Son Latinos
Fernando González moderating a panel with Bebo, Chucho y Leyanis Valdés
at the Festival "Son Latinos"

Fernando González is an independent arts writer, critic and editor. He contributes regularly to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation blog, The Miami Herald, Artburst Miami, and specialized publications such as Jazz Times and JAZZIZ. His column Jazz With an Accent appears on The International Review of Music blog. He is also the Associate Editor of The Latin GRAMMY Print & Special Projects for The Latin Recording Academy (2011-present).
González is currently working on a book with, and about, Cuban pianist, composer and bandleader Chucho Valdés.

His career in print journalism includes stints as Managing Editor of JAZZIZ, a monthly magazine (2003-2008); Columnist for Downbeat magazine (2000-2003); Correspondent for The Washington Post (2000-2004); and Staff Writer for The Miami Herald (1993-1999) and The Boston Globe (1988-1993).
He has also contributed to National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, was the Managing Editor of El Sitio.com, a pioneering bilingual web startup (1999) and a columnist, writing in Spanish, for Eritmo.com, a Latin music website (2000-2002). He has also written program notes for Jazz@ Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Edinburgh International Festival, as well as features for USA Today’s Hispanic Living Magazine and Grammy.com.



González has been also active as curator, record producer, radio host, translator, arts administrator and television writer. He won an Emmy as writer and producer and was nominated for a GRAMMY for album notes.
Highlights include:

  • Curating and producing the music and film program accompanying the exhibit A Tres Bandas  (Sept 5 - Oct 27, 2013), about the confluence of Hispanic, Indigenous and African cultures in the Américas, at the Centro Cultural Español (Spanish Cultural Center ) in Miami, FL.
  • Receiving a GRAMMY nomination for album notes for Pablo Aslan´s Piazzolla in Brooklyn (Soundbrush), a recording of jazz-tango (2012)
  • Designing and teaching a program on multidisciplinary work at the Global Jazz Institute at Berklee College of Music in Boston (2011)
  • Producing and hosting Jazz With an Accent®, a 10 hour series on global jazz for 88.9 FM WDNA in Miami (2010)
  • Working as Program coordinator for ARTERIA, a cultural network in Ibero-America developed by Spain’s Fundación Autor, part of the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (General Society of Authors and Publishers or SGAE). Also, Project manager of the launching of a new music school in Valencia, Spain, a joint undertaking by SGAE and Berklee College of Music (2007-2009)
  • Curating the Jazz Programming for the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center, in Miami (2005-2007)
  • Translating and annotating Astor Piazzolla, A Memoir (Amadeus Press), the autobiography of Argentine New Tango composer Astor Piazzolla. (2001)
  • Consulting for Amazon.com and visiting scholar for The Smithsonian Associates, Washington, DC. 

González won an Emmy and a Gabriel Award as Senior Editor and Writer for Notes From The Mambo Inn: The Story of Mario Bauzá (WGBH, Boston, 1991). He was also nominated for an Emmy and received a Gold Award from CPB as Associate Producer and Writer for En Clave, (WGBH, Boston, 1992) an hour-long special on Latin music hosted by singer Rubén Blades.

Fernando González was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is fully bilingual in Spanish and English. He majored in math at the University of Buenos Aires before switching to pursue music full time. In 1977 he moved to the United States to attend Berklee College of Music, majoring in Composition/Film Music.
González is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (GRAMMY®) and the Jazz Journalist Association and a charter member of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Latin GRAMMY ®)