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"The depth of his performances and his energy [are] an inspiration for his colleagues and his audiences."- Jabali Billy Hart
"In my estimation he is a living jazz master."- Mike Longo
Santi (b. Panama Rep. 1955) has been composing and performing upright bass and ensemble music professionally since 1982 throughout the world. His abilities as an improviser, arranger and composer have made him a favorite of such greats as Archie Shepp, Sam Rivers, Pharaoh Sanders, Oliver Lake, Freddie Hubbard and others. His work as a leader has been documented on several recordings with his groups.
He now leads the Santi Debriano Quintet with Anggie Obin, Craig Handy, Bill O'Connell and Tommy Campbell, and the bass trio Castle Magic, with bassists Essiet and Harvie S.
Debriano teaches music in a variety of settings. Along with guitarist Roni Ben and Doctor Fredrick , started the Summer Jazz Camp in San Sur , France ( now in its seventh year ), and the Adventures in Jazz Camp at Cabo , Puerto Rico.