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BiographyCarlos Averhoff Jr is a Latin Grammy nominated Cuban tenor saxophonist with the album Buena Vista Social Club Presenta a Omara Portuondo.
He is a contemporary Afro-Cuban Jazz composer and educator at Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory.
All About Jazz names Carlos a “dynamic fresh new voice on the saxophone” and Latin Jazz Network portrays his playing as “quite extraordinarily expressive and beautiful,” and further adds, “Carlos Averhoff Jr is a musician who is renowned as a virtuoso soloist.”
His album Iresi (2015) was very well received by Jazz critics in the US and internationally. As a band-leader of Iresi, Averhoff, Jr has performed in important venues in US, Europe and Latin America.
Soon upon the completion of his studies at Berklee (Suma Cum Laude) and New England Conservatory (with Honors). Carlos took a faculty position at Berklee’s City Music Program, the Concord Conservatory of Music, and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School.
Carlos has collaborated with several artists professionally among them drummer Louis Hayes, Jimmy Cobb, Bob Moses; Cuban drummer Horacio El Negro Hernandez; pianists Jason Moran, Chucho Valdes, Roberto Fonseca; Saxophonists Dave Liebman, Greg Osby, Bill Pierce, Paquito de Rivera among others.
Averhoff has collaborated with an array of artists including Bob Moses, Horacio El Negro Hernandez, Chucho Valdes, Bill Pierce, Isaac Delgado, and Buena Vista Social Club, among many others.
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Iresi - 2015
Q:What is your internal experience when you feel REALLY connected to the music?
A:Any style of music we like, liberates our soul, and in certain point transport our spirit to a level of joy. As a performer, is very important to connect with everything around you, but very important with each of the member of your band. Jazz music is all about energy, momentum, interaction and inspiration. Those are important tools to connect to the music and it's energy. An infinite freedom and joy is what I experience while my mind is in that musical dimension, either while soloing or hearing a member of my band.
- Berklee College of Music
- New England Conservatory