Georgia 2021 Artist: Johan Escalante

Johan Escalante is a prolific recording artist, arranger, and producer in the world of Latin music. Growing up in Venezuela and studying in the famed youth music program El Sistema, he launched his career in Latin music in 2007 touring with legends Ilan Chester and Los Adolescentes Orquesta.

He spent many years touring and recording with most of the leading acts in salsa, eventually landing in Miami, FL in 2015. In Miami, Johan has established himself as a first-call session player, arranger, and producer for world-class artists including Marc Anthony and Ruben Blades. He is also a Shagerl Performing Artist, and performs regularly in the Shagerl All-Star Big Band.

Along with his collaborator for ITF2021 Mayerlin Carrero, Johan is performing an exciting recital of salsa music on Saturday of the ITF. The performance will feature his arranging skills, as he shares new arrangements of famous soul and R&B tune written in a salsa style (think: salsa Stevie Wonder…!). He and Mayer will also be featured at the ITF’s first-ever Salsa Night for Late Night Jazz, on the closing evening of the festival.

We are incredibly excited to share this incredible young Artist with the global trombone community!

Check out the whole tune, or jump to Johan’s solo at 1:50.