Richie Zellon

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Richie Zellon

Richie Zellon (guitarist, composer, arranger and educator) was born in Lima, Peru of American and Brazilian parents. Since the early 1980's he has been a pioneer of what is often referred to as the “sudaca” or South American jazz movement.

AS ARTIST, in Peru he recorded his first album, “Landologia” in 1982 for the Fonovox label. The recording featured Zellon's unique compositions merging the percussive music of Peru's black population with jazz for the first time resulting in what has become known as Afro-Peruvian Jazz. Legendary American jazz musician, Jimmy Heath who met Zellon during one of his performances in Peru and was intrigued by his unique style, wrote the liner notes. Upon moving to Central Florida in the late 80’s he worked for 3 years as guitarist with the late Jesse Stone (co-founder of Atlantic Records and producer for Ray Charles & many jazz and R&B stars)....
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“With musicians like Richie Zellon, the future of Latin Jazz is in good hands.” – Luc Dellanoy (from the book, Caliente: A History of Latin Jazz)

“a phenomenal guitarist who is possessed with a magical tone... whose ideas are based on a mystical musical map that doffs its proverbial hat to Jimi Hendrix as much as it does to Miles Davis.” - The Latin Jazz Network

“If there is one contemporary musician who truly personifies the successful synthesis of the myriad pan-American genres into unconventional and compelling new forms, it is undoubtedly Lima, Peru-born guitarist, composer, and all around music alchemist Richie Zellon”- Americas

“…the greatest catalyst of the Afro-Peruvian jazz idiom” - Latin Beat

“When we speak of fusion in Peru, the name of Richie Zellon is prominent. ” -La Primera (Lima,Peru)

“This is what the next chapter in the merger of jazz and Latin music sounds like.” - Bob Blumenthal BOSTON GLOBE

As Leader: ·The Afro-Peruvian Jazz Sessions - Richie Zellon (Songosaurus 724784) feat. Alex Acuña, Justo Almario, Ignacio Berroa, Jerry Bergonzi, Dave Liebman, Paquito D’ Rivera, Danilo Perez, Dave Samuels, Edward Simon · Café Con Leche - Richie Zellon (Songosaurus 724772) feat. Paquito D’ Rivera, Danilo Perez, Bob Moses, Jerry Bergonzi, Justo Almario, & Abraham Laboriel · The Nazca Lines - Richie Zellon (Songosaurus 724773) feat. George Garzone, Alex Acuña, Ignacio Berroa , JL. Madueño · Metal Caribe - Richie Zellon (Songosaurus 724778) feat. Dave Samuels, Edward Simon, Alex Acuña, Manfredo Fest, Jerry Bergonzi ,Dave Liebman & Oscar Stagñaro Landologia - Richie Zellon (Songosaurus 724786) ·An Evening of South American Jazz - Richie Zellon (Songosaurus 724783) feat. Carlos Averoff, Federico Britos, Richard Drexler, Manuel Valera, Leo Brooks,Manuel Valera Jr., Sammy Figueroa & Goetz Kujack ·Son de Las Americas - Richie Zellon (Songosaurus 724785) feat. Richard Drexler, Steve Davis, Saulo Almeida & Tony Sucar As Producer/ Sideman: · Chilcano - Jose Luis Madueño (Songosaurus 724774) · Cookin’ For You -Eddie Marshall (Songosaurus 724775) · Picasso’s Dog - The High Pockets (Songosaurus 724776) · Planeta Banana - Maria Farinha (Songosaurus 724777) · Luces da Cidade - Laura Valle (Songosaurus 724779) · El Angel - Oscar Feldman (Songosaurus 724780) · Mariela’s Dream - Oscar Stagñaro (Songosaurus 724781) · Señor Juan Brahms - Richard Drexler (Songosaurus 724782 ) · The Blues: Lee’s Way - Lee Miles Stone (SGS 103) · Songs from Planet Love - Lee Miles Stone (SGS 105)

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Miami, FL

Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students

Have held teaching positions as professor of jazz guitar at Florida International University (Miami) the University of South Florida (Tampa) The Music Workshop (Orlando) and Miami Jazz Guitar. References Available! Please call 786-553-3351 for available hours and rates or visit

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Clinics on jazz and Latin American music include various music schools throughout the years such as the New England Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, Jacksonville University, the University of South Florida, Universidad Catolica (Lima,Peru)and more. References Available!

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