Pepe Valdez is a Peruvian/American guitarist, composer and educator based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. A versatile musician, Valdez is at ease playing straight ahead jazz, rock, pop, as well as playing folk music from Latin America. Valdez keeps a busy and active schedule, working as as High School Guitar teacher and as freelance musician and composer.
Valdez studied privately in Lima, Perú before he left to study music abroad. He landed in Sao Paulo, Brazil where he studied Brazilian Music and Jazz at Conservatorio Souza Lima for 2 years. He then relocated to Denton, Texas where he completed both his Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance at the University of North Texas. During his time at UNT Valdez won 3 DownBeat Student Music Awards for being part of ensembles, including one for leading his own quintet.
Valdez recently released an album with his Electric Trio called Mm mm which can be found on all streaming platforms. The trio performs original music that pay homage to rock, blues, jazz and funk. Valdez also released his first book "Triadic Concepts for Guitar" which is out as a PDF and in the works to become published and available for sale.
Valdez has been recently leading "Encuentros Latinoamericanos" a musical residency at Revelers Hall in the Bishop Arts district where he leads a group of musicians that play traditional music from Latin America every Thursday night.