“Albert Rivera Organ Sextet opened Saturday's proceedings, with the tenor-playing leader and band hitting the mark on a slow, sultry "After Hours" and a dramatic original, a brooding reflection on 9/11 called "Remembrance."—Sandy Ingham
“Three young artist (Albert Rivera, Luques and Zaccai Curtis) who are part of the next wave in this jazz ritual.”—DownBeat Magazine
“Rivera has a timeless tenor tone and a special sensitivity on soprano.”—Tony Hall
“While Rivera's compositions are diverse, these musicians hit the pocket and sustain a powerful group dynamic.”—All About Jazz NY
“A Modern Jazz Messenger!”—Owen McNally Hartford Courant
"Albert Rivera came to town for a show that blew us all away"—Ken Laster(Radio Host) - WWUS 91.7
"Albert and the band played straight ahead jazz the way it was meant to be played. If you weren't there you just MISSED"— Stanley Danner (Gerald Veasly Jazz Base)
"he asserts his more confrontational personality on the smaller, more sensitive-sounding instrument. Rivera’s soprano sound is equally as compelling as his tenor technique; he wrestles a deep, rich tone from the bright, tiny saxophone."—Jon Ross - artscriticatl.com
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Happy to annonce all the music for the next album is finalized. I thnk each and everyone of you for the consistent support. We will be recording in the 2nd week of June and the record will be available soon after. I love you all!
While you guys wait, check out what I posted just for you fans! Feel free to share to whomever you think would enjoy.
Rivera's second album showcases his contemporary , smooth, and eclectic sounds. The album features some of the finest musicians on the jazz scene today, including Mark Whitfield, Luques Curtis, Jean Caze, Zaccai Curtis, Nick Rosbeoro, Nathan Jolley, Beck Burger and John Iannuzzi.
Albert Rivera with internationally acclaimed drummer Ralph Peterson, trumpet sensation Christian Scott, Zaccai Curtis, Luques Curtis and others playing original compositions encompassing the essence of John Coltrane's music with a modern day feeling, mixing vamps and grooves with tradition.
2012 Chamber Music America Recipent Albert was named a 2012 recipent of the Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Program Grant. This grant is in conjunction with Litchfield Performing Arts and Project Poetry Live! It will give students from across Conneticut the opportunity to work with Albert Rivera and his Organ "Unleashed" ensemble. He will lead a number of performances at local communities organizations.
Shows of note coming up!
June 6th, 2014 - A.R Organ Quarter Warner Theater, Torrington CT
June 15th - June 20th Miami Arts Charter Residency and Workshop A.R Sextet Miami, Florida (Litchfield in Miami)
June 28th, 2014 (Fitness) Europa Hartford (Visit me at the iSatori Booth!)
August 9th, 2014 - Claudio Roditi Quintet - Litchfield Jazz Festival, Goshen CT
August 9th, 2014 - A.R Quartet Offical After Party and Jam Session (Crown Plaza Hotel, Southbury, CT)
More to come, Stay tuned!!
2014-2015 currently being booked
The Albert Rivera Quartet was selected to represent the winners of the 2009 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award with a performance of "Greenetones" at the annual Jazz Hall Of Fame ceremony. The event took place on June 16th in the Allen Room at Lincoln Center. Albert would like to thank ASCAP and all of the incredible supporters of the A.R Quartet.
July 6th - August 10th 2014!
"I am proud to be the Director of Operations at the The Litchfield Jazz Camp. This coming year we are thrilled to present the 18th Annual Litchfield Jazz Camp and the 17th Annual Jazz Festival! LJC has a WORLD CLASS faculty and is located at a beautiful venue! Hosted at the Kent School (Kent, CT), students have the opportunity to study with some of today's top jazz musicians. From ensemble coaching to one-on-one private lessons, Litchfield has you covered!" -Albert. For more information, visit the Litchfield Jazz Camp website.
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