Current Lineup

gabriel

Instrument(s): Trumpet / flugelhorn / compositions / arrangements
Created the band: 2005
Favorite musicians: Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Sting, Eva Ayllón
Other interests: Soccer, cooking better than Huevito
Contact: alegria.gabriel@gmail.com
Band nickname: “Cachema”

laurandrea

Instruments: Tenor/sop. saxophones / compositions / arrangements
Joined the band: 2005
Favorite musicians: Chabuca Granda, John Coltrane, Los Valdelomar-Dávila, Roy Haynes
Other interests: Reading, gardening, the beach
Contact: laurandrealeguia@gmail.com
Band nickname: “Frambu”

yuri

Instrument: Acoustic guitar
Joined band: 2007
Favorite musicians: J.S Bach, Astor Piazzolla, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Pat Metheney, Ennio Morricone
Other interests: Film, history, astrology, chinese food
Contact: www.yurijuarez.net
Band nickname: “Guardacaca”

huevito

Instruments: Cajón, cajita, quijada (Jaw bone of an ass!)
Joined band: 2005
Favorite musicians: La Sonora Matancera, Los Embajadores Criollos, Lucila Campos, Oscar DeLeón
Other interests: Disappearing, cooking better than Gabriel
Contact: huevitolobaton@gmail.com
Band nickname: “Huevito”

shirazette

(Gigs abroad)

Instruments: Drums and cajón
Joined band: 2009
Favorite musicians:Tony Williams, Cindy Blackman, Terri Lynne Carrington, John Coltrane and Art Blakey
Other interests: The gym, Basketball, and happy people
Contact: shirazettetinnin@gmail.com
Band nickname: “Tiger Tinnin”

hugo

(Gigs in Perú)

Instruments: Drums, cajón
Joined band: 2005
Favorite musicians: Victoria Santa Cruz, Chabuca Granda, Brian Blade, Roy Haynes, Jack Dejohnette
Other interests: Blogging, photography, education, YouTube
Contact: www.hugoalcazar.com
Band nickname: “Hombre Palta”

john

(Gigs abroad)

Instruments: Double bass, electric bass
Joined band: 2009
Favorite musicians: Everyone real
Other interests: Money, studying
Contact: jbseed@gmail.com
Band nickname: “La Montaña”

mario

(Gigs in Perú)

Instrument: double bass
Joined band: 2011
Favorite musicians: Carlos Hayre, David Binney, Oscar Avilés, Ari Hoenig
Other interests: skateboarding, biking, motorcycling (actually mopeding?)
Contact: mariocubass@hotmail.com
Band nickname: “Pichón”

Past Members

Ramon De Bruyn, bass

lineup_ramon2007-2009.  South African bass player that held down the bass chair for two years.  Toured extensively with the Sextet throughout North America and Perú.  Ramón recently got married and is now developing his carreer as an educator in New York City.  From time to time Ramón sits in with the band.

Alexis Tamayo, bass

lineup_alexis2005. Cuban bass player that used to live in Perú for many years. Alexis was the first bass player that worked in the band during the 2005 tour. Back then, the band performed mostly “covers” of jazz standards on Afro-Peruvian grooves. Alexis is an in-demand arranger and performer.

Valentin Carranza, guitar

lineup_valentin2005. Argentinian guitarist who also lived in Perú for many years. Toured with the band in 2005 and then moved to Barcelona, Spain. Currently Valentín resides in Argetntina and continues to play the guitar and compose.

Jocho Velasquez, guitar

lineup_jocho2006. Toured with the band in 2006 and participated in the one day marathon recording of Nuevo Mundo, the band’s first CD. In that capacity he composed the guitar riffs and harmony on “El Norte”. Jocho currently tours with Eva Ayllón and continues to maintain a busy schedule as a top commercial arranger in Perú.

Joscha Oetz, double bass

joscha2005-2007. German bass player who resided in Perú for many years. Toured with and then recorded the band’s first album Nuevo Mundo. Currently Joscha lives back home in Germany with his family and eagerly awaits the “European invasion” by the band. He is a busy performer and clinician and might just be the first German bass player in history to hold down a festejo rhythm properly!

Honorary Members

Ron Carter, double bass

ron-carterMaestro Ron Carter is a living legend of jazz music. He participated on the band’s anniversary recording “10” and has been both an inspiration and a great friend to Afro-Peruvian jazz music. His comments about the experience with the Afro-Peruvian Sextet can be seen and heard on the band’s EPK for “10.”

Daniel Susnjar, batería

daniel-susnjarDaniel showed up one day at an Afro-Peruvian Sextet performance and asked the band for some materials “to have a look at at home.” (Daniel is from Australia). A year later he turned into a scholar of Afro-Peruvian music including finishing his Doctorate degree from the University of Miami where his thesis was on afro-peruvian drumming. Daniel was featured as a guest artist on the band’s live album “Afro-Peruvian Jazz Secrets” and was the producer on “10,” where he also recorded the two drum set feature track “Lonely Woman” next to Hugo Alcázar.

Essiet Essiet, double bass

essiet-essietEssiet is a most virtuosic bass player from Nigeria. He has such command of the instrument that even the most difficult of challenges seem easy. Essiet loves Perú and has been such an integral part of the band that his playing is even featured on the album “10.”

Pablo Menares, bass

lineup_pabloPablo has absorbed Afro-Peruvian grooves like the best of them. He currently resides in New York City and is a busy sideman touring the world on a regular basis. Pablo loves Peruvian food and drinks.

Camila Meza, guitar

lineup_camilaChilean guitarist, singer and composer. From time to time the band calls on Camila who brings in her vocal abilities as well as her sense of class and good taste. Camila plays both acoustic and electric guitars and has herself performed in Lima with her trio.

Melissa Aldana, tenor

lineup_melissaSuccessfully subbed for Laura Andrea for two weeks in a row in New York City. The first saxophonist to do so! Melissa is an extremely talented artist currently living in New York City. She comes from a family that boasts three generations of virtuosic saxophonists.

Edward Perez, bass

lineup_edwardEdward spent three years living in Perú and learned the grooves from the master performers in Lima. His work has included original CDs of Afro-Peruvian jazz music.

Camille Thurman, saxophone

camilleCamille is a great friend of the band.  She has subbed for Laura Andrea on various occasions including the epic “Gira Urbana” in Lima which took the band across the city in a week.  Camille adds her vocal rendition of “Moon River” to the band’s set every time she appears!