‘Why we joined the union’

Volume 116, No. 10October, 2016

Oscar Peñas

oscar-penas-photo-by-jimmy-katzI joined Local 802 because it was time to be part of the union and also enjoy its many benefits as a member. My musical goal in New York is to keep growing and learning in this highly creative and competitive environment.  My favorite gig was playing at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., but another was playing last year at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola with Jazz at Lincoln Center. Even though I wasn’t born in the states, I enjoy the challenge of playing jazz, the most genuine American art form. I like to write original music that will hopefully be meaningful to audiences beyond the jazz world. My principal instrument is guitar (electric and nylon-string).