Jorge Pérez and his band PATAX perform one of his tunes “El Tiburón”, included in the DVD “Patax Live From Infinity”.
Jorge Pérez: Percussion; Valentin Iturat: Drums: Carlos Sanchez: Bass; Fabrizio Scarafile: sax, Luis Guerra: Piano, Maria López: Dancing, Pedro Medina, Concha Jareño and Goiko Martínez: Palmas.
Picking up the baton of fusion greats like Weather Report, Corea´s Electric Band, Herbie Hancock, Sixum or Zawinul Syndicate, and directly flavored by the Jazz of Irakere, Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, Hermeto Pascoal and Paco de Lucía, this projects pursues the ambitious goal of taking fusion to a new place, where a communion between flamenco, funk and afrocuban folklore is the key ingredient of a complex and magical recipe.
It’s quite rare to see a percussionist assuming the leading roll and the composers seat of a jazz band.. Jorge Pérez, with both american and spanish citizenships, presents a fascinating new mix where Flamenco, Latin Jazz, Funk and contemporary fusion go by hand with outstanding knowledge of each of their roots. For this quest he has put together an exceptional band with the best of the new generation of international jazz players located in Spain. Some have already said this might be the band that the fusion scene in Europe was waiting for.
Jorge Pérez González
Jorge Pérez, was born in Boston, U.S.A in 1979. He was raised in Madrid where he studies architecture and percussion. Between 1998 y 2003 he studies at the Escuela De Música Creativa in Madrid. In 2004 he starts working professionally with bands of the jazz and fussion scene is Spain such as Mojo Project, La Chuma Segura Hot Band, La Calle Caliente y and artists as Jerry González, Caramelo, Pepe Rivero , Aláin Perez and Emilio Valdés.
He travels to Cuba twice between 2002 and 2006 to learn the roots of Afro-Cuban folklore and studies with percussion master José Luis Quintana “Changuito”. As years go by Jorge becomes one of the most demanded young players in the Spanish jazz scene, and also one of the very few percussionist that doubles professionally in drums, instrument that he studies with Carlos Carli, and Yayo Morales,
In 2008 Jorge receives a Scholarship from the Berklee College of Music, in Boston where he will live several years. In 2011 Jorge finishes his studies at Berklee, obtaining a Major in Performance. During his time in Boston, Jorgeis chosen by jazz masters such as Danilo Pérez, Joe Lovano and John Patitucci, to be in the elite program Berklee Global Jazz Institute.
Jorge has played with Rebecca Cline, Egui Castrillo, Victor Mendoza, Mark Walker, Kalani Trinidad, John Lockwood, Aláin Pérez, Daniel García Trio, Vardan Ovsepian, La Big Band JCA and La Afrodisian Orchestra.
He has played in international Jazz Festivals as Newport 2010, Monterey 2010 with the Global Jazz Institute and Panamá 2011 with Daniel García, Daniel García Trio and Alain Pérez.