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Jhoe Garay is a guitarist, composer and arranger from Mexico City. Garay is based in New York since 2014, where she pursues a career in jazz music at The City College of New York. Garay has studied with iconic figures of the music scene such as Steve Wilson, Peter Bernstein, Scott Reeves, Mike Holober, Freddie Bryant, Lage Lund, Dida Pelled, among others. Moreover, she has shared the stage with important Mexican musicians in her native country, such as Alex Mercado, Roberto Aymes, Pablo Prieto, Alberto Medina, Gabriel Puentes, Israel Cupich, among others.

Garay is a three-time winner of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Scholarship (2017, 2018 and 2019) and a recipient of the Kaye Foundation Scholarship since 2017. In addition, she has been awarded the Hilda Holober Memorial Award (2016) and the Repsol Emerging Artist Award (2017). She was selected to participate in the prestigious program of The International Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music in 2017 and is currently a beneficiary of the Women in Jazz Organization Mentorship Program in New York and a grantee of the “Young Creators” program 2020 by the National Fund for Culture and Arts in Mexico.

In 2018, Garay was invited as ambassador of the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation to the 2018 Person of the Year gala and the 19th edition of the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, she participated in the awards ceremony at the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Latin Grammy Awards and performed at the “Leading Ladies of Entertainment” ceremony in Las Vegas in November 2019.

Garay is the leader of her quintet where she explores her musical visions, based on tradition and exploration of different harmonic and structural possibilities. Her compositions and arrangements reflect elements of her greatest influences such as Horace Silver, Thad Jones, Jim Hall, Maria Schneider, Thelonious Monk, among others. Her work has been presented in important venues in Mexico, United States and Canada; such as Aaron Davis Hall, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Cornelia St. Cafe, Shea Center for the Performing Arts, CUNY Jazz Festival, The Stone, Margaret Greenham Theater, Rolston Hall, Palcco, Agora Theater, Rufino Tamayo Museum and the International Jazz Festival in Cordoba.

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