Alexis Baro & Pueblo Nuevo Jazz Project

Without question, trumpeter/flugelhornist Alexis Baro is a propelling and innovative force in the contemporary jazz/Latin jazz scene. His warm, round, energy-infused sound is immediately recognizable.Alexis was born into a musical family in Havana, Cuba. Classically trained, he took up the trumpet at the age of age 8 and completed his musical education receiving a teaching certification at the prestigious Amadeo Roldán Music Conservatory in Havana.

Since first arriving in Canada in 2001 he has pursued new musical endeavours at a breakneck pace. He quickly became a much sought-after session player, touring nationally and internationally and keeping one of the busiest schedules in Toronto. He’s recorded and/or toured with David Foster, Paul Shaffer, Nikky Yanofski, Tom Jones, Paquito D’Rivera, Andrea Bocelli, Lonnie Smith, and Omara Portuondo from the Buena Vista Social Club band, Afro-Cuban All-Stars and Cubanismo, and this is naming only a few.

Still, Baro’s life as an artist in his own right has kept prolifically and successfully apace with four album releases, three nominations in the Canadian National Jazz awards for “Best Trumpet Player,” and a Gold Medal from the Global Music Awards for jazz under his belt. Not surprisingly, in 2015 Alexis Baro was recognized in Billboard Magazine’s “Emerging Artists” section with a feature interview.

The key for Alexis Baro's continuing success is not simply virtuosity but also versatility. His musicianship and personality have allowed him to make himself at home in so many different musical worlds, including that of swing, funk, pop, R&B, Latin jazz, fusion, salsa and, of course, timba, Afro-Cuban jazz and traditional Cuban music.

He credits his musicality to Pueblo Nuevo, the tight-knit barrio where he grew up and has been home to the most remarkable number of internationally influential musicians to come out of Havana. Baro’sPueblo Nuevo Jazz Project is In a musical sense, a return ‘to his ‘hood,’ which is also to say, a return to his Afro-Cuban roots.

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