Since his youth, Bronx, New York, native, bassist, educator, composer, and arranger Carlos Henriquez has been one of the most impressive and versatile musicians in the jazz world. At the age of fifteen, he began his career playing for such Latin legends as Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, and Celia Cruz, and it was shortly afterward that he caught the eye of trumpet virtuoso Wynton Marsalis and joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, where he would become a coveted member.
Since joining the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in 1998, Carlos Henriquez has toured and conducted workshops throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Japan, and South America. He has hosted and served as musical director for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People concert series, Who is Tito Puente? with special guest Ron Puente and What is a Latin Groove? with Grammy Award–winning clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera. He also has served in that capacity for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s international residencies with London’s Barbican Centre and the Cuban Institute of Music alongside Chucho Valdés.
His compositions and arrangements have been featured in numerous other Jazz at Lincoln Center presentations for which he was musical director, including Jazz Meets Clave, The Music of Gillespie & Puente, The Music of Cachao, The Music of Ruben Blades, and most recently in Nuevo Jazz Latino, all highlighting his versatility and deep understanding of both Latin grooves and jazz harmonies. This fluidity between musical styles has made Henriquez one of the most sought-after bassists, having collaborated and recorded with such top-notch musicians as Chris Botti, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Celia Cruz, Diana Ross, Ellis Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Garth Fagin, Paul Simon, Danilo Pérez, Marc Anthony, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Dianne Reeves, Tito Nieves, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, and many others.
In addition to being the resident bassist of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Carlos Henriquez is a professor of music in the Jazz Studies program at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University.