Julio Jauregui is a highly acclaimed, multi-talented musician, composer, arranger, recording engineer and producer. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Julio grew up in Mexico City. His musical education began at age six focusing on the importance of rhythmic structures in a group format. He attended the National School of Music from 1984-1987 where he studied percussion with the National Symphony percussionist Julio Villegas and performed with the National Symphony Orchestra.
In 1990, Julio moved to Eugene, Oregon, excelling at Lane Community College and finishing his music degree at the University of Oregon. He studied jazz piano with Gary Versace and jazz improvisation with saxophonist Steve Owen. He has been a member or musical director of many types of ensembles (latin jazz, salsa, folk, funk, jazz), including Caliente, Sandunga, Combination to Go (with Santana’s drummer/percussionist Mingo Lewis), La Mayor, Atmosphere, and when moving to Seattle in 1997, Latin Expression, Matices, and Cambalache with Camilo Suarez. Julio has recorded with Children of the Revolution, Guil Guimaraes, Jeff Busch, Nueva Era and others. He was part of Joe Santiago’s Salsa all-stars concert in 2003 with Giovanni Hidalgo, Joe Santiago, Giovanni Lugo, Pablito “El Indio” Rosario, and has performed with Adalberto Santiago, David Pabon, Hector Tricoche, Lalo Rodriguez, and others.
In 2001 Julio joined forces with singer and long-time friend Carlos Cascante and formed Tumbao, a Latin sextet (see their CD “Recuerdos”), and from 2004 to 2007 he was the musical director for the musical “Musica Vitae” at the Century Ballroom.
Julio has recorded, mixed and produced several Latin recordings throughout the Pacific Northwest which has put him at the forefront of the Latin music scene. In 2006 he produced and recorded with Steve Guasch in his two albums “Suiguiendo la Tradicion” and “Influencias” which received world recognition. In 2011 he recorded another CD with Carlos Cascante and Tumbao entitled “Hablando en Serio”, and recorded and mixed a CD entitled “Flights of Mind” with the Elspeth Savani Latin Jazz Quintet.