A graduate of Loyola University New Orleans (BM Jazz, Minor in Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, 2011), and Northwestern University (MM Jazz, June, 2013), Gustavo Cortiñas has developed a successful career in the US for close to a decade, leading and accompanying ensembles in renowned stages and festivals in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. . “In his playing stands out the dynamic rhythm section interaction, swing, and keen focus on melodic development, which together with his familiarity with the jazz tradition and the musical traditions of his native Mexico and Latin-America, offer a new and fresh sound" (Cristina Zenteno, El Heraldo de Chiapas). This can be heard on his latest record, "Snapshot" (July 2013), "a Smörgåsbord of the moods and nuances that make up the human experience... an idiosyncratic album that intrinsically fuses the personal to the universal" (Lissette Corsa, Jazziz Magazine). "Snapshot" features Lincoln Center's saxophone and clarinetist extraordinaire Victor Goines (tenor sax), and Von Freeman's Mike Allemana (guitar). Gustavo has performed with renowned ensembles and individuals of the music scenes in Chicago, New Orleans, New York City and Mexico such as the Roy McGrath Quartet, Kitt Lyles Real Talk, Hermon Mehari, Matt Marantz, Marcquis Hill, Victor Goines, Mike Allemana, Marco Durán, Luri Molina, Diego Maroto, Hans Luchs, Adam Thornburg, Collective Vision and the Adam Rosado Big Band, amongst others. Gustavo is currently working with his band “Snapshot", on a proyect that fuses his two passions: music and philosophy; this proyect will culminate on the release of his second discographic release as a leader: “Esse".