Born: June 19, 1973
Born in Lagos - Portugal, being an autodidactic musician, initiated his musical studies at about the age of seven in the city's philharmonic. In 1991 in Faro he finds a small jazz community made up of local musicians, remnant of a former jazz club. In 1994 he begins private harmony, composition and Jazz classes with Zé Eduardo, participating in several workshops throughout the country. The first Big band appears in his career through Zé Eduardo in the ..Big Band Jazz in the Philharmonic... He studies in several workshops such as the Algarve Jazz Workshop (1996), or courses given by diverse musicians such as John Nugent, Doug Weiss and Dawn Thompson, Randy Brecker, Frank Tiberi, Scott Wendholt, among many others...
... As in the case of trumpeter Hugo Alves, whose CD Given Soul is a real breath of fresh air in the new Portuguese jazz. Not because he is going for new grounds as others, or representing a new facet of a certain Portuguese jazz. For years Hugo Alves comes across our path as a soloist, an orchestra musician, and a teacher. What he presents in all this humility is music well rooted in jazz, expressed safely, with melodic invention, vivacity and absolute sense of jazz. Accompanied by a sympathetic trio with it's concepts, especially the drummer Michael Lauren, Hugo Alves, once again, affirmes to be a trumpeter of international call. (classified with ****) Raul Vaz Bernardo, Expresso - Revista Actual, 09.Fev.2008
Hugo Alves Given Soul among the Best National Jazz CDs...
Willing to teachAdvanced students only.
Credentials/BackgroundTeacher at ESMAE (superior official school of music - jazz studies), pedagogical director and teacher at EJMMA.
Clinic/Workshop InformationWorkshops all over Portugal, but also Spain, South Africa, Italy.