“Peña is full of unique creativity and talent, definitely one of the most promising musicians of his generation...”
— Julio Alvarado
“His playing is mature, emotional and very tasteful. A refreshing young man with an old soul. If I was born again, I’d love to play guitar like him...”
— Franky Suarez Sr.
“I’ve heard him play about everything a couple times now. Love his technique and creativity! Especially the way he interprets folkloric music; he does a great job mixing reharmonization and latin grooves. He’s definitely going the right way...”
— Sammy Morales
“Just about the best music my business has had in years. People love his music, the way it’s always refreshing; always gives them a reason to come back next week for more...”
— Don Rey

About Richard

      Born and Based, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, Richard Peña is a jazz guitarist of the new generation of jazz of the island. Throughout his high school years at the Escuela Libre de Musica of San Juan and current years studying his Bachelors Degree at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, Peña participated in many international music events such as the Berklee Highschool Jazz Festival (2015 edition); Heneiken Ventana al Jazz in Orlando, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico; Concurso Internazionale di Canto Corale in Seghizzi, Italy; over 5 times at the Long Weekends Jazz Festival at Palmas del Mar; Humacao Jazz Festival; Toured the cities of Santo Domingo and Santiago of Dominican Republic playing at venues such as the Santo Domingo Jazz Festival at Casa de Teatro (2017 edition), Fiesta Sunset Jazz Club, The Gran Teatro del Cibao and Santo Domingo de Fiesta; Comienza La Noche Buena en La Placita de Santurce; Daskalos Music Festival; Sancocho Jazz Fest (2014 edition); Paseo de las Artes en Caguas Pa’l Pueblo; La Placita Food Festival (2017 edition); Fundación Nacional para la Cultura Popular;  Puerto Rican jazz clubs such as Abracadabra, La Junta, Don Rey Cigar and many other local music events and venues.

 

      Peña has performed with players such as Latin Grammy Award Winner Charlie Sepúlveda, Edmar Colón, Greek saxophonist Yannis Kassetas, Kalani Trinidad, Ricardo Pons, Julio Alvarado, Pedro Perez, Kachiro Thompson, Angie Machado, Latin singers Carlos Vives, Victor Manuelle and TIto el Bambino. He also recorded in the award winning album "Ready For Departure" by Guess Who Jazz Quartet (awarded for Best New Production by the Fox Music USA Latin Music Awards in 2015), which featured artists such as Charlie Sepúlveda, Egui Castrillo, Ricardo Pons, Raúl Maldonado, William Machado. and Berklee's first cuatro player Fabiola Marí Méndez. The Richard Peña Latin Jazz band was the featured house band for the T.V. Show "Ellas y Tus Noches" (Broadcast every Monday on Channel 13 of local Puerto Rican television)


      Currently, If not on tour, Peña can be heard at his usual steady gigs every Monday, Tuesday and Saturday at Don Rey Cigar at the Placita de Santurce and Fridays at Don Rey Cigar at Caguas.