Green Jeans

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Green Jeans

Green Jeans is a quartet composed of Lucas de Mulder (guitar), Ricardo Padilla (keyboards), Mario Carrillo (contrabass) & Rodrigo Muñoz (drums). The band’s name is taken from the song title sung by American guitarrist & composer Grant Green, on the CD Matador (1965). Grant Green has been and remains a great source of inspiration for this group, who over the span of his short career knew how to combine with great skill & exactness the essence of jazz with sounds akin to groove, funk and soul-jazz. Green Jeans relocates this spirit to their compositions, thus achieving a warm blend, where interaction between the musicians plays a fundamental role. Aside from that and due to the varied training & skills of the band’s members, their compositions also reflect influences by other musicians, such as John Scofield, Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, George Duke & Boogaloo Joe Jones, to mention a few.

Lucas de Mulder, guitar. Began his studies on the guitar at the ‘Conservatorio Insular del Cabildo’ in Lanzarote, with Miguel Calzadilla, and finished them in 2014 at the ‘Conservatorio Superior’ in Madrid. He trained with teachers like Javier Somoza and Gabriel Estarellas. Currently he is a member of various groups, among which the outsatanding ones are The Cooltrance, Mighty Vamp, Jamgle and Green Jeans. In addition, he is a teacher of the guitar in the ‘Escuela Popular de Música y Danza’ (Popular School of Music & Dance) in Madrid and at the ‘Escuela Municipal’ (Municipal School) in Boadilla del Monte.

Ricardo Padilla, keyboards. Began his training at the ‘Conservatorio Profesional de Música’ (Professional Conservatory of Music) in Alcalá de Henares and later obtained his title in composition at the ‘Real Conservatorio Superior de Música’ (Royal Higher Conservatory of Music) in Madrid, specialising in Composition for Audiovisual Media with Eduardo Armenteros and Alfonso Romero. He currently teaches piano and musical language at the ‘Soto Mesa’ School of Music and plays piano & keyboards in the following bands: O ́Funkillo, The CoolTrance, El Mundo de Murphy and Green Jeans.

Mario Carrillo, contrabass. Contrabassist of great versatility, he started his studies on this instrument with teachers like Juan Cañada, Luis Navidad, Jesús Higuero & Damián Arenas. Later on he was initiated into jazz at the ‘Escuela de Música Creativa’ (School of Creative Music) and subsequently moved to Boston (USA). There he studied under maestros, such as Bruno Raberg, John Lockwood, Esperanza Spalding and Dave Tronzo. He is currently a teacher at the ‘Escuela de Música Creativa’ (School of Creative Music) in Madrid and is a member of a number of groups: Maureen Choi Quartet, Juan Pérez Rodríguez Trío and Green Jeans, among others.

Rodrigo Muñoz, drums. Graduated at the ‘Escuela Superior de Música’ (Higher School of Music) in País Vasco (Musikene, Basque Country), specialising in jazz, with drummers like Guillermo Mcguill and Jo Krause. He studied percussion at the ‘Conservatorio Superior de Música’ in Madrid. On a parallel course, he also trained in modern music, drums & combo at the ‘Escuela de Música Creativa’ (School of Creative Music) in Madrid with musicians like Carlos Carli, Yayo Morales, Bobby Martínez & Tony Heimer. He currently teaches drums & percussion as well as playing in various groups, some outstanding ones being La Banda del Búho, Electropelvis and Green Jeans.

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