B i o g r a p h y

Born and raised in Southern California, Chaz Cabrera currently performs professionally around San Diego. At the age of thirteen, he was introduced to the alto saxophone by his father Vincent Cabrera and uncle Benjamin Menancio. Around the same time, he also invested time to attend a several piano classes to get a full understanding of how to further his abilities to play music. He currently teaches at Rancho Santa Fe Roger Rowe and performs with a multitude of renowned groups such as, Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra, Marty Conley’s Big Band Express, and San Diego State University Jazz Ensemble! Chaz also has his own group called Reo Collective. Chaz is currently 22 and attends San DIego State University to acheive his goal of receiving a BMA in music education.

Some highlights of his career 

Chaz and five other teens formed a group called Jazz Avenue, who competed in the national competition SchoolJam USA. Out of eight contesting bands, Jazz Avenue placed first and won the title of "Best Teen Band 2012”. They were awarded a trip to Germany and had the opportunity to perform on the main stage of the Musik Messe Convention. They have also performed for a multitude of well known festivals and venues such as, KSDS Ocean Beach Jazz Festival, Heritage Festival, Dizzys, Lestats, San Diego and Anaheim: House of Blues, Lyceum Theater, and more. Jazz Avenue has released one album known as “Bridging the Gap” recorded at Signature Sounds.

Chaz also had the opportunity to perform for many companies professionally. Under the direction of Tamara Paige, he had the opportunity to perform in the pit orchestra of San Diego’s Renowned Repertory Theater production of “Hairspray,” (2010) receiving recognition from the composer, Marc Shaiman. Around 2012, Chaz was hired to conduct California’s Youth Conservatory production of “Spring Awakening” at the Lawrence Welk Resort. You can find more of the musical’s Chaz had performed below:

*All Shooked Up 01/2016 Moonlight Theater 

Rent 12/2015 California Youth Conservatory

The Comedy of Errors 08/2015 The Old Globe Theater
Les Miserables 06/2014 California Christian Theater
Suds 10/2013 Coronado Playhouse Theater
In The Heights 07/2013 Lyceum Theater
Guys & Dolls 08/2012 Lambs Theater
Ragtime 07/2012 CYC
Scrooge 12/2011 SDSCPA
Wizard of Oz 09/2011 Private Contractor 
The Sound of Music 04/2011 Kroc Center
Spelling Bee 03/2011 CYC / SDSCPA
Secret Garden 11/2010 CYC
Hairspray 06/2010 Lyceum Theater
Thoroughly Modern Millie 11/2008 SDSCPA