The ensemble is not quite hard-bop and not quite salsa-they are something more complex and unprecedented, and take sharp turns at times.” Phillip Freeman Downbeat Magazine 2018  (full article

"...It’s not just the rhythmic potency of Venezuelan music that stands out here; indeed, on a number of the tracks it's Vielma's indebtedness to the wider jazz tradition that is striking."Troy Dostert All About Jazz 2018 (full article)

Tendencias, is the debut album of the Venezuelan Jazz Collective, in which Fran Vielma envisioned to feature in his compositions and arrangements probably one of the strongest Venezuelan rhythmic sections ever gathered with him on multi-percussion. Luis Perdomo, internationally regarded pianist/composer and bandleader based in NYC holds the chair of the piano in 8 of the tracks. Cesar Orozco, Cuban-Venezuelan pianist/composer gets featured on two pieces. On bass, Roberto Koch, a solid contemporary jazz performer and a master of Southamerican music styles based in Europe, and Pablo Bencid on drums, well known in the avant-garde jazz and Latin jazz scene of the east coast of the US. Note: Peter Slavov regarded Bulgarian bass player/composer based in NY & Joe Lovano’s Quintet member takes the place of Roberto Koch in US concerts.

Fran is also supported by a luxurious horn section that includes Michael Rodríguez,composer/bandleader who holds credits with giants like Herbie Hancock and Maria Schneider, on Trumpet. On Alto Saxophonetheinternationally regarded and multi-award winner composer/educator Miguel Zenón, and Ángel Subero on Trombone, an in-demand versatile player/educator of genres like classical, jazz, and Latin based in Boston. 

 “…a superb recording with an excellent band, superior compositions and superb soloing.” Ron Weinstock, Jazz and Blues Report 2018  (full article)

 "One can’t help but marvel how magically effective this is especially as the horns constantly have to be mixed in with the dry and sharp, stabbing aural palette of Mr. Vielma’s Venezuelan percussion – another reason why this is not just another Latin-Jazz album of songs, but true to its title, a whole new set of Tendencias.”  – Raul Da Gama, Latin Jazz Network 2018 (full article)

“Latin jazz of excellent quality: interesting arrangements, inspired and voluble soloists. We can listen without hesitation!" -Tierry Giard, Culture Jazz Magazine 2018

“A Venezuelan percussionist that knows how to serve up smoking originals and find lots of the best Latin jazz cats in New York... Killer stuff throughout.” - Chris Spector, Midwest Records 2018

 “In the spirit of Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Machito, Cachao, Mario Bauzá, Chano Pozo, and Cándido Camero, drummer/composer Fran Vielma joins this lineage alongside such innovators as Danilo Pérez, Paquito D’Rivera, Dafnis Prieto, Giovanni Hidalgo, Pedrito Martínez…Further, Fran builds on this tradition by composing with folkloric rhythms from his native country, Venezuela... The result is an extremely impressive and contemporary presentation of today’s Latin jazz music.”Billy Hart

 “There are records that are meaningful in the life of an artist, as without a doubt, it is this one by Fran Vielma… In this album, Fran shares all the passion of someone who believes in the music and gets to shape concretely a dream joined by incredible musicians…” - Guillermo Klein


‘Venezuelan Jazz Collective’ is an innovative jazz ensemble that comprises an outstanding cast of world-class musicians from Venezuela and Latin America based in the US. Their awareness of the jazz tradition, concert music, and an upbringing surrounded by the Caribbean and South American genres allow these performers to go from one idiom to the other with masterful spontaneity and musicianship.  

Tendencias is the title of the debut album that includes nine original compositions by his leader Fran Vielma and one song by the laureate Venezuelan songwriter Simón Díaz. Vielma arranged these pieces bringing components of hard bop, free jazz, concert music, and showcasing rhythms from his native Venezuela in a contemporary fashion. Every composition references a place, an artist, a remembrance, and pays tribute to the Venezuelan cultists.


Fran Vielma– Multi-percussion 

Pablo Bencid– Drum-set

Roberto Koch– Double bass

Luis Perdomo – Piano & Rodhes

Michael (Mike) Rodriguez– Trumpet

Miguel Zenon– Alto Sax

Angel Subero– Trombone  


Manolo Mairena– background vocals

Jeremy Bosch– vocals