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Carlos Reyes

Carlos Reyes

Tiburon, California -- 2012

Carlos and I share the same lust for music, so performing together for the first time at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon was a natural meeting of the hearts.

Originally from Paraguay South America, this multitalented harpist and violinist made his debut with the Oakland symphony at the age of 14. As his career grew, he contributed his impassioned talent to many styles of music including jazz-rock, contemporary jazz, country, R&B, pop and rock-n-roll.

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area gave Carlos the opportunity to develop a wide network of musician friends, including many members of the party band known as The Fundamentals. As the saxophonist for this band, I loved when Carlos would pop up on stage to make a guest appearance.

Next thing I knew, I was being asked to be a special guest in his own big local productions. Carlos filled the house at the Throckmorton Theater in Marin when he put together a show featuring the original vocalist for Tower of Power, Rick Stevens, newly paroled from prison. Performing alongside the powerful horn section from the Tower of Power band and with Santana's vocalist, Tony Lindsay, was a thrill. But the most fun was when Carlos and I traded solos to wow the audience during our version of Stevie Wonder's "I Wish."

Carlos Reyes at Yoshi's

A few months later in May 2013, we fired up the energy onstage at Yoshis Oakland and were captured wailing back to back in this exciting photo. These moments are magical and too few, since Carlos is usually performing on the road with such well-known acts as the Doobie Brothers and Rocker Steve Miller.

For more about Carlos Reyes, visit http://www.carlosreyesmusic.com.