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José André



Biography

José André Montaño is a nine year-old jazz musician from Bolivia, who is blind. He formed his first Latin Jazz band at age six, and recorded his first album, Ama a Todos, in 2013. José André has performed with many great jazz musicians throughout Bolivia, Brazil and Peru. At a young age, he has been covered in international news stories by both Reuters and the BBC.

Watch Past Performances

Video 5/29/2016: Celebrating the Past to Awaken the Future

On the late President Kennedy’s 99th birthday, performances from artists across genres culminate with luminaries and young artists unveiling a special installation created by the Kennedy Center for the centennial celebration of its namesake. For full details on the special evening, visit the event page.

Video 3/18/2015: José André (Bolivia)

Making his U.S. debut, this nine-year-old pianist and Latin jazz phenom, who is blind, has performed with many great jazz musicians throughout Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru. Both Reuters and the BBC have covered him in international news stories. He is joined on stage by two D.C.-based jazz musicians, Alejandro Lucini on drums and David Jernigan on bass. This performance was made possible through the generous support of the World Bank Group.

José André