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Jonathan Ruiz

Active member of the Colombian jazz scene and professor at El Colectivo Music School, Jonathan Ruiz has participated in different kind of records including his project Azuljauz, modern band which reflects in his arrangements the liking for irregular metrics, the Pacific folklore, and the forefront sounds of New York through his compositions. His versatility has allowed him to participate in diverse formats from trios and ensembles to orchestras and big bands playing in addition to jazz styles such as Funk, salsa, folk music and rock. He has also stood out as a bassist accompanying various artists in different festivals, such as Dafnis Prieto and Miguel Zenón.

MUSICIAN Born:

Daniel Reyes Llinas

Daniel Reyes Llinas began his Musical career at the age of 10 teaching himself how to play the guitar. Later took formal musical training with guitarist Carlos Castilla. He attended the Classical Guitar Program at Andes University in Bogota, Colombia under Carlos Rocca Lynn & Jaime Arias Obregon.

Over the years has taken private instruction, masterclasses and workshops with Tony Geballe, Carlos Alomar, Leo Brouwer, Eduardo Fernandez, Ricardo Cobo, Manuel Barrueco and Nik Bartsch among others. In 2001 He was selected among the ‘Youngest Performer Series” at Luis Angel Arango Music Hall in Bogotá

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Juan Andrés Ospina

Currently living in between New York and Bogotá (Colombia), Juan Andrés Ospina is one of the most active and prominent exponents of a very outstanding generation of Colombian musicians. His wide range of musical projects make him hard to define: he might as well be producing and arranging, conducting his big band, touring as a sideman pianist, composing for film, or creating comedy content for the internet. His latest album, Juan Andrés Ospina Big Band’s “Tramontana” (2018), features 26 musicians from 10 different countries, and among them is the 14-times Grammy awarded saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Cool nights, hot music at Jazz al Parque, Bogotá

Read "Cool nights, hot music at Jazz al Parque, Bogotá" reviewed by Mark Holston

Country Club Park Jazz al Parque Bogotá Bogotá, Colombia September 22-23, 2018 As outdoor concerts go, the scene couldn't be any more welcoming than the former country club and polo grounds that serve as home base for Bogotá, Colombia's annual Jazz al Parque. Bordered on two sides by upscale condominiums, ...

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Juan Dhas

Born on May 4th 1994 in Dubai, UAE, guitarist Juan Dhas was immersed in music from the very beginning. At the age of 8, he began classical piano studies under Anton Tajanlangit, a member of the musical Tajanlangit family from the Philippines. However, Juan’s true passion for the guitar was ignited upon hearing a Hendrix album his father had bought; completely awe-struck, he asked his parents if he could study guitar. Juan’s wish was granted when he began studying with another Tajanlangit family member, Peter Tajanlangit, who saw great potential in Juan and nurtured his abilities over the coming years. From a young age, Juan absorbed whatever he could around him, subconsciously molding his musical tastes

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

AJAZZGO Festival in Cali, Colombia

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AJAZZGO Festival Cali, Colombia September 12-17, 2017 September is jazz festival month in the South American nation of Colombia. Four major cities--Bogotá, Medellín, Cali and Barranquilla--and Pasto, a smaller provincial municipality--stage well-oiled multi-day events stocked with international and regional jazz talent. The five festivals work collaboratively to bring major artists to the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Barranquijazz Festival 2016

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Barranquijazz Festival Barranquilla, Colombia September 14-18, 2016 The success of the annual Barranquijazz Festival is a tribute to its founders--all of whom are still deeply involved as the event enters its 21st year--and their vision of what and how to present to a growing community of jazz enthusiasts in Barranquilla, ...

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Take Five with Javier Perez Sandoval of Carrera Quinta

Read "Take Five with Javier Perez Sandoval of Carrera Quinta" reviewed by Javier Perez Sandoval

Meet Javier Perez Sandoval: Javier Perez Sandoval's Carrera Quinta is a Colombian sextet established in 2006 by composers Javier and Francy Montalvo. The band blends contemporary jazz with traditional Colombian music from the Andean region, creating an unique, intense and powerful sound. After recording their debut album En Esencia in 2009, the group expanded ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

FatsO: On Tape

Read "On Tape" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Arriva da Bogotà questo abbastanza sorprendente settetto che mostra di aver ascoltato con grande attenzione la musica (canzone e non) a stelle e strisce degli ultimi decenni, specificatamente Tom Waits, se proprio vogliamo essere ancora più precisi soprattutto quello ruspante e fumoso (non che il restante non lo sia) di album tipo Nighthawks at the Diner ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Barranquijazz 2015: Trombone Heaven in the Tropics

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It's impossible to know beforehand what individual performance at a multi-day jazz festival will be remembered as a certifiable highlight. Sometimes the key factor that makes such a magic moment possible is unpredictable and comes out of the blue. At Colombia's recent annual Barranquijazz Festival, the curiosity of a festival staff member led to a particularly ...


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