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Albert Rivera

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 four albums, Re-Introduction, Inner Peace (Turnaround Records) Back At It and Live at the Litchfield Jazz Festival (Truth Revolution Records) was warmly embraced by critics, who call Albert and his bandmates,“ young artists who are part of the next wave in this jazz ritual.” (Downbeat Magazine)

Albert Rivera’s musical journey began at the prestigious Laguardia High School in New York City and continued throughout the summers at the Litchfield Jazz Camp. After finishing attending the New School University Jazz and Contemporary music conservatory, he began a career in music that sees him today, a seasoned performer, educator and producer at 36. Albert has garnered awards and has a successful career both as a sideman and a leader. He won the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award in 2009 and the 2012 Chamber Music American Residency Grant. Critics have called him “a modern Jazz Messenger.” (Hartford Courant – Owen McNally) Rivera, equally at home now on soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, has a distinct style which he says was greatly influenced by classic jazz greats like John Coltrane and Joe Henderson.

As a performer, he has regularly appeared in his hometown of New York in venues like Zinc Bar, Smalls Jazz Club, Blue Note, and others. He maintains a busy travel schedule performing in venues throughout the USA including various cities in Connecticut, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Georgia, Florida, California, Georgia, and countless others. His collaborators in the past have included Don Braden, Jimmy Greene, Claudio Roditi, Avery Sharpe, Rachel Z, and a stint with the great legendary pianist Junior Mance. At the Litchfield Jazz Camp and Jazz Festival, where he is the current Director of Operations, he appears with his own group and faculty stars like Matt Wilson, Paul Bollenback and Dave Stryker.

Rivera’s musical journey has led him to a rewarding career as an educator. He was a long-time artist/composer/band director in residence for a large middle school project each year, including Project Poetry Live, run by Litchfield Performing Arts which served 800 to 1000 students annually. He created a program for the Miami Arts Charter School (Miami, FL) to help children continue to learn about the jazz language. He is often a guest artist, lecturer, and clinician in various programs nationally and internationally.

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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

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Sonny Rollins
saxophone
John Coltrane
saxophone
Kenny Garrett
saxophone, alto
Joshua Redman
saxophone

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Putt Lake Toodleloo

GotMusic Records
2022

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Back At It

Truth Revolution Records
2015

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Inner Peace

Turnaround Records
2010

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Re-Introduction

Turnaround Records
2008

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Hope and Faith

Rival Music
0

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Remember When - Live At The Litchfield Jazz Festival

From: Remember When - Live At The...
By Albert Rivera

Distance Of Your Smile

From: Back At It
By Albert Rivera

Back At It

From: Back At It
By Albert Rivera

He Said, She Said

From: Back At It
By Albert Rivera

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