Albert Rivera


  • “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
    Jazz Wise Magazine
  • “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 -

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"Back At It" Available Now

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I was recently part of "Where We Live" on NPR hosted by John Dankosky. It was an honor to be a part of it. Wanna take a listen? Click here


Shows and appearances of note coming up!

To all my Fairfield County Friends (especially Greenwich) Come by every Thursday!

WUJI "The Joy Of Sax" -Albert Rivera Trio every Thursday from 7pm - 10pm

68 East Putnam Avenue Greenwich, CT

Call 203-869-1940 for reservations

Upcoming Shows 

December 1st & 2nd - Albert Rivera Trio - Wuji Greenwich (see above poster) 7-10pm *New Time
December 5th - Vandoren Holiday Party and Jam Session - Zinc Bar - 9pm-2am (I'll be in attendance, say hello!!)
December 7th - Bronx Trolly Holiday Street Tour More info TBA 6:30
December 8th - Albert Rivera Trio Holiday Party Bronx, NY TBA 12-2pm
December 8th - Albert Rivera Trio - Open House Celebration for KW Properties  - Cos Cob, CT 6-9pm
December 8th - Albert Rivera Trio (Andrew Hadro performing place of Albert Rivera)  - Wuji Greenwich 7-10pm * New Time
December 9th - Albert Rivera Trio - Wuji Greenwich 7-10pm *New Time
December 15th & 16th - Albert Rivera Trio - Wuji Greenwich (see above poster) 7-10pm *New Time
January 4th - 7th JEN Confrence - New Orleans, LA (Say Hello!)
May 13th 2017 - Bermuda Music School Big Band (details to follow) Bermuda

Past Shows

January 7th - 10th - JEN Confrence (Louisville, Kentucky) If you see me say Hi!

February 1st  2016 - Albert Rivera Quartet Hosting the NYC Vandoren Jam at Zinc Bar 10pm - 2am

February 6th 2016 - Boston, MA - Berklee High School Jazz Fest (Visit me at the LJC Booth)

March 14th, 2016 - Bronx, NY - Jazz Musuem in Harlem School Workshop

March 17th - March 20th, 2016 - Warwick Academy Jazz Gala Warwick, Bermuda 

April 1st, 2016 Brooklyn, NY - Jazz Musuem in Harlem School Workshop @ PS 135

April 1st, 2016 - Berks Jazz Festival - Reading, PA

April 2nd, 2016 - Berks Jazz Festival - Reading, PA

April 8th, 2016 - "Jackie Robinson" by Ken Burns hosted by NPR - Albert Rivera Quartet (Palace Theater) Stamford, CT 

April 14th, 2016 - Joe Dyson Group - Jazz Gallery, NYC 7:30 & 9:30 p.m

April 24th, 2016 - Jazz & Friends - South Kent, CT

April 29th 2016 - Poli Club - Albert Rivera Quartet (Palace Theater) Waterbury, CT

May 2nd, 2016 - WDNA in Studio Radio Interview with Michael Valentine 4:30pm Miami, FL

May 12th - May 15th 2016 - "Some Enchanted Evening" (May 14th) Bermuda School Of Music:Hamilton, Bermuda

June 16th, 2016 - Anthony Strong Quartet - Schullers Jazz Club Boston, MA

June 18th, 2016 - Anthony Strong Quartet - Joe's Pub, NYC

July 10th thru August 7th 2016 - Nightly Concerts (Usually I perform Mondays and Weds) at The Canterbury School in New Milford, CT (Litchfield Jazz Camp)

August 6th, 2016 - Albert Rivera "Back At It" ensemble featuring Paul Bollenback - Litchfield Jazz Festival Goshen, CT

October 20th - Albert Rivera Quintet - Westchester Square BID Fall Festival Bronx, NY 5-7pm (Free) 20th - Albert Rivera Trio - Wuji Greenwich (see above poster) 8-11pm

October 27th - Albert Rivera Quartet - Litchfield Community Center - 5:30 - 7:30 

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"Inner Peace"

Albert Rivera - Inner Peace

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's original release : Re-Introduction

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.





Downbeat article with the Curtis Brothers and Albert.

All About Jazz Free Download

Special Downloads For The Fans! (updated for 2016)

Litchfield Jazz Camp

20th Annual Litchfield Jazz Camp

July 10th - August 6th 2016!

 "I am proud to be the Director of Operations at the The Litchfield Jazz Camp. This coming year we are thrilled to present the 20th Annual Litchfield Jazz Camp and the 21st Annual Jazz Festival! LJC has a WORLD CLASS faculty and is located at a beautiful venue! Hosted at the Canterbury School (New Milford, 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.

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.

2009 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers AwardASCAP Foundation

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.

© 2005 - 2011 Albert Rivera, photography by Steve Sussman