Efraïm Trujillo was born in Lynwood, California.
He started playing the clarinet at the age of nine but later fell in love with the saxophone. Since 1980, Efraïm has been living in Amsterdam where he studied at the 'Sweelinck' conservatory with Tim Armacost and Jan Menu. He received his U.M. (uitvoerend musicus) degree in 1994. The 'Fonds v/d Scheppende Toonkunst' granted Efraïm Trujillo in 1995 - 98 and 2001 - 2006 a 'compositie-opdracht' and in 2002 a 'stupendium'. His compositions are released on numerous CD's. With 'New Cool Collective' he recorded the Edison rewarded cd 'Big'. The latest CD of The Ploctones '050' is nominated for the Edison Award 2009.
Efraïm Trujillo has played in The Netherlands at all major jazz-venues with among others; The Ploctones, Fra Fra Sound and New Cool Collective Big Band, he also toured in the US, Jamaica, Tunis, Malta, Cuba, Senegal, Ghana and South-Africa. Furthermore he collaborated and recorded with; Benny Bailey, Toumani Diabate, Bootsy Collins, Lester Bowie and David Murray. Efraïm is a passioned teacher.
He is giving workshops around the world