Received the 2005 and 2006 ASCAP Young Composers Award and was a finalist in the 2004 and 2006 Great American Jazz Competition. He analyzed at New York’s New College University or college. His 2012 launch New Cuban Express gained him a 2013 Grammy Award nomination for Greatest Latin Jazz Recording. His family members was surviving in Havana when he was created, but he opted to go to NEW YORK in 2000. He was influenced by the artwork of Expenses Evans, Chick Corea, and Keith Jarrett.