A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Juan Manuel Trujillo is a guitarist, composer, and improviser. Before moving to the U.S., he studied guitar with Venezuelan jazz icon Gonzalo Mico and music theory with Maria Eugenia Atilano in Venezuela. He received his bachelor of music degree in jazz performance from California State University, Northridge and he also studied contemporary guitar performance at the Los Angeles College of Music.
As a guitar instructor, Mr. Trujillo has over 10 years of teaching experience. In addition to having private students, he has taught numerous jazz combo master classes, band and jazz ensemble coaching, and improvisation workshops in Los Angeles, New York, and Venezuela. He has served as a NY Jazz Appreciation Instructor at APEX for Youth as well as a guitar instructor for non-profit organization Guitars Not Guns.