Born: July 23, 1983
Contemporary, smooth, and eclectic--three words that just begin to describe Albert Rivera, a modern Jazz Messenger with one of the most exciting and sought-after saxophone sounds in today's jazz scene. His first album, Re-Introduction (Turnaround Records), was warmly embraced by critics, who call Albert and his two band mates, Luques and Zaccai Curtis, three young artists who are part of the next wave in this jazz ritual. His new album, Inner Peace, is due out in August on Turnaround Records.
Inner Peace will be the latest accomplishment in Rivera's acclaimed musical career. Born in Bronx, NY, Albert began playing as a classical musician at age ten, and he made his first appearance at Carnegie Hall two years later. When studying at the selective LaGuardia High School for Music and Arts program, Rivera discovered jazz, and he was instantly hooked. I was speechless the first time I heard Charlie Parker and John Coltrane....
Awards2009 Ascap Young Jazz Composers Award
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