Audio – Albert Rivera Latin Jazz Quintet

Audio – Albert Rivera Standard Quintet

Short Biography

Described by WNPR’s Owen McNally as “A Modern Jazz Messenger” Bronx born and raised saxophonist Albert Rivera has been a consistent force on a national and international level since finalizing his studies at The New School University Jazz and Contemporary Music Program.

Downbeat Magazine called Albert and his band “part of the next wave in this jazz ritual.” Albert is a recipient of a Chamber Music America award and an ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award. He is the current Director of Operations at the Litchfield Jazz Camp.

His love, passion, and dedication for music have put him on stage with the who’s who in the industry for the last two decades including shows with Winard Harper, Claudio Roditi, Matt Wilson, Paul Bollenbeck, The Curtis Brothers and many others. He was fortunate to join one of the last versions of legendary pianist Junior Mance and his quintet before Junior’s eventual retirement.

His latest project and newest focus, the “Albert Rivera Latin Jazz Quartet” features a fun, high energy ensemble, reworking classic standards, and originals.

“A Modern Jazz Messenger!“
–Owen McNally – Hartford Courant
“part of the next wave of this jazz ritual“
-Frank Alkyer – Downbeat Magazine
“Albert Rivera came to town for a show that blew us all away”
-Ken Laster(Radio Host) – WWUS 91.7FM
“the concert included “The Chicken” and Albert’s lively, high-energy composition, “Me, Myself, and I” that really had toes tapping. Then, they performed a sublime, heart-melting rendition of “The Nearness of You”   – Sheila Horne Mason –

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