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Gregorio Uribe Big Band



Biography

Gregorio Uribe Big Band is a 16-piece ensemble that combines enticing Colombian rhythms such as Cumbia with powerful jazz big band arranging techniques. Their live performances consist of a remarkable combination of trumpets, trombones, and clarinets soaring over an amazing percussion section and the leader of the band dancing to the beat while rocking out on his accordion.

The band has a unique combination of some of New York’s top musicians from different backgrounds such as Argentina, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Colombia. GUBB is reminiscent of the vintage Colombian Big Bands of the 50s and 60s such as those led by Lucho Bermúdez and
Pacho Galán. However, through Gregorio’s compositions and arrangements this ensemble gives the big band format, a young, fresh, and modern concept that is not found elsewhere today.  In February 2014 the band will have completed three years of their residency at Zinc Bar in the New York City where they perform on the first Thursday of every month sharing Colombian and Latin rhythms with hundreds of people from all corners of the world. Also, their single “Caribe Contigo” was featured on MTV’s Tr3s for four weeks in the U.S. and the UK.

Gregorio was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia where he spent his teenage years playing drum set in rock bands, accordion in vallenato serenades, and guitar in a bolero trio. Later he graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts before establishing his music in New York City. He has performed next to Grammy winners Ruben Blades and Carlos Vives and has been interviewed by CNN, Boston Globe, New York Daily News, and The Miami Herald to name a few. The extensive list of venues where Gregorio has taken his music includes New York’s Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, Blue Note Jazz Club, and Iridium Jazz Club as well as The Rhode Island State House, Salem Jazz Festival, and Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Gregorio was named by the Government of Colombia as one of the “100 Most Outstanding Colombians Living Abroad.” The list includes Shakira, Nobel Prize winner García Márquez, artist Fernando Botero, and actress Sofia Vergara.

In 2013 Gregorio raised over $23,000 on kickstarter.com in order to record his first big band album. He is currently in the production process of this album with producer Juan Pablo Mantilla (www.jpmantilla.com). Also, he has recently been commissioned for a piece for Arturo O’Farrill’s Grammy-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. The piece will be performed at Symphony Space in New York in February of 2014.

Watch Past Performances

Video 2/9/2014: Gregorio Uribe Big Band

The 16-piece musical experience blends Afro-Colombian rhythms with funk grooves and powerful big band arrangements. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Colombia.

Gregorio Uribe Big Band