Bass Player , Composer, Producer.
Juan Carlos Mendoza E
“Life Has Changed” Around The world Best Smooth Jazz 2021/22/23
-New!! # 1 semana 22 mayo en el Smooth Jazz Top 100 de Santiago Fontenla “Earth Level” (2023)
-#7 semana del 4 de mayo 2023 en el Smooth Jazz Top 100 Radio Cadena Española (2023)
-Best from 2022 The Jammin Zone de Kemi Bolanle (UK) “A Peaceful Place” (2023)
-#34 en top 100 del 2022 en Top 40 Star radio (ES) con “New Life” (2023)
-#32 en top 100 del 2022 en Top 40 Star Radio (ES) con “Life Has Changed” (2023)
-Best Smooth Jazz Tracks 2022 Mark O´Connell (UK) “Old Pals & A Good Wine” “A Peaceful Place”
-Nº1 de los Súper 15 Smooth Jazz 2021 de Radio smoothjazz.club
-Top 12 lo mejor del Smooth Jazz 2021 mundial Cloud Jazz Radio
-Lo mejor del año 2021 en Cocktail De Ébano Radio
-Top 20 Smooth Jazz España en el #13 con “Life Has Changed” 2022
-Dos semanas en #4 Top 40 Star “New Life” 2022
-Dos semanas #5 “Life Has Changed” Top 40 Star Junio 2022
-Looking Back 2021 best Smooth Jazz songs Mark O´Connell “On Air” (UK)
-Best Smooth Jazz Tracks 2021 de Smooth Grooves Radio (UK) Richard Edwards
-Best Smooth Jazz Tracks 2021 Chill and Thrill Radio Show (UK) Iain Lawson
-Best smooth jazz tracks 2021 The Jammin` Zone Kemi Bolanle (UK)
"Jorge Flo", who was director of the greatest Spanish network "Cadena Ser" , rediscovered Juan Carlos Mendoza on Hevia's first CD (Tierra De Nadie) although he already knew him from the Mondragón Orchestra and other artists, he was the one who supported the most in his radio programs, Sinfo Radio and M80 their first record project, an honor; he was his godfather at the presentation of his first work Mediterranova at the SGAE.
“Rick Wakeman” after a concert by the artist “Hevia” told him; "Congratulations you are really big... you are a great bass player"
“David Foster” producer and composer among others of "The Corrs", "Madonna", "Celine Dion" etc..commented; "Great bassist on your recordings Hevia" on a visit to the studio when D Foster was producing Josh Groban (Big fan of Hevia).
Since his arrival in Spain (Barcelona) after an early and successful career in Chile with Chilean legendary rock bands like; “Soul Gas”, "Santa y su Gente" and "Almandina", in which he composed, played bass etc.
After several years touring Scandinavia and other European cities, he joined Mallorca mediterranean guitarrist “Joan Bibiloni” , recording with him three excellent cd´s. He also teams with musicians from Barcelona and Madrid as the fantastic keyboard player and producer "Josep Mas “Kitflus” Colombian jazz Diva “Martha Patricia”, jazz guitarrist “Max Sunyer”, the American singer “Deborah Carter” and Stanley Clarke Guitarrist Ray Gomez etc.
He moves to Madrid and participates as a member of jazz artists such as Jayme Marques, Stephen Frankevitch (RIP), Jorge Pardo, Tito Duarte (RIP) etc. and personal projects as “Funk Off” or "Smoothhotjazz Band.
He was asked to join the Pop-Rock-Celtic Spanish scene. Recording and touring with Hevia, Victor and Ana, Orquesta Mondragón, Amistades Peligrosas, Vargas Blues Band etc. Lots of Club dates with Funk -Acid- jazz-Brazilian music -Projects.
At this point after a long career, collaborations in hundreds of recordings for many artists in the country, alternating as sesión musician, composer, or producer etc, touring whenever required, finally presented his first long-awaited recording project "Mediterranova" (Indigo Records EFDS 3036) this time as composer, producer and arranger, surrounded by lots of friends from Spain and all over the world, the CD was a journey through the experiences, feelings, and love for all music.
In 2015 his new CD "Thanks to Life" edited this time by Pak Records (Avispa Records) again with many special guests and new friends, artists and musicians well known worldwide, this new work includes new songs, versions etc.
In 2021 he released the first Smoothjazz CD ever made in Spain with lots of International musicans as guests, that include Adam Hawley, Paula Atherton, Oli Silk, Molly Duncan, Roberto Tola, etc also the best studio musicians available in Spain. “Life Has Changed” has reached lots of #1 on spanish radios and also in UK, USA, Chile, Venezuela etc.
He can be seen on tv around the country on lots of special concerts TV every week joining some of the best Pop and Jazz sessions and also with his own band.
From 2019 he started a Colaboration with Smoothhotjazz Festivals and Events in Madrid, creating the first Spanish Smoothjazz Band and playing for famous international musicians as; Brian Simpson, Peter White, Michael Lington, Paul Taylor, Adam Hawley, Roberto Tola, Paula Atherton, Kat Hawley, more to come.
Juan Carlos Mendoza played live and/or recorded with;
Brian Simpson, Peter White, Michael Lington, Adam Hawley, Roberto Tola, Paula Atherton, Kat Hawley, Michael Brecker, Larry Graham, Larry Coryel, Philippe Saisse, Marc Antoine, Molly Duncan, Kevin Ayers, Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra, Tenores de Bitti (Cerdeña), David White, Hughes de Courson, Junior Wells, Chester Thompson, Chris Rea, Louisiana Red, Carey Bell, Ernest Williamson, Loonie Brooks, Art Blakey, Flaco Jimenez, Janne Schaffer, Georg Wadenius, Ray Gomez, Luis Salinas, Andres Calamaro, Tom Dowd, Barry I. White, Deborah Carter, Stephen Franckevich, Etc.
Hevia, Orquesta Mondragón, Cristina Del Valle, Amistades Peligrosas, Javier Vargas, Víctor Manuel, Ana Belén, Chano Domínguez, Miguel Rios, Joaquín Sabina, Jayme Marques, Javier Monforte, Danny Daniel, Ximo Tebar, Carles Benavent, Max Sunyer, Josep Mas Kitflus, Jorge Pardo, Raimundo Amador, Joan Bibiloni, Tino Di Geraldo, Tomeu Penya, Ramon Prada, Los Coyotes, Alberto Comesaña, Carmen Paris, Mercedes Ferrer, Huecco, Clara Montes, Tam Tam Go, Marina Rossell, Pablo Abraira, Inma Serrano, Nuevas Amistades, Etc.
Juan Carlos Mendoza endorsers;
Sire Bass Guitars, Hotone audio pedals and amps. Harvest Fine leather Bass Bags & Straps, Markbass amps, Nordstrand Pickups, U-Bass by Kala, Variphone personal audio headphones, Aurora Strings, Sadowsky, Moon, Fclef, etc.