Alejandro D. Aviles
Adjunct Instructor of Music
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Degrees: MM, 2000, Manhattan Schl Music; BS, 1998, Hofstra Univ
Alejandro Avilés is a first generation Cuban-American who comes from a long lineage of musicians. In fact, Mr. Avilés' family is in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest, continuous musical group in the world. The Orquesta Hermanos Avilés was started by his greatgrandfather, Manuel Avilés, in 1882 in Holguin, Cuba, and is still in existence today.
Based in NYC, Alejandro Avilés works as an adjunct professor at Hofstra University teaching saxophone, jazz history, and jazz improvisation while performing in genres ranging from "Straight Ahead" jazz to "Afro- Cuban" music. When not on tour, you can catch Alejandro perform in many of New York's renowned jazz clubs including Smoke, Jazz Standard, Zinc Bar, Smalls, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz Gallery, Iridium, Fat Cat, Birdland, and Blue Note.
After graduating from Manhattan School of Music, Alejandro relocated to Puerto Rico where he lived for three years. While living there, Alejandro had the opportunity to share the stage with some of the giants of Latin jazz today including performances with Giovanni Hidalgo, Charlie Sepulveda, Hilton Ruiz, Jerry Gonzalez, Miguel Zenon, Dave Valentine, and a couple of memorable performances with jazz masters Danilo Perez and David Sanchez.
At the annual Heineken Jazz Festival held in Puerto Rico, Alejandro performed with the Rámon Vásquez Quartet, and the Tribute to Chick Corea Big Band featuring Chick Corea, Paquito D' Rivera, Airto Morales, and Gary Burton.
In 2006, the Alejandro Avilés Latin Jazz Quartet was selected by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Jazz at Lincoln Center to represent the United States as "Jazz Ambassadors." The group toured Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Central America, Venezuela, Peru, and Argentina, conducting master classes and performing at concert halls.
Most recently, Alejandro has been honored with the endowment of the prestigious Fulbright Award that allows university professors to travel abroad and share their knowledge. Accordingly, Alejandro will be traveling to Brazil this summer to teach saxophone and jazz improvisation at the University UNIRIO in Rio de Janeiro and UFMG in Belo Horizonte.