“Albert Rivera Organ Sextet opened Saturday's proceedings, with the tenor-playing leader and band hitting the mark on a slow, sultry "After Hours" and a dramatic original, a brooding reflection on 9/11 called "Remembrance."—Sandy Ingham
“Three young artist (Albert Rivera, Luques and Zaccai Curtis) who are part of the next wave in this jazz ritual.”—DownBeat Magazine
“Rivera has a timeless tenor tone and a special sensitivity on soprano.”—Tony Hall
“While Rivera's compositions are diverse, these musicians hit the pocket and sustain a powerful group dynamic.”—All About Jazz NY
“A Modern Jazz Messenger!”—Owen McNally Hartford Courant
"Albert Rivera came to town for a show that blew us all away"—Ken Laster(Radio Host) - WWUS 91.7
"Albert and the band played straight ahead jazz the way it was meant to be played. If you weren't there you just MISSED"— Stanley Danner (Gerald Veasly Jazz Base)
"he asserts his more confrontational personality on the smaller, more sensitive-sounding instrument. Rivera’s soprano sound is equally as compelling as his tenor technique; he wrestles a deep, rich tone from the bright, tiny saxophone."—Jon Ross - artscriticatl.com
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Albert Rivera is proud to have joined forces and use RS Berkeley musicial instruments!
For More info visit them at www.RSBerkeley.com
Shows and appearances of note coming up!
August 8th, 2015 - A.R Quartet Official After Party and Jam Session (Crown Plaza Hotel, Southbury, CT)
June 27th, 2015 - Albert Rivera, Don Braden & Gary Smulyan LJC Fundraiser - Danbury, CT
April 25th, 2015 - A.R Quartet - Poli Club Waterbury, CT
February 19th, 2015 - 21st - Warwick Academy - Bermuda
January 30th, 2015 - Berklee High School Jazz Fest - Boston, MA (Say hello at the LJC Booth)
January 7-11, 2015 - JEN Conference (Downbeat Booth, say hello!) - San Diego, CAStay tuned. 2015-2016 currently being booked
Rivera's second album showcases his contemporary, smooth, and eclectic sounds. The album features some of the finest musicians on the jazz scene today, including Mark Whitfield, Luques Curtis, Jean Caze, Zaccai Curtis, Nick Rosbeoro, Nathan Jolley, Beck Burger and John Iannuzzi.
Albert Rivera with internationally acclaimed drummer Ralph Peterson, trumpet sensation Christian Scott, Zaccai Curtis, Luques Curtis and others playing original compositions encompassing the essence of John Coltrane's music with a modern day feeling, mixing vamps and grooves with tradition.
July 12th - August 9th 2015!
"I am proud to be the Director of Operations at the The Litchfield Jazz Camp. This coming year we are thrilled to present the 18th Annual Litchfield Jazz Camp and the 17th Annual Jazz Festival! LJC has a WORLD CLASS faculty and is located at a beautiful venue! Hosted at the Canterbury School (New Milford, CT), students have the opportunity to study with some of today's top jazz musicians. From ensemble coaching to one-on-one private lessons, Litchfield has you covered!" -Albert.
For more information, visit the Litchfield Jazz Camp website.
2012 Chamber Music America Recipent Albert was named a 2012 recipent of the Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Program Grant. This grant is in conjunction with Litchfield Performing Arts and Project Poetry Live! It will give students from across Conneticut the opportunity to work with Albert Rivera and his Organ "Unleashed" ensemble. He will lead a number of performances at local communities organizations.
The Albert Rivera Quartet was selected to represent the winners of the 2009 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award with a performance of "Greenetones" at the annual Jazz Hall Of Fame ceremony. The event took place on June 16th in the Allen Room at Lincoln Center. Albert would like to thank ASCAP and all of the incredible supporters of the A.R Quartet.
© 2005 - 2011 Albert Rivera, photography by Steve Sussman