I began playing trumpet at age 10 and have always enjoyed singing and songwriting. My father played percussion as a hobby, and my entire family was full of music fanatics. Obsessed with the radio as a child, I always admired any music that told a story and spoke to the masses. Music truly became a pursued career once I discovered jazz music as a teen. Since then, I've gone on to tour and perform with jazz & pop greats such as Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Lopez, Roy Hargrove & Clark Terry. In 2011, I made my debut as a songwriting & producer with the release of Life Lessons Vol. 1, Now available on itunes, amazon & http://www.crystaljtorres.com
What was the first concert you ever went to?
1998, Carnegie Hall NYC ...Diana Krall and Joshua Redman. I was studying jazz music at the Manhattan school of music summer program. It was beautiful and inspiring.
What gear do you use?
Selmer Paris and Cannonbal Big Bell Series Trumpets, a Yamaha & Selmer Paris flugelhorn, and a yamaha P-120 Weighted key keyboard.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Stevie Wonder, Roy Hargrove, EWF and Ray Barretto. They were the household music collection gems.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Beyonce Knowles All female Band, Clark Terry's Young Titans of Jazz, Roy Hargrove's RH Factor, and I'm also the leader of my own group. Crystal J Torres msuic coming to a city near you!!
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
John Mayer, Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis. Musical geniuses and great writers.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Largest: 80,000 people at Glastonbury .... Smallest: tiny NYC jazz clubs.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?