Julio Jáuregui was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Julio grew up in México City. His mother, Mireya López, also a pianist, instilled in him the passion for music. Julio started his musical education when he was 6 years old at a school named Artene. Artene teaches the importance of rhythmic structures in a group format.

     Julio attended the National School of music from 1984-1987 where his focus of study was percussion. He studied with the National Symphony percussionist Julio Villegas. This effort was rewarded with performances with the National Symphony Orchestra.

     In 1990, Julio moved to Eugene, Oregon. In Eugene, he attended Lane Community College for two years where he received best theory student of the year award. He later enrolled at the University of Oregon to finish his music degree. He studied jazz piano with Gary Versace and jazz improvisation with saxophone player Steve Owen. In Eugene he performed with Caliente, a local salsa band. He became the musical director of Caliente in 1992. Julio recorded his first CD with Caliente in 1991 and collaborated with a couple of original  songs for Caliente's CD "Voces Morenas." He was also part of a folk band named Sandunga. Julio also joined forces with percussionist Mingo Lewis (Santana's Drummer) and was part of "Combination to Go." During his time with Mingo, he was able to learn more from funk, and Latin rhythms. Julio also became a member of other ensembles such as La Mayor, salsa band, Atmosphere, jazz trio.

     Julio moved to Seattle in 1997. He joined Latin Expression and Matices and became the musical director of
both. He also created Cambalache with Camilo Suárez. Julio has recorded with Children of the Revolution, Guil Guimaraes, Jeff Busch, Nueva Era and others. He was part of Joe Santiago's Salsa all stars concert in 2003 in which he performed with Giovanni Hidalgo, Joe Santiago, Giovanni Lugo, Pablito "El Indio" Rosario and others.
Julio has also performed with Adalberto Santiago, David Pabón, Hector Tricoche, Lalo Rodriguez, and others.

     In 2001 he joined forces with singer and long time friend Carlos Cascante and formed Tumbao a Latin sextet. Tumbao has given them the freedom to experiment with many avenues and types of performance. Tumbao's CD "Recuerdos" features that versatility. From 2004 to 2007 Julio was the musical director for the musical "Musica Vitae" at the Century Ballroom. In 2006 he produced an recorded with Steve Guasch in his two albums "Suiguiendo la Tradicion" and "Influencias" which received world recognition.

    Julio has also taught at Cornish School of Music substituting for Jovino Santos for his Latin Ensemble and rhythm class. In 2011 he recorded another CD with Carlos Cascante and Tumbao entitled "Hablando en Serio" and also recorded and mixed a CD entitled "Flights of Mind" with the Elspeth Savani Latin Jazz Quintet. Julio has recorded, mixed and produced several Latin recordings throughout the Pacific Northwest which has put him at the forefront of the Latin music scene. Being bilingual has also help him bring people together at recording sessions, master classes and lectures, as an interpreter or just a bridge between musicians from different backgrounds.

    Julio is now working on a Latin Jazz CD in which world class musicians will participate such as Calixto Oviedo Mulens (NG la Banda, Afrocuban All Stars), Paoli Mejias (Eddie Palmieri), Jeremy de Jesus, Anthar L
ópez and Fernell López, Miguelito Valdés and more to come.







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