Raul Agraz

Trained in the legendary musical conservatory of Caracas, Venezuela this trumpet player is indeed one of the most comprehensively prepared musicians alive today. Raul is a complete master of Jazz, Afro-Cuban and Classical repertoire in a way that almost defies description. Equally at home playing the music of Bach, Machito or Coltrane Raul lends a text book perfection to everything he does. From his burnished tone and clock-like precision as a sight reader to his incisive solo skills this guy is the definition of a trumpet player's trumpet player. ''Oscar Hernandez''

Born and raised in "Venezuela".His musical career began to take shape at the early age of 7,with the internationally famous choir "Niños Cantores De Villa de Cura".With this choir, traveled to many international choir congress throughout the world, including performance in France, Spain, USA, Belgium and Vienna among others.

About this same time He began to play Flute to learn how to read music. Soon after He switched to the French Horn, But as a 9 years old ,He discovered his passion "The Trumpet".In a very short time he became the principal trumpet player for the orchestra accompanying the same choir.

He attend the superior School of music "Jose Angel Lamas"in Caracas Venezuela to begin his formal classical education with "Albreth Egon" native of German and principal trumpet of "the Venezuela Philharmonic"

At the age of 17 he had the opportunity to work with different Classical Orchestras including the internationally " Venezuela Symphony Simon Bolivar (from de Venezuela system) (aragua) fund by Jose Antonio Abreu

After a long career in Venezuela ,having the opportunity to worked and recorded with the most important Artist of his country, In 1996 He relocated to New York and began to study with the greatest "Victor Paz" (lead trumpet for 18 years for the musical "Cats" among many other Artist)

He was the Lead trumpet player for the super smash Hit 4 Tony’s awards and a Grammy including best Orchestration" In The Heights" and The National tour of Movin Out the Billie Joel Musical.

Currently Playing lead trumpet on the new Musical on Broadway "The Book Of Mormon"

Throughout his career he had the opportunity to performed as a lead trumpet player in a variety of styles as :Jazz,Rock ,R&B,Latin,and classical, recently he was invited to record the new Theme for the Super bowl with the New York Philharmonic seating next to mister Phill Smith and music of John Williams.

Here some of the artists during his 30 year career that he has had the fortune to share the stage and recording studio with, the following is a small sampling of his discography and performance credits.

Christian McBride Big Band
NBC Sunday Football 2016 main Theme
The Wiz (NBC)
Chuchito Valdez
Harry Potters Chritmas Musical (Universa Orlando)2017
Lily Hammer(Steve Van Zandt) NETFLIX Original serie
SMASH TV Show (2012)
Tommy Igoe (ELEVEN)
Birdland Big Band
MJO (Manhatan Jazz Orchestra)
Dora the explorer (season 2012)
Sesame Street
Frankie Valli
Radio City Christmas spectacular orchestra
Vanesa Williams
Tito Puente
Anika Noni Rose
Drama League concert with Patti Lupone
Eddie Palmiery
Ray Santos
Antony Bourdain Theme (ECUADOR)
Carl Fischer Big Band
Luis Enriques
Doug Beaver (trombon Moderno)
Chico O’Farrill
The Four Tops
Natalie Cole
Vicky Carr
Minus Big Band
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
Lew Anderson All Star Big Band
Audra McDonald
Marc Shaiman
Scott Wittman
Justin Guarini
Chris Sieber
Emily Skinner
Liz Callaway
Ann Hampton Callaway
Laura Benanti
James Monroe Iglehart
Montego Glover
Chad Kimball
Will Chase
Daniel Reichard
Nick Adams
Tito Puente, Jr.
Lucecita Benitez
Glenn Monroig
Tom Jones
Jennifer Lopez
Mark Antony
Paquito D rivera
Arturo Sandoval
Billy Joel (last concert at Shea Stadium with Tony Benett, Steven Taylor, John Mellencamp, John Myer, Paul Macartney)
Monday Michiru
Gilberto Santa Rosa
Cuco Pena
DLG
Celia Cruz (2002 Grammy Award and 2003 Latin Grammy Award)
Huey Dumbar
Tito Nievez
Hector La Voe
Timbalaye
Jerry Rivera
Chayanne
John Secada
Obie Bermudez
Jose Feliciano
Wycliffe Jean
Bebo Valdez (2005 Grammy Award)
Ruben Blades
Roberto Blades
Willie Chirino
La India
Santana
Herb Alpert
Robi Draco Rosa
Chita Rivera
Maria Conchita Alonzo
Sergio Georges
Ray Barreto
Don Omar
El General
Ricardo Arjona
Aventura (the last)
Olga Tanon
Victor Manuel (Grammy Nominee)
Frankie Negron
Jose Alberto El Canario(Grammy Award)
Spanish Harlem Orchestra (2003 Grammy nominee, 2004 Grammy Award, Grammy Award 2011) (Billboard Award 2002) (Billboard nominee 2005) 2010 Grammy Nomination and 2011 Grammy Award
Conjunto Classico
Johnny Pacheco
Africando
Bacilos (2002 Latin Grammy Award)
Son by Four
Gerardo
Jimmy Bosh
Cheo Feliciano
Eric Anderson
Harry Connick Jr.
CBS (Katty Courie) Theme
MSG (KNICKS THEME TUNE)
Sunday football CBS theme also used at the 2009 Superbowl


Movies

Hector Lavoe (Mark Antony,JLO.) Juan In America, Dirty Dance, The Street King.


Broadway shows

The Book oF Mormon (TONNY Award and Grammy Award 2011), A chorus line, The Full Monty, Movin Out , (Broadway production) and the first national tour, The Wedding Singer, Curtains, In the Heights (Tonny Award Winning 2009 grammy Award) Memphis.


Off Broadway

In The Heigths
Celia Cruz "the musical"

Childrens Of Salt The Musical


TV Shows

Rosie O'donnel show, SNL, Good Morning America,"Tonys" Preview Concert, Billboards Award


Venezuelan Artists

Franco D'Vita
Ilan Chester
Frank Quintero
Soledad Bravo
Yordano
Colina
Sergio Perez
Trabuco Venezolano
Orquesta Symphonica Venezuela
Oscar D'Leon
Guaco
Daiquiri
Biella Da Costa
Adrenalina Caribe
Mirla Castellanos
Aldemaro Romero
Salserin
Nati Martinez
Orquesta Venevision
Porfi Jimenez
Grupo Madera
Chuchito Sanoja
casa blanca
Pastor Lopez
RCTV
Televen
Billos Caracas Boys


Colombian Artists

Alejandro Martinez
Grupo Niche
Juan Carlos Coronel
Alberto Barros
Marcello Cesan
Carolina La O
Los Gemelos
Fruko y Sus Tesos
Amparo Grisales


Cuban Artists

Isaac Delgado
Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Juan Pablo Torrez
Bebo Valdez(Grammy Award Winner)
Juan Pablo Torrez
Paquito D' rivera
Arturo Sandoval


Mexican Artists

Lucero
Jennifer Pena
Armando Manzanero
Jaime Camil


And Many More