GREGORIO URIBE BIG BAND
WITH SPECIAL GUEST VOCALIST SOFIA REI
Born in Bogotá and educated at Berklee School of Music in Boston, Gregorio Uribe is now based in New York, where he leads The Gregorio Uribe Big Band: a 16-piece jazz orchestra made up of musicians from six different countries that blends cumbia and other danceable Colombian rhythms with jazz, funk and powerful big band arranging. For the past four years, the band has held a monthly residency at famed NYC jazz club Zinc Bar, and has performed at The Kennedy Center, Blue Note, The United Nations and Celebrate Brooklyn, among many others prominent venues and events.
In October 2015 the band will release their debut album, Cumbia Universal (Zoho Music) at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The album was financed through a successful Kickstarter campaign and features a certain multi-GRAMMY-winning and Latin music icon to be announced shortly, reggae artist Meta Dia (Senegal), Sagit Shir (Israel) from the electro-pop duo “Hank & Cupcakes,” and the jazz vocals of Sofia Ribeiro (Portugal).
Gregorio has performed on stage with GRAMMY-winning Colombian actor & singer Carlos Vives and was named by the government of Colombia as one of the "100 Most Successful Colombians Abroad.” He has been an artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and a commissioned composer for 2-time GRAMMY-winners Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.