Ethan Santos
Los Angeles, CA
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Ethan Santos

Ethan S.

Los Angeles, CA
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Ethan Santos is a Filipino-American multi-instrumentalist graduate of Berklee College of Music and current master's student at University of Southern California. Influenced by the sounds of Jazz, R&B and Hip Hop, he has performed his music at events such as the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, Salem Jazz and Soul Festival and San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival. Ethan is also an avid sideman who’s translated his craft on trombone to a wide array of musical environments; these musical acts include performing with/alongside the likes of Ralph Peterson (DC Jazz Festival/Scullers Jazz Club), Big Red Machine (Boston Calling) and The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (San Francisco Silent Film Festival).

Lessons are available for trombone, bass trombone, music theory/harmony, improvisation, composition, arranging, transcription, and basic recording/producing.

About Ethan S.

Ethan Santos is a Filipino-American multi-instrumentalist, influenced by the sounds of Jazz, R&B and Hip Hop, who’s performed his music at events such as the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, Salem Jazz and Soul Festival and the San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival. He’s also an avid sideman who’s translated his craft on trombone to a wide array of musical environments; these musical acts include performing with/alongside the likes of Ralph Peterson (DC Jazz Festival/Scullers Jazz Club), Big Red Machine (Boston Calling) and The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (San Francisco Silent Film Festival). His work at the BSFO also involved recording the new soundtrack on an NBCUniversal StudiosPost 4K restoration of the 1928 silent film The Man Who Laughs. His adaptive musicianship was developed during his time as a Presidential Scholar at Berklee College of Music from 2016-2019; it was here that he had the pleasure of working with the likes of Phil Wilson, Marshall Gilkes, Gary Burton, Danilo Perez, Ralph Peterson, Tia Fuller and Robert Glasper.

He’s since moved to Los Angeles and is now actively playing trombone, bass trombone and flute for the likes of Bob Mintzer, Ricky Peterson, George Stone, Barbara Morrison, Luciana Souza, Flight of Voices, Printz Board, Trevor Wesley, sonofsteve, ILYS, Lucy Clearwater, MONIX and Perta. His future performances/releases include a promotional video in collaboration with Greg Spero’s studio, Tiny Room Studios, Dean Scarlett's debut big band album Good Eats, Fernando Huergo's big band album, and on tracks with Detroit-based Gospel group, Shelby 5. Ethan is currently pursuing a M.M. in Jazz Studies at the USC Thornton School of Music under the mentorship of Russell Ferrante, Peter Erskine, Ruslan Sirota, Andy Martin, Vince Mendoza and Bob Mintzer.

As a fervent educator amongst his musical community, he’s taught at the KIDmunity and the California Arts Academy’s summer programs in addition to running clinics at the Buchanan Educational Center and Bullard High School and teaching private students. He extends this pedagogical practice by offering transcriptions of solos and songs. Videos of these transcriptions, performed on the trombone/bass trombone/keyboard, are also available for viewing on Ethan’s social media.

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Education

Master of Music - Jazz Studies
Aug 2019 - Present

University of Southern California

Bachelor of Music in Performance
Sep 2016 - May 2019

Berklee College of Music

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