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Monday, July 01, 2013 - 11:01 AM

[Artist Spotlight] Jorge Pérez

Jorge Pérez was born in Boston, U.S.A, and was raised in Madrid where he studied architecture and percussion.

He travelled to Cuba twice between 2002 and 2006 to learn the roots of Afro-Cuban folklore and studied with percussion master Jose Luis Quintana” Changuito”. As years go by Jorge has become one of the most demanded young players in the Spanish jazz scene, and also one of the very few percussionists that doubles professionally in drum instrument that he studied with Carlos Carli and Yayo Morales. In 2008 Jorge received a Scholarship from the Berklee College of Music. In 2011 Jorge finished his studies at Berklee, obtaining a Major in Performance. During his time in Boston, Jorgeis was chosen by jazz masters such as Danilo Pérez, Joe Lovano and John Patitucci, to be in the elite program Berklee Global Jazz Institute.

In the last years Jorge has played with con Rebecca Cline, Egui Castrillo, Victor Mendoza, Mark Walker, Kalani Trinidad, John Lockwood, Aláin Pérez, Daniel García Trio, Vardan Ovsepian, la Big Band JCA, La Afrodisioan Orchestra, José El Francés, Paco Ortega, La Orquesta Nacional de jazz, Pablo Abraira and Mahavishnu Flamenco Project. He has played in international Jazz Festivals as Newport 2010, Monterey 2010 with the global Jazz Institute and Panamá 2011 with the Daniel García Trio, with Daniel García and Alain Pérez.

Jorge has given percussion lessons in the Berklee’s Rhythm Club and clinics at the Panama Jazz Festivall 2011.

In 2012 Jorge has become a faculty member of the Escuela de Música Creativa of Madrid where he has given master classes and seminars.

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