Gabriel Alegria Afro Peruvian Sextet

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Direct from Peru! Dynamic Trumpeter leads Sextet for hot night of Latin Jazz at Nighttown!

“Incredible! We Americans sometimes have a bastardized idea of Latin Music. It is great to get this information straight from the source and presented the way it is supposed to be.” –Christian McBride

“Every once in a while there comes a musician who, when playing his or her chosen instrument, seems to carry within a vital life-force that is irrepressible. Nuevo Mundo, abounding in energy and innovation could very well be one of the most memorable musical testaments to the meeting of jazz and its seeming alter-ego Afro-Peruvian music.” - Latin Jazz Network

These musicians have a very strong local and regional following including fans from New York City that have traveled as far as Perú to see them perform. They also have received rave reviews in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York, Los Angeles Times, Downbeat Magazine, and the use of the band’s image on 300,000 McDonald’s publicity trays confirms the Afro-Peruvian Sextet’s current impact on the international music world. Highlights from the press include the following:

"Sharp new album!" - The New York Times

“An immersion in the black music of Peru’s coastal regions.” - Time Out New York

“A fascinating glimpse into how jazz is fusing with regional music around the world” - LA Weekly

“Wonderful hand percussion and stickmanship” - DOWNBEAT Magazine

“A new chapter in the history of Latin Jazz” - Rifftides

Afro-Peruvian jazz music is the most recent expression to come from South America’s rich cultural and musical heritage. The band culls its repertoire from four chart-topping albums that soared to the top of World Music and Jazz Charts in North America. High-energy execution of African rhythms from coastal Perú constitutes the centerpiece of each Afro-Peruvian Sextet performance. The musicians use the quijada (jaw-bone of a donkey), the Peruvian cajón (box drum) and flashy passages of zapateo dancing in performance.
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