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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