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Carlos Averhoff, Jr

United States of America

Saxophonist, Carlos Averhoff Jr is a recognized Jazz and Latin-Jazz musician.
His inner fire, strength, and relentless energy, combined with an unbreakable discipline and self-awareness, forge his sound and compositions.
Carlos Averhoff, Jr was born in Havana, Cuba to the family of legendary Cuban musician and former member of Irakere, Carlos Averhoff. In 2006 he moved to the United States to continue his education at Berklee College of Music, where he started in the year 2008, receiving the North American Scholarship, the prestigious Charlie Parker Scholarship Award, and the Woodwind Achievement Award. While at Berklee, Carlos studied with a distinguished list of educators including private instructions with George Garzone, Ed Tomassi, Frank Tiberi, Greg Osby, and Bill Pierce, and participating in ensemble classes with Terri Lyne Carrington, Joe Lovano, and Leo Blanco.
In May of 2011, upon completion of his studies, Carlos earned Summa Cum Laude Honors from Berklee College of Music, and began, in the fall of the same year, his postgraduate studies at Boston’s prestigious New England Conservatory of Music, receiving as well meritorious scholarship awards. At NEC Carlos is receiving private and group classes with recognized musicians and educators like Jerry Bergonzy, Ken Schaphorst, Jason Moran, Cecil McBee, Ran Blake and John McNeil. He graduates in May 2013.
His classical training in Havana began at the age of 10, where he attended Cuba’s top music schools: the Manuel Saumell Music Conservatory, the Amadeo Roldan School of Music, and the Superior Institute of Art (ISA).
Carlos current musical project IRESI, launched in the Fall of 2008, is entitled after a West Africa Yoruba word meaning the innate light within. The project showcases his original compositions and classic standard arrangements that bring together rich harmonics and rhythmic fusions of his native Cuba, with the contemporary styles of Jazz. IRESI has been featured in the Havana International Jazz Festival, Salem Jazz and Soul Festival, Regatta Bar Court Yard Series, the Berklee Performance Center, the 3rd Global Cuba Fest presented by Fundarte and the Miami Light Project, the Latin Music Festival at the Fireplace, also Boston clubs like Ryles Jazz Club, the Beehive, Darryl’s Corner, and Chianti Jazz Club. The project has also been showcased in several South Florida stages like Cafe Hoy Como Ayer, Van Dyke Cafe, the EBS Jazz Cafe, and Cuba 8 Galeria.
Carlos recent performing experience includes an invitation from the Paul Mauriat Music to participate at the NAMM 2013 Show in California, sharing stage with renowned Jazz artists of the caliber of Jason Palmer, Greg Osby, and John Hammond. Previously, he took part in Eguie Castrillo’s Mambo Mania Concert, with guest artist Gilberto Santarosa, at Carnegie Hall. Over the past couple of years he has performed with celebrated drummer Louis Hayes, Jazz legend Jimmy Cobb, Cuban drummer Horacio El Negro Hernandez, drummer Ralph Peterson, vibraphonist Victor Mendoza, Eguie Castrillo’s Big Band and Latin Jazz Brown
Sound, Cuban artist Los Hermanos Arango, Oriente Lopez, and several Berklee performances with Berklee Faculty.
Carlos career trajectory in Cuba was rich and rewarding. He began performing and touring professionally at an early age with celebrated artists and institutions like, Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca, pianist Alexis Boch, salsa singer Issac Delgado, singer Augusto Enriquez Big Band, also participated on important recording sessions with Omara Portuondo and Buena Vista Social Club, Roberto Fonseca and Temperamento, guitar player Elmer Ferrer, Pablo Milanes, Cuban Rumba group Los Papines, bassist Jorge Reyes, the singer Sorayma Copeco, Pachito Alonso y sus Kini-Kini, Sergio Valdes, among others.
He has been featured in radio and television programs like WICN New England’s Jazz and Folk Station, The Birn - Berklee’s Internet Radio Network, WQBA 1140 AM in Miami, FL, MASTV in Massachusetts’s televised program "Camino al Andar" with economist Ana Julia Jatar, America TV in Miami, FL, and several Cuban television shows in Cubavisión Havana, Cuba. Carlos Averhoff, Jr currently resides in Boston, MA.
2011 | New England Conservatory of Music Scholarship Award | USA | New England Conservatory of Music Merit Award | USA
2011 | Summa Cum Laude Honors from Berklee College of Music | USA
2011 | Woodwind Achievement Award from Berklee College of Music | USA
2009 | Charlie Parker Scholarship Award from Berklee College of Music | USA
2008 | North American Scholarship Award from Berklee College of Music | USA
2005 | SGAE Award for Interpretation & Composition | Spain
1992 | 1st Prize in National Classical Music Competition | Cuba

Mail: averhoffjr@gmail.com

Web: www.carlosaverhoffjr.com

Carlos Averhoff, Jr
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