Santi Debriano

Last updated

Santi Wilson Debriano (born 1955 in Panama) is a jazz bassist.


Debriano was raised in Brooklyn, having moved there with his family at age four. He studied composition at Union College in New York, then attended the New England Conservatory of Music and Wesleyan University. He worked with Archie Shepp in the late 1970s and early 1980s, then moved to Paris and played with Sam Rivers for three years. He returned to New York City and has since worked with Don Pullen, Pharoah Sanders, Sonny Fortune, Billy Hart, Larry Coryell, Chucho Valdés, Hank Jones, Cecil Taylor, Randy Weston, Freddie Hubbard, Kirk Lightsey, and Attila Zoller.

Debriano has led several of his own units, including small groups in the late 1980s and Circlechant, a world music-influenced ensemble which has had among its members Helio Alves, Will Calhoun, and Abraham Burton.

Debriano was also the music director for arts at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, New Jersey, and was given an award for jazz education by New York University in 2001.


As leader

As sideman

Related Research Articles

Sonny Fortune Musical artist

Cornelius "Sonny" Fortune was an American jazz saxophonist. Fortune played soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, clarinet, and flute.

Cecil McBee Musical artist

Cecil McBee is an American jazz bassist. He has recorded as a leader only a handful of times since the 1970s, but has contributed as a sideman to a number of jazz albums.

Horace Parlan was an American pianist and composer known for working in the hard bop and post-bop styles of jazz. In addition to his work as a bandleader Parlan was known for his contributions to the Charles Mingus recordings Mingus Ah Um and Blues & Roots.

William Godvin "Beaver" Harris was an American jazz drummer who worked extensively with Archie Shepp.

Reggie Workman Musical artist

Reginald "Reggie" Workman is an American avant-garde jazz and hard bop double bassist, recognized for his work with both John Coltrane and Art Blakey.

Stanley Cowell American musician

Stanley Cowell was an American jazz pianist and co-founder of the Strata-East Records label.

George Cables American jazz pianist and composer

George Andrew Cables is an American jazz pianist and composer.

Marvin "Smitty" Smith is an American jazz drummer and composer.

Albert Dailey American jazz pianist

Albert Preston Dailey was an American jazz pianist.

Kirk Lightsey

Kirkland "Kirk" Lightsey is an American jazz pianist.

John Betsch American jazz drummer

John Betsch is an American jazz drummer.

Billy Drummond Musical artist

Willis Robert "Billy" Drummond Jr. is an American jazz drummer.

'Ronnie Burrage is an American jazz drummer. His style draws from jazz, funk, and soul.

Bobby Battle was an American jazz drummer. Occasionally he played saxophone.

Victor Lewis is an American jazz drummer, composer, and educator.

Wayne Dockery American musician

Wayne Dockery was an American jazz double bassist who worked with George Benson, Sonny Fortune, Eddie Henderson, Hal Galper, Archie Shepp, Michael Brecker, and others. He appears on albums from at least 1971, although never as a bandleader.

John Stubblefield was an American jazz saxophonist, flautist, and oboist.

Jerry González American musician

Jerry González was an American bandleader, trumpeter and percussionist of Puerto Rican descent. Together with his brother, bassist Andy González, he played an important role in the development of Latin jazz during the late 20th century. During the 1970s, both played alongside Eddie Palmieri and in Manny Oquendo's Conjunto Libre, and from 1980 to 2018 they directed The Fort Apache Band. From 2000 to 2018, Jerry González resided in Madrid, where he fronted Los Piratas del Flamenco and El Comando de la Clave. In October 2018, he died of a heart attack after a fire in his home in Madrid.

Abraham Burton

Abraham Augustus Burton Jr. is an American saxophonist and bandleader.

<i>Four in One</i> (Sonny Fortune album) 1994 studio album by Sonny Fortune

Four in One is an album of Thelonious Monk's compositions performed by saxophonist Sonny Fortune which was recorded in 1994 and released on the Blue Note label.