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Louis Valenzuela

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Áfrojazziacs, Juice Box, A Thousand Butterflies, Dornob, Humankind
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Guitarist and music teacher Louis Valenzuela is a vet of adventurous and experimental bands such as Áfrojazziacs (fusing contemporary and traditional afro-cuban, jazz, funk, reggae, cumbia, salsa, afro-beat, and rumba), Juice Box (founded by drummer/composer Matthew Smith), the Humankind (R&B, soul, and jazz covers), Dornob (a cross-generational Persian dastgah band playing avant-garde twists on classical Persian music), and A Thousand Butterflies, which performs music inspired by the poems of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca, including numbers that feature Valenzuela playing the tres/oud.

Valenzuela is also the longtime host of the Monday Night Jazz Jam, which held a residency at Rosie O'Grady's in Normal Heights before the pandemic shutdown. He subsequently started a livestreaming outlet for local musicians called ElectricLouieLand. Most episodes were shot at Chula Vista's Avant Garde Music Company music school and recording studio, with the livestreams being offered via YouTube, Facebook Live, and Twitch and donations going toward keeping the music school open. The weekly Monday show featured local performers the Irving Flores Quartet, Frankie J, Leonard Patton, Karlos Paez, Joshua White, Ed Kornhauser, Gilbert Castellanos, the Nathan Hubbard Trio, Whitney Shay & Ed Holiday, Israel Maldonado, his own LouieLand Quartet, and a Virtual Music Festival that included a rare Juice Box performance.

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