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Gabriel Guerrero

Critically acclaimed pianist/composer Gabriel Guerrero comes from a new generation of contemporary musicians emerging in the Jazz scene. Addressing music for its drive, direction and roots rather than styles, Gabriel has gone from South American rhythms, Contemporary Improvisation, Avant Garde to the traditions of Be-Bop and Jazz. Gabriel exalts his music with a high understanding of its roots bringing his experience and diversity to the table. Born in Colombia and based in New York City for almost twenty years, Gabriel began his classical training at age five, giving concerts and TV appearances at age nine, Gabriel have performed in Jazz Festivals in South America, USA, Asia and is a high demand musician in the scene today. Gabriel has been featured on “Power of Love” the debut record by Herbie Hancock’s log time drummer Gene Jackson’s Trio NuYorx released on Whirlwind Recordings in 2018. As a leader Guerrero has performed with his own Trio for over 15 years and founding QUΔΠTUM Trio & Quartet in 2015 performing regularly in New York. Some members of his trio include drummer Rudy Royston, and bassist, Linda Oh.

” Gabriel is a real improviser ” – Jerry Bergonzi On 2012 “FEYAS” is the new released album on Surca Music, featuring seven original songs and 2 arrangements. Musicians on the album include the Gabriel Guerrero Trio featuring Jorge Roeder-bass, Eric Doob-drums,plus other line ups including Jerry Bergonzi-sax, Bruce Gertz-bass, Samuel Torres-percussion among others. The album contains songs with Colombian rhythms such as Porro, Bullerengue, as well as contemporary jazz songs showcasing Guerrero’s strong intellect and versatility on his writing and arranging. All About Jazz review on the album says “He is well on his way to staking out a claim as one of the rising pianists in contemporary jazz.”As a sideman Gabriel can be heard on the recently released Bruce Gertz Quintet recordings “Reptilian Fantasies” and “It Wasn’t Me” featuring Jerry Bergonzi, and “Panama Suite” (Artist Share 2008) by the Danilo Perez Big Band featuring Danilo Perez on electric piano and Gabriel on acoustic piano plus a 19-piece big band.

“Truly a freethinker bringing diversity to the stage” – Anthony D.J Branker He has performed with Paquito D’ Rivera, Dave Holland, Steve Coleman, Roy Hargrove, George Garzone, Mike Mainieri, Esperanza Spalding, Adam Nusbaum, Dafnis Prieto, John Riley, Mike Clark, Bob Moses, Michael Spiro, Anthony Branker, Gregg Bissonette, Michael Wimberley, Jamey Haddad, and recently performing regular gigs with the Jerry Bergonzi and the Bruce Gertz Quartets.He has also put together various musical projects such as SURCA, a multi-cultural quartet dedicated to expanding on South American rhythms and avant- garde jazz.

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Album Review

Gabriel Guerrero & Quantum: Equilibrio

Read "Equilibrio" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Colombian-born, New York City-based pianist/composer Gabriel Guerrero plays and writes quite well, and is effectively supported by an able-bodied trio on Equilibrio--even though drummer Felix Lecaros sometimes overplays his hand. Guerrero's themes--he wrote every one of the album's eleven numbers--are by and large slow-to medium-tempo pleasant, which suits the ensemble well but runs the risk of trying a listener's patience. The lone variations take place on Track 9, “Permanent Divsersion Part II," with the use of Fung ...

Album Review

Gabriel Guerrero: Feyas

Read "Feyas" reviewed by James Nadal

The mere mention of bop piano icon Bud Powell as an inspiration and major influence should be a justifiable motivation to pay attention to Gabriel Guerrero. The energetic pianist's Feyas displays a recognized reverence to Powell while also exhibiting self-assurance, technical expedience, and compositional proficiency. Guerrero draws deep from the jazz piano idiom as well as his Latin and classical backgrounds. He comes out blazing right from the launching track with “Colombia Tierra Querida," followed by a ...

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“Gabriel Guerrero brings fresh ideas to his music, he says, When I think he is going left he goes right and when I think he is going right he goes left. He always surprises me, which I love. He brings his Latin Culture to the music in his own inventive way. He is a real improviser.” - Jerry Bergonzi

“A dazzling pyrotechnician and accomplished composer… FEYAS: This is one of the most startling and rewarding piano-led debuts since Gonzalo Rubalcaba’s 1990 Blue Note offering, Discovery: Live at Montreux.” – Bill Milkowski [continue reading…] - JAZZ TIMES

“Like some of the finest scholarly pianists-composers such as Gonzalo Rubalcaba, to come from way south of the border, Guerrero has exploded on the stage with music of immense maturity. Guerrero firmly establishes his voice here as he adds to the remarkably growing literature of Latin American instrumental music.” [continue reading…] - LATIN JAZZ NETWORK

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New York City

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degrees: Bacherlors - New England Conservatory of Music Masters - New England Conservatory of Music Teaching experience: substitute teacher at New England Conservatory of Music, Berklee College of Music, Music Makers School, Piano School of New York, We-Bop Lincoln Center Jazz Program. Hours available during week and weekends, check for available hours and rates. Can travel to student's home.

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Origin Records



Surca Music


Present Moment

From: Equilibrio
By Gabriel Guerrero


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