Presented by the San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival, native Bay Area guitarist and composer Joel Del Rosario was classically trained on the viola as a child and grew up listening to the soulful sounds of Earth, Wind & Fire, George Benson and Stan Getz on the family stereo. When Joel’s mother died of cancer, he turned to the guitar for solace. Joel is currently active in his community. He has raised funds for cancer awareness, counseled children and played music for a local church. He plays a beautiful set of melodies in his latest release, Coast to Coast.
The San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival, aims to promote, preserve and celebrate Filipino American history and culture; to acknowledge contributions past and present by Filipino jazz artists; to educate, provoke thought, engage in dialogue; and finally, to entertain the public with performances by Filipino American artists.