Music of the Americas

  1. Ron Abel

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    Ron Abel, the multi-award winning composer, producer, arranger, orchestrator, conductor and musical director whose client list ranges from multi-million selling pop diva Taylor Dayne to opera diva and Kennedy Center Honoree, Jessye Norman can currently by seen on the new Fran Drescher TV Land television series, “Happily Divorced” playing himself. 

    Abel was personally honored recently and named among the Great American Composers…

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  2. Ludwig Afonso

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    Ludwig Afonso was born January 21, 1978 in Havana, Cuba and came to Miami, Florida in 1980.  He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Music and Jazz Performance from the University of Miami in May 2002.  As a student of the University of Miami, Afonso was given the chance to play in the school’s top ensembles, performing with Maria Schneider, Tony Mendoza, and Bob Berg.  While in Miami, Afonso also performed with such…

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  3. Gabriel Alegría

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    Gabriel Alegría combines his experience playing jazz as it developed in the U.S. with a passionate interest and careful study of the black music of coastal Perú. By incorporating and exploring the common African roots found in both styles, he has developed a uniquely Afro-Peruvian jazz music concept. The rich legacy of the black music of coastal Perú can be heard in a contemporary jazz context. In all of Alegría’s work, a cross-cultural…

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  4. Lucie Arnaz

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    Lucie Arnaz began her career in a recurring role on The Lucy Show, opposite her mother, Lucille Ball. At age 15, she became a series regular on Here’s Lucy, a show which ran for six seasons. She starred in her own series, The Lucie Arnaz Show and later in the critically acclaimed Sons & Daughters on CBS.

    On the big screen, Arnaz starred in movies such as The Jazz Singer opposite Neil Diamond…

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  5. Sharon Bezaly

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    Described by The Times (UK) as ‘God’s gift to the flute’, Sharon Bezaly was chosen as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ by the prestigious Klassik Echo in Germany in 2002 and as ‘Young Artist of the Year’ at the Cannes Classical Awards in 2003. Hailed as a flautist ‘virtually without peer in the world today’ on ClassicsToday.com, Sharon Bezaly has inspired renowned composers as diverse as Sofia Gubaidulina…

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  6. Willy Chirino

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    Willy Chirino combines the musical traditions of Cuba with American rock and jazz, helping to create the Miami Sound of Salsa music. The Cuban-born, South Florida-based, vocalist and bandleader boasts a musical repertoire of over 100 songs and 30 albums, making him one of the most emblematic Tropical music acts internationally.  A demonstration of his talent is that more than 60 artists have covered his hit Soy, among…

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  7. Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra

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    The Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra is devoted to classical and choral music and the lyrical arts. It is part of Costa Rica’s National Music Center, an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

    In 1940, Uruguayan Conductor Hugo Mariani and Costa Rican Conductor Alfredo Serrano founded the National Symphony Orchestra, part of the Ministry of Public Education.  In 1970, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports…

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  8. Tomas Cotik

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    Violinist Tomas Cotik, currently pursuing his doctorate in violin performance at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, is an internationally recognized chamber musician, soloist, and orchestra musician.  First prize winner of the National Broadcast Music Competition in his native Argentina in 1997, Cotik has concertized in Germany, Holland, Canada, Argentina, Japan, and throughout the U.S., participating in over 15 international…

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  9. Ramón de Bruyn

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    Raised in South Africa, Ramón de Bruyn, appearing in ¡CELEBRACIÓN! with Gabriel Alegria, started out playing guitar and picked up the electric bass at the age of 13. While pursuing his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Cape Town, he started studying the double bass and piano. He has played with artists such as Sibongile Khumalo, Winston Mankunku, Neo Muyanga, Deborah Tanguy, Frank Paco as well been part of various ensembles…

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  10. Luis Enrique

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    With more than 20 years of successful artistic experience, Luis Enrique, is without a doubt, the most prominent Nicaraguan singer/songwriter of all times. With 3 Latin Grammy Awards, an American Grammy, 4 Premio Lo Nuestro, 4 Latin Billboard Awards, 2 Premios Ronda as well and many more recognitions he is one of the most respected artist in the Latin entertainment industry. Better known as “El Príncipe de la Salsa”, this versatile…

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  11. Gloria Estefan

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    Gloria Estefan is a seven-time Grammy award-winning singer, actress, songwriter, author of two New York Times best-selling children’s books, philanthropist and humanitarian. She is considered one of the world’s most recognizable and beloved performers and one of the most successful crossover artists in Latin music history, having received recognition for her achievements as an international superstar in both the Latin and non-Hispanic…

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  12. Paulinho Garcia

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    Guitarist, vocalist, and composer Paulinho Garcia exemplifies Brazilian music, earning “Best International Brazilian Vocalist 2013” from the Brazilian International Press Award, and “Brazilian Person of the Year 2010” by The Brazil Club.  The multi-talented Garcia was also named “Chicagoan of the Year in Jazz 2010” from the Chicago Tribune and “Chicago’s Best Jazz Entertainer 2001” from the Chicago Music Awards.

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  13. Fernando Gonzalez

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    Writer and Editor Fernando González regularly contributes to The Miami Herald, Jazz Times, The International Review of Music, Latingrammy.com, and other publications.  As a music journalist, González has been Managing Editor of JAZZIZ, correspondent for The Washington Post, and staff music critic for The Miami Herald and The Boston Globe.  He was Managing Editor of El Sitio.com United…

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  14. Hansel y Raul

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    Hansel Enrique Martinez and Raul Alfonso were born in Cuba. Their musical careers began in 1976 New York City as vocalists and co-founders of the world famous Charanga ‘76.  In 1983, they formed what is now considered the most dynamic and successful duo in the history of Latin tropical music. They are international recording stars and renowned composers who have performed their Charanga based music all over the…

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  15. Juan Pablo Jofre

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    Bandoneonist Juan Pablo Jofre has brought his form of contemporary tango to some of the most important venues in Asia, Europe, America and the Caribbean as soloist, composer and arranger.

    As a performer, Jofre earned Argentina’s highly competitive National Arts Grant to study with legendary Astor Piazzolla’s Sextet bandoneon player, Julio Pane in Buenos Aires.  Jofre has collaborated with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,…

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  16. Yuri Juárez

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    Appearing in ¡CELEBRACIÓN! with Gabriel Alegria, Yuri Martín Juárez Yllescas is a Peruvian guitarist, arranger and composer who began his career in 1996 as guitarist for various groups of Afro-Peruvian music, folk, and fusion. Juárez’s musical training ranges from formal studies with the Afro-Peruvian masters of the guitar Pepé Torres, Alvaro Lagos, and Jorge Madueño and more “street” experience in Afro-Peruvian peñas.

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  17. Trudy Kane

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    Trudy Kane, associate professor of Flute, joined the faculty of the University of Miami Frost School of Music in 2008 after 32 seasons as principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera. She received both a BM and MM from the Juilliard School of Music. Upon graduation she freelanced and spent two years as a regular extra with the New York Philharmonic. Kane is active in the commercial recording field and can be heard on the soundtracks of many…

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  18. Laura Andrea Leguía

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    Appearing in ¡CELEBRACIÓN!, saxophonist and composer Laura Andrea Leguía has participated in Gabriel Alegría’s Afro-Peruvian jazz projects since their inception in the year 2000. She contributed the title track of the album Un Rezo and is featured prominently on two tracks on Nuevo Mundo. Leguía has toured the USA, Latin America, Europe and Canada with various Afro-Peruvian jazz projects and her performing and recording…

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  19. Gary Lindsay

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    Grammy-nominated Gary Lindsay is professor and program director, Studio Jazz Writing, at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Lindsay is an arranger, composer, performer, educator and author. He holds degrees in music from the University of Rhode Island and the University of Miami.  As an arranger/composer, Gary has worked with Maynard Ferguson, Michael Brecker, Pat Metheny, Jose Feliciano, Gloria Estefan, Arturo Sandoval,…

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  20. Ivan Lins

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    Multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Ivan Lins is one of Brazil’s most beloved music superstars. His career has spanned 35 years and 27 records, with over 350 songs recorded in Brazil and hundreds more around the world.

    Ivan Lins first hit was “Madalena”, followed by “O Amor É o Meu País”, “Começar de Novo”, “Desesperar Jamais”, “Aos Nossos Filhos” and “Vitoriosa”, all sung…

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  21. Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón

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    A master percussionist and zapateo dancer, Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón is appearing in ¡CELEBRACIÓN! with Gabriel Alegria. He has performed and toured internationally with Afro-Peruvian music luminaries and played and composed for Eva Ayllón, Peru Negro, Lucila Campos, Guajaja, and la Peña Don Porfirio. A member of Peru’s legendary Lobatón family, Lobatón began developing his skills at the age of four watching his father’s…

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  22. Eduardo Marturet

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    Eduardo Marturet, appearing in TRUMPET VIRTUOSO ARTURO SANDOVAL, enjoys an active career on three continents. Currently the Music Director and Conductor of The Miami Symphony Orchestra, he is a frequent guest conductor in Europe and remains deeply involved in the musical life of his native Venezuela. In 2006, Marturet received a Latin Grammy nomination…

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  23. Pablo Menares

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    Appearing in ¡CELEBRACION! with Gabriel Alegría, Pablo Menares is one of the most important young bass players in Chile. In 2009, he moved from Chile to New York City.  His bass playing is considered to be elegant, musical and lyric, while firmly rooted in swing and polyrhythmic concepts.  Menares has performed and/or recorded with all the of the leading jazz musicians in Chile including: Christian Galvez, Claudio Rubio, Andy…

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  24. Carlos Oliva

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    Cuban-born vocalist and percussionist Carlos Oliva arrived in Miami in 1961, where he formed Los Sobrinos del Juez, (The Judge’s Nephews), specializing in a new, inter-cultural sound.  This fusion of Cuban music, salsa, afro beats, samba, jazz and rock became known as “The Miami Sound.”  Oliva has produced and directed many other musical groups, including Miami Sound Machine.

    A prolific commercial composer, Oliva…

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  25. Astor Piazzolla

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    Legendary composer Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) redefined classical Argentinian tango by infusing it with jazz and classical techniques to create New Tango.  His output includes more than 1000 works, and continues to influence the best musicians in the world, including violinist Gidon Kremer, cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Mstislav Rostropovich, the Kronos Quartet, pianist Emanuel Ax, guitarist Al Di Meola, and numerous others.

    A virtuoso…

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  26. Arturo Sandoval

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    Arturo Sandoval is one of the most dynamic jazz trumpeters of our time.  A protégé of the legendary Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba.  His mixture of jazz, classical, rock and traditional Cuban music has earned 6 Billboard Awards and 9 GRAMMY Awards, including two for his latest albums, Dear Diz (Everyday I think of you) and Tango Como Yo Te Siento

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  27. Jon Secada

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    Three-time Grammy winner Jon Secada is an international superstar.  With sales of more than 20 million albums worldwide, Secada is also a veteran of Broadway, television, and an accomplished producer.
    After earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Jazz Vocal Performance at the University of Miami, Secada joined Gloria Estefan’s band as a background singer.  He composed several ballads for Estefan, including the…

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  28. José Serebrier

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    Conductor and composer José Serebrier is among the most recorded artists ever, with thirty-nine Grammy nominations, the Latin Grammy for “Best Classical Album”, and nominations for “Best New Composition”  As the founder and first Artistic Director of Festival Miami, Serebrier commissioned and conducted many important world premieres. Born in Uruguay, Serebrier was 17 when Leopold Stokowski premiered Serebrier’s First…

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  29. Fred Sturm

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    Jazz composer and conductor Fred Sturm has appeared with professional jazz ensembles and radio orchestras in Germany, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Scotland, and Norway, and his works have been performed by ensembles, orchestras, wind ensembles, and chamber groups worldwide, featuring renowned artists Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Bob Brookmeyer, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Gary Burton, Arild Andersen, and John Scofield.

    In 2003, Sturm…

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  30. Suénalo

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    Latin funk. Fusion. Jam band. Multicultural cocktail. The sound of Miami. Afro-Latin-Baby-Makin’-Descarga-Funk. These are names that have been used to describe Suénalo, and they are all on the money. To a point anyway, because even the lengthy hyphenated description the band came up with themselves to describe their hard-to-pin-down style all fall short of the true breadth of what they represent.

    It’s the result of a 10-year…

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  31. Tiempo Libre

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    Three-time Grammy®-nominated Tiempo Libre is one the hottest young Latin bands today.  Equally at home in concert halls, jazz clubs and dance venues, the members of the Miami-based band are true modern heirs to the rich music tradition of their native Cuba. The group is celebrated for its incendiary performances of timba, an irresistible, dance-inducing mix of high-voltage Latin jazz and the seductive rhythms of son. Since their formation…

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  32. Shirazette Tinnin

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    Appearing in ¡CELEBRACIÓN! with Gabriel Alegría, Shirazette Tinnin, also known as “She Beats,” is a native of North Carolina. It was at Appalachian State University that she found her true love for drum set and her true belonging in jazz music. She began performing in the jazz ensembles, and small combos as well as performing with her jazz professor Todd Wright on a regular basis while in school.

    In 2005, Tinnin was the runner-up…

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  33. Nestor Torres

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    If a flute could talk and sing, it would certainly be in the voice of Nestor Torres, for he speaks through his instrument. Equally fluent in Jazz, Classical and Latin idioms, his fluid versatility sets him apart. Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Torres moved to NYC with his family in his teenage years and went on to study at Mannes School of Music and later at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. At that time he was also learned…

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  34. Trio Da Paz

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    With three of Brazil’s most in-demand musicians, Trio da Paz updates and redefines Brazilian Jazz with their harmonically adventurous interactions, daring improvisations and dazzling rhythms.  Trio da Paz was formed in 1990 by guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Nilson Matta, and drummer Duduka da Fonseca, all seasoned masters of both jazz and Brazilian music.

    The members of Trio da Paz have recorded and performed with an…

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  35. Ana Flavia Zuim

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    Ana Flavia Zuim is a voice instructor for musical theatre at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She is also an accomplished pianist, conductor, and musical director. Her teaching experience includes voice, piano and electric bass, both at her private studio, and at the University of Miami, New World School of the Arts, Barry University, and Florida Atlantic University. She was assistant director for FAU Tops Camp in 2008 and…

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Music of the Americas