Trumpets TP612N and PT622
of the most influential figures on the current jazz scene in Perú, Gabriel
Alegria was born into an artistic family in Lima in 1970. Alegria’s
grandfather Ciro was Peru’s most famous novelist and his father Alonso is
Perú’s most acclaimed playwright.
principal project is called The Afro-Peruvian Sextet. He currently tours in
support of the band’s latest release Ciudad
de los Reyes (City of Kings – Saponegro February 2013) which includes
twelve new pieces of music showcasing a breathtaking range of cultural sounds
emanating from Black Coastal Perú. The CD’s piece “Carrusel de Luces” was named
NPR’s top latin jazz composition of 2013.
The CD includes collaborations with formidable native Afro-Peruvian
artists Freddy “Huevito” Lobaton (Peruvian percussion – cajon, quijada, cajita), Hugo Alcázar (drums), Yuri Juárez (acoustic
guitar) and Laura Andrea Leguía (saxophones). The CD also features 5-time
grammy winner John Benitez on bass and Shirazette Tinnin on drums. Ciudad de los Reyes is a tribute to Lima,
the capital city of Perú.
the course of a career that has spanned the globe, Alegría has appeared in
concert and/or on recordings with Arturo O’Farrill, Maria Schneider, Placido
Domingo, Kenny Werner, Ingrid Jensen, Tierney Sutton, The Peruvian National Symphony,
Bill Watrous, Russ Ferrante and Alex Acuña.
Most recently Gabriel completed the groundbreaking “Tour Peru”, a new
model in touring that includes fans that accompany the Afro-Peruvian Sextet
throughout Peru. He has also performed
concerts for the United Nations and various diplomatic missions from around the
world. The Afro-Peruvian Sextet has
appeared in over 600 concerts and master classes throughout North America in
major venues throughout the 50 States.
combines his experience playing jazz as it developed in the U.S. with a
passionate interest and careful study of the black music of coastal Perú. By incorporating and exploring the common
African roots found in both styles, he has developed a uniquely Afro-Peruvian
jazz music concept. The rich legacy of the black music of coastal Perú can be
heard in a New York City jazz context.
Alegría has carefully defined Afro-Peruvian jazz music as the newest
voice to come from Latin America. His
previous three albums on Saponegro (Nuevo Mundo, 2008; Pucusana, 2010; El
Secreto del Jazz Afroperuano 2012) garnered 16 Latin Jazz corner awards
including album of the year. All About
Jazz awarded the prestigious “Latin Jazz Album of the year” category to The
Professor of Jazz at New York University, Alegria earned a doctorate in jazz
studies from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree from the
City University of New York and a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College. His knowledge of Afro-Peruvian music is the
result of fieldwork and growing up in Perú learning from the art form’s