Big band leader, singer and accordionist Gregorio Uribe was born in Colombia, studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston and is now based in New York where he leads Gregorio Uribe Big Band: a 16-piece orchestra that blends cumbia and other Colombian rhythms with big band arranging. The band’s debut album “Cumbia Universal” (Zoho Music) was released on October 2nd, 2015 with a CD-release performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center on October 14th.
“Listeners might never get over the emotion of listening to the Gregorio Uribe Big Band’s Cumbia Universal. It features some of the most spectacular writing by its young leader – an utter romantic and fully immersed in the Colombian tradition. It also features fine big band arrangements and no the least, superb instrumentalism from its members. But make no mistake about it. This is Gregorio Uribe’s vision about Colombian music infused with jazz-like improvisations by winds and brass, backed by the most exciting rhythmists including a young lady, Karina Colis on drums. A recording such as this happens once in a lifetime and even though I believe that Gregorio Uribe is one heck of a musician, he might be hard-pressed to repeat this success even though he will surely produce some beautiful albums in the near and far future of his career.” — Raul da Gama