Michel Padrón, a Cuban/British musician, is a multi-talented individual active in the UK jazz scene as a trumpeter, trombonist, composer, arranger, and music producer. He has emerged as one of the most prominent figures in Latin Jazz within the nation, while also showcasing his versatility by performing with bands across various music genres throughout the UK.
An advocate for the concept of Cuban Jazz, Padrón firmly believes in its existence and has deep-rooted convictions regarding the significance of the Caribbean island's identity within this universal musical genre. His performances extend beyond the UK, as he collaborates on diverse musical projects throughout Europe. Padrón showcases his talents both in his home studio and in renowned studios in the UK and Spain, recording and producing music for artists and bands worldwide who seek his services, particularly in recording brass sections.
Having spent many years as the band leader and music director of the Latin band Asere, Padrón has embarked on two tours of the United States with a larger project, ASERE & THE HAVANA CUBA ALL STAR (in 2016 and 2019). Asere has enjoyed a distinguished career spanning over 22 years in the world music scene, collaborating with esteemed artists such as Billy Cobham, Cesaria Evora, and Toto la Momposina, among others.
In addition to his musical endeavors, Padrón shares his expertise as a teacher of brass, and piano at the North Somerset Music Service, an educational division of the North Somerset Council. He imparts his knowledge in several primary and secondary schools within the region. Recently, Padrón's services have also been enlisted by Bristol Music Trust, a division of Bristol Beacon, where he teaches primary school children their first steps in music through small cornet ensembles.
Furthermore, Padrón is currently working on his first solo project, where he aims to merge his unique trumpet sound with various grooves and styles, promising an exciting musical exploration of his artistic vision.