Alejandro Avilés is a first generation Cuban-American who comes from a long lineage of musicians. In fact, Mr. Avilés' family is being considered by the Guiness Book of World Records for having the longest, most continuous family run musical group in the world. The Orquesta Hermanos Avilés was started by his great-grandfather, Manuel Avilés, in 1882 in Holguin, Cuba, and is remarkably still in existence today.
Based in NYC, Alejandro Avilés works as an adjunct professor at Hofstra University and Hunter College teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation while performing as a versatile musician in genres ranging from straight ahead jazz, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music, to Broadway. When not on tour, you can catch Alejandro perform in many of New York's most renowned jazz clubs including: Smoke, Jazz Standard, Zinc Bar, Smalls, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz Gallery, Iridium, Fat Cat, Birdland, and Blue Note.
Alejandro Avilés graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a Master's Degree in Jazz and Commercial Performance. While in Manhattan, Alejandro had the opportunity to study with some of the city's finest jazz musicians including saxophonists Dick Oatts, Rich Perry, and arrangers Mike Abene and the late Manny Albam.
After graduating from Manhattan School of Music, Alejandro relocated to Puerto Rico where he had the opportunity to share the stage with some of the giants of Latin jazz today. These include performances with Giovanni Hidalgo, Charlie Sepulveda, Hilton Ruiz, Jerry Gonzalez, Miguel Zenon, Dave Valentine, and a couple of memorable performances with jazz masters Danilo Perez and David Sanchez.