Born: September 11, 1959
Howard University played a pivotal role in the musical development of guitarist Andre Avelino. Howard Univ. was populated by a sizeable community of diverse global origins; Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Costa Rica, California, Mississippi, Alabama, New York etc. etc., all of which helped to nurture ones artistic sensibilities. While obtaining his BA in jazz studies, Avelino was exposed to great cultural traditions and superb instruction. Extremely talented students, many of whom are luminaries in the music world today such as Geri Allen, Wallace Roney, Clarence Seay, Chad Evans, Twinkie Clark, Greg Osby, Gary Thomas, and the late Noble Jolly among others who, because of their dedication to excellence, unknowingly inspired the aspiring guitarist. It was via the universities highly acclaimed jazz ensemble of Professor Fred Irby that Avelino gained experience in composing and recording....
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