Born: January 25, 1971 Primary Instrument: Bass
Alexis Cuadrado Bassist, Composer, Bandleader
A native of Barcelona and resident in New York since 1999, Alexis Cuadrado is an active member of the city¹s jazz scene. He currently leads the Alexis Cuadrado Quartet, an outlet for his compositions, and the band Alexis Cuadrado-Trio Ibérico, in which he explores his Spanish heritage mixing it with contemporary improvised music.
Cuadrado has published two CDs as a leader: Metro (Fresh Sound New Talent 2001) and Visual (FSNT 2004). These CD include all-original compositions and have received enthusiastic reviews from both critics and fans. He can also be heard in the 3 Cds of the band Algu�-mia (U, Dos, and Standards) that he co-lead in Spain in the 1990¹s. Alexis also appears on several albums with many artists including the Ben Waltzer/Bill McHenry Quartet, Chris Kase, Orquestra de Cambra teatre Lliure conducted by Llu�-s Vidal, Nuno Ferreira, Kris Bauman Quartet featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel, Erik Jekabson, Alan Ferber Nonet, and John Chin Trio featuring Mark Turner.
Alexis has also performed around the globe with artists such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Bruce Barth, Ben Monder, Perico Sambeat or Angelique Kidjo and he keeps busy freelancing with different bands in New York, the US and Europe.
Cuadrado graduated from the Taller De Músics in Barcelona (1993) he went on to study with the legendary concert bass master François Rabbath in Paris (1995-98). In 2001 he obtained a Master¹s Degree in Jazz Performance and Composition at the Aaron Copland School Of Music-Queens College (NY). He has been teaching since 1993 and has been a guest lecturer and clinician in jazz schools and workshops worldwide.
Alexis is currently working on a few different projects: A new quartet album to be published in 2007, a Trio Ibérico CD that will see the light in early 2008, and just finished his first film soundtrack for the short “Terapia” directed by the up and coming Spanish filmmaker Juanjo Martinez.
Cuadrado's sextet makes an impression on Visual. --Ron Wynn JAZZTIMES
Visual is consistently good music by a smart, lateral-thinking musician. --Nate Dorward CADENCE
Visual is a delicatessen for the true jazz gourmets. --Pere Pons, AVUI
There's no doubt about his distinctiveness --Jack Cooke, JAZZ REVIEW (U.K.)
The Future of Spanish Jazz is in good hands --Miquel Jurado, EL PAÍS
In addition of being an excellent soloist, Alexis Cuadrado is a high-class composer. --Vicente Ménsua, CUADERNOS DE JAZZ
Cuadrado is hammering out a signature sound. --Peter Aaron ALLABOUTJAZZ.COM
From his Bass, Alexis Cuadrado demonstrated being a consistent rhythm generator, unhesitant to incorporate traits of contemporary music and percussive effects to his already spectacular use of the instrument. --Karles Torra, LA VANGUARDIA
Alexis cuadrado, a great creator that came from New York --Pamela Navarrete, DIARI DE TERRASSA
On Metro, Cuadrado confirms his solidity as a composer, and a great ability to feature his wonderful musicians. --J. A. Cararach, EL PERI�DICO DE CATALUNYA
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.