jazz harmony and improvisation. In 1998 at the age of 17, Ivan moved to New York to attend the prestigious "New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program".

While he was attending college, Ivan began performingwith world renown artists such as Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, William Cepeda, Bobby Sanabria, amongst many others.

In February 2000 Ivan contributed to the critacally acclaimed, multiple Grammy award winning album "Masterpiece" and also worked on Latin Jazz Legend Tito Puente's last recording. During the past years, Ivan Renta has kept quite busy performing with everybody in the New York jazz scene. His collaborations with top musicians like Conrad Herwig, Brian Lynch, David Sanchez, Paquito D' Rivera, Dave Valentin, Ray Barretto, Arturo O'Farill, Willie Colon, Ralph Irizarry, Ray Vega, John Benitez, Luis Bonilla, Oscar Hernandez, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez and Bebo Valdez just to name a few, has taken him all over, performing at some of the world's biggest venues.

Now in his early twenties, Ivan is currently working on his solo album as well as with the Lincoln Center's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. His career has just began, and lots of sounds will be heard from "The New Caribbean Phenom" as Legendary Pianist Eddie Palmieri refers to Ivan.


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