Raul AgrazTrained 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)
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)
Radio City Christmas spectacular orchestra
Anika Noni Rose
Drama League concert with Patti Lupone
Antony Bourdain Theme (ECUADOR)
Carl Fischer Big Band
Doug Beaver (trombon Moderno)
The Four Tops
Minus Big Band
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
Lew Anderson All Star Big Band
Ann Hampton Callaway
James Monroe Iglehart
Tito Puente, Jr.
Paquito D rivera
Billy Joel (last concert at Shea Stadium with Tony Benett, Steven Taylor, John Mellencamp, John Myer, Paul Macartney)
Gilberto Santa Rosa
Celia Cruz (2002 Grammy Award and 2003 Latin Grammy Award)
Hector La Voe
Bebo Valdez (2005 Grammy Award)
Robi Draco Rosa
Maria Conchita Alonzo
Aventura (the last)
Victor Manuel (Grammy Nominee)
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
Bacilos (2002 Latin Grammy Award)
Son by Four
Harry Connick Jr.
CBS (Katty Courie) Theme
MSG (KNICKS THEME TUNE)
Sunday football CBS theme also used at the 2009 Superbowl
MoviesHector Lavoe (Mark Antony,JLO.) Juan In America, Dirty Dance, The Street King.
Broadway showsThe 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 BroadwayIn The Heigths
Celia Cruz "the musical"
Childrens Of Salt The Musical
TV ShowsRosie O'donnel show, SNL, Good Morning America,"Tonys" Preview Concert, Billboards Award
Venezuelan ArtistsFranco D'Vita
Orquesta Symphonica Venezuela
Biella Da Costa
Billos Caracas Boys
Colombian ArtistsAlejandro Martinez
Juan Carlos Coronel
Carolina La O
Fruko y Sus Tesos
Cuban ArtistsIsaac Delgado
Juan Pablo Torrez
Bebo Valdez(Grammy Award Winner)
Juan Pablo Torrez
Paquito D' rivera
And Many More