“A Modern Jazz Messenger!“
–Owen McNally Hartford Courant
“part of the next wave of this jazz ritual“
-Frank Alkyer – Downbeat Magazine
“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
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 – jazzpolice.com
“Albert Rivera came to town for a show that blew us all away”
-Ken Laster(Radio Host) – WWUS 91.7
“Rivera has a timeless tenor tone and a special sensitivity on soprano.”
Jazz Wise Magazine
“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.”
“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 (Berks Jazz Fest)
“While Rivera’s compositions are diverse, these musicians hit the pocket and sustain a powerful group dynamic.”
The A.R Quartet at Mediterraneo White Plains – White Plains Jazz Festival 2019
Saxophonist Albert Rivera was accompanied by bassist Zwelakhe-Duma Bell le Pere, pianist Damian Curtis, and drummer Ian Carroll. The set was chock full of great music, and the playing was tight. Each player had stand-out moments with excellent solos. 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.” Mediterraneo White Plains is a charming restaurant with delicious food and excellent service. Between the delectable cuisine and the outstanding music, this first stop on the Jazz Stroll could have gone on twice as long as it did. Actually, the set did last longer than the hour officially allotted. Although some people left for the next stop on the Stroll, there was still a full house as their set continued, because Albert, Zwelakhe-Duma, Damian, and Ian were just killing it! They played a festive, Latin-infused rendition of “Green Dolphin Street,” that was an utter delight. They finished their show with a lush romantic version of “I’ll Be Seeing You.” This was a stellar start to the Jazz Stroll!
Shelia Horne Mason – Article as it appeared December 11th, 2019 on http://jazzpolice.com/archives/9768
Litchfield Distillery hosting jazz camp benefit – Sat April 28th, 2018
Published via https://www.registercitizen.com
LITCHFIELD — Spring Spirits, a fundraiser for the Litchfield Jazz Festival’s annual jazz camp, will welcome guests Saturday night at the Litchfield Distillery. The evening begins with a cocktail reception with live music, followed by an auction hosted by WNPR’s John Dankosky.
Live music will be provided by renowned saxophonist Albert Rivera & Friends. The live auction includes several glamorous vacations — a 7-day cruise for two on the Holland America Line to the winner’s choice of Caribbean Islands or Mexico, and a week in a private villa in Spain.
Closer to home, bidders can vie for a week at a charming cottage in the Adirondacks. Also included are music lessons by renowned jazz musicians with a bonus gift of RS Berkeley instruments, a flute, and a trumpet. Other items include jewelry, dinners, guided tours and theater tickets.
Litchfield Jazz Camp, now in its 22nd year serves 350-residential and day students age 13 and up, during the month of July. The camp wraps up with the world-famous Litchfield Jazz Festival on July 28 and 29, where students perform on their own stage and hear and meet the best in jazz.
This year the festival’s lineup includes a tribute to Dave and Iola Brubeck by the Dan Brubeck band, the Brazilian band, Trio Da Paz, famed drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts, and Grammy-nominated Cuban band Jane Bunnett & Maqueque. The Litchfield Jazz Camp regularly distributes between $50,000 and $80,000 in need-based scholarships annually.
Spring Spirits are sponsored in part by Jack Baker and Litchfield Distillery and the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation. Tickets are available at ljcspring2018.eventbrite.com or call 860-361-6285.
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