Annette A. Aguilar (multi-percussionist, recording artist, producer and bandleader) was born in San Francisco into a family from Nicaragua and began playing music at the age of eleven.
At the age of 16 she was sitting in and performing with renowned Latin artists from Santana, Cal Tjader and Pete and Sheila Escovedo (Sheila E). She earned a Bachelor’s in music performance from San Francisco State University, Master’s from Manhattan School of Music, and Master in music education at CUNY. She has worked on Grammy award winning Broadway shows and symphony orchestras and is the principal timpanist for the Bronx Symphony. Annette has toured and shared the stage with Darlene Love, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Tito Puente, Dave Valentine, The Grateful Dead, Mose Allison, Toshi Reagon, Casselberry-Dupree, and many TOP New York City POP, Jazz and Latin groups.
In 1992 in New York City, she formed her Latin and Brazilian jazz group, Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans. Stringbeans has released three recordings that include their debut CD “Special Friends”, the second CD “No Cheap Dates” and recently released in 2009, “The Day Waits for Nobody”. All three CD’s are produced on her own label and have received numerous outstanding reviews nationally, and aboard.
She was selected three times as Latin Jazz Ambassadors in 2003 and 2006 for the U.S State Department, the Kennedy Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Stringbeans has toured Southern Africa and Rwanda, Ethiopia, Madagascar (Where they performed for the President) Kenya, and Tanzania.
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