Born in Puerto Rico, Louis Bauzo attended Julliard School of Music and studied in Africa, Puerto Rico and Cuba. He has been a professional musician for over thirty years. A member of the Tito Puente Orchestra for seven years during the 1970’s, he has performed and/or recorded with Dizzy GIllespie, Machito, Mario Bauza, Eddie Palmieri, Mongo Santamaria, Johnny Pacheco, Larry Harlow, Celia Cruz, Cachao, Paul Simon, Manhattan Transfer, Joe Jackson, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Babatunde Olatunji, Ladji Camara, Katherine Dunham and the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, among others.
He has extensive experience in theatre, film and television; Arthur Penn’s “Night Moves”, Leon Ichaso’s “Crossover Dreams”, Ang Lee’s “Eat, Drink, Man, Woman”, “Kojak” and “Private Eye.”Recognized as an expert in the performance of Afro-Caribbean ritual music, he is also the founder and Director of the “Patakin” and“Carambu” folkloric dance ensembles which performed as part of Caribbean Cultural Center’s “Sacred Drums” Festival Tour (1991).
Louis is the director of the the Latin Percussion Department as well as the Harbor Stage Band and curator of the “Raices Project” (an archival chapter in the history of Latin music) at the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts in New York. In addition to playing Advanced Folkloric Music, he is also a gifted arranger and educator.