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Pinke Records is a boutique label & production group located in San Jose, California.


My name is Christian Vela from San Jose California. I learned to play guitar in junior high school and formed my first band as part of a seventh grade science project. I've worked in performing arts theatres as a production technician since I was in high school. I studied Music Technology at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills California. I grew up playing and touring in Latin, Ska, Jazz, Reggae and Punk bands. I'm fluent in English & Spanish and can moderately comprehend Portuguese, French and Italian. Playing music and working in production are my passions.


Currently, I'm the Senior Production Manager at
SFJAZZ in San Francisco, Production Manager for the annual San Francisco Jazz Festival and I also Tour & Production Manage various artists and organizations. I also play guitar and sing in my garage doo-wop band Los Hot Boxers. Pinke Records has become a multifaceted outlet for my production work.


Artists I've had the pleasure to have worked with include:
Amadou & Mariam, Manu Chao, Brothers of Brazil (Supla & João Suplicy), Fishbone, Robert Glasper, Wynton Marsalis & Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Arturo Sandoval, Herbie Hancock, Chucho Valdes, Marc Ribot, Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, Afro Cuban All-Stars, Los Van Van, Charles Bradley, Buddy Guy, Jose James, Snarky Puppy, Maceo Parker, Natalia Lafourcade, La Santa Cecilia, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Paris Combo, Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, Mariza, Terence Blanchard, Allen Toussaint, Preservation Hall, Marcus Miller, Brad Mehldau, Pat Metheny, Veruca Salt, Gilberto Gil, Chris Botti, Queen Esther Marrow, Seun Kuti, Charles Lloyd, Aaron Neville, Roy Ayers, Christian McBride, Lila Downs, Kamasi Washington, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Diego El Cigala, Cecile McLorin Salvant & Aaron Diehl, Goran Begovic, Vijay Iyer, Brian Wilson, Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris Lucinda Williams, Herb Alpert + more.


I've also supported high profile clients & events including:
President Barack Obama at SFJAZZ, Hewlett Packard, Google, YouTube, TED Talks, New York Times, World Cafe : NPR, Old Navy, ECM Records, Salesforce, The Bold Italic, Dolby Labs, The Emmy's, Netflix, Duke Ellington's Concert of Sacred Music 50th Anniversary at Grace Cathedral + more.


My role and duties have included:
Production Manager, Tour Management, Stage Manager, Production Assistant, Artist Assistant, Event Technician, Backline Tech. - guitar, bass, piano & keys, drums & percussion, Touring & International Travel, Advance, Daily Ops, Logistics and Execution.


I've represented my clients in festivals with high production values which include:
Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Central Park Summerstage, Osheaga, Outside Lands, Austin City Limits, Montreal Jazz Festival, Van's Warped Tour + more.


I have also represented my clients across international clubs, theaters, opera houses, performing arts centers, symphony halls, radio, tv and beyond. The journey continues, working with great musicians in conjunction with great organizations.


What once started as a community service has evolved into an international hustle I refer to simply as, Pinke Records.


At your service,
Christian Vela
Pinke Impresario


'Viva Los Hot Boxers' out now on CD in our
online store. Available on iTunes. Stream it now on Spotify or iHeartRadio

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