The El Paso Jazz Exchange is geared towards empowering the Jazz movement in El Paso, TX and its surrounding areas. Over the years the jazz scene in El Paso has quite frankly, more than dwindled. This is very sad considering El Paso does have some amazing talent worthy of recognition. It is our vision and mission to be able to provide you with up to date information of who, where and when.
We highly encourage you to take a moment and browse through the site, and calendar. Check out which bands are playing where and stop by and show your support. Let them know you found them through the EP Jazz Exchange site!!
We are always trying to improve the site, so feel free to shoot us a message and give us your feedback!!!
Who is EP Jazz Exchange??
Steve Garduno ( Founder )
Steve has been a music lover ever since he was a child. Growing up as a musician in church, he developed a love for the choir and its beautiful harmony! He spent some time in Miami under the recording label Sony Latin, and EMI Publishing where he shared many stages with some amazing world renowned musicians. It was here where his love for Jazz music exploded. Now in El Paso, TX he wants to bring a little of what he experienced in other parts of the country and hopefully make a mark in the revitalization of Jazz music in El Paso.
Candice Reyes is the Voice of El Paso. She is currently a student at Utep getting her degree in Commercial Music. Candice has been a jazz lover ever since she was a child, her influences and up bringing only enhanced her passion for Jazz Music. Candice Reyes was the first El Paso Idol Winner in 2003 and represented El Paso with her lovely voice in American Idol Competition. Since then Candice started her music career in public school with the Clarinet, French Horn, Piano and her unique voice. Candice was involved with the Youth Jazz Ensemble and participated in the jazz festivals at Hanks High School. Candice Reyes was a recipient of the El Paso Friends of Jazz Scholarship in 2009. She continued to expand her talent by singing with the Utep Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Sam Tremble. Candice is now a senior at Utep and directs her own local Jazz group in El Paso called "Candice Reyes Quintet". The group has been playing together for five years and continues to grow. Candice has experienced many local jazz groups and continues to expand her knowledge and experience in the jazz scene. "Music is the energy of the soul to both musician and audience".