Born: July 23, 1983 Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor
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....
Awards:2009 Ascap Young Jazz Composers Award
Three young artist(Albert, Luques and Zaccai Curtis) who are part of the next wave in this jazz ritual Frank Alkyer, Downbeat Magazine
“Rivera has a timeless tenor tone and a special sensitivity on soprano.” Tony Hall- Jazz Wise Magazine
While Rivera's compositions are diverse, these musicians hit the pocket and sustain a powerful group dynamic. In addition to Rivera's tenor and soprano sax playing that burns on the boppers and soothes on the ballads, drummer Ralph Peterson is at the center of this session, using exquisite texture and a melodic approach to ground and augment these compositions. Elliot Simon, All About Jazz
As a versatile composer, Rivera ranges from celebratory flag-wavers to luminous ballad pieces like Greentones, illuminated with the iridescent classicism of a John Lewis piece Owen Mcnally, Hartford Courant
A fearsome young saxophonist Brain Slattery, New Haven Advocate
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.