Marco Montoya


Marco is an established pianist/keyboardist/producer with an background in playing Latin music for over 20 years in the San Francisco Bay Area.  In addition to playing with most of the Latin/Salsa bands in the area, he has shared the stage with many Latin greats such as Oscar DeLeon, Pete Escovedo, El Gan Combo, Richard Bean (Malo), Giovani Hidalgo & more. 
Growing up, Marco’s musical influences were R&B, Freestyle, Dance, Old School, Oldies, Pop and Rock.  He was introduced to Smooth Jazz after receiving a George Howard CD for his 16th birthday from his good friend John Manning.  The sounds of the sax fused together with a smooth R&B background caught Marco’s attention so much that he started listening to Smooth Jazz.
In 2016, Marco released his first Smooth Jazz album "Been A Long Time Comin'" with long time friend Stan Evans.  Marco & Stan met and performed together in the Latin band "Grupo Caribe" for over a decade before starting to work on their Smooth Jazz project which eventually was considered for the 59th Grammy Awards along with multiple charting on Billboard's most added to Smooth Jazz.  
In 2018, Marco's salsa band "Orquesta Borinquen" released their second album.  Two songs were co-written by Marco who also engineered the entire project while simultaneously working on his second Smooth Jazz album "Let's Ride".  Marco and Stan started the project together however, after Stan's departure, drummer/producer Kevin Lewis teamed up with Marco to  finish the album.  Marco & Kevin have also started working on other production projects for other artists which will be coming soon.  

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