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Music Sunday Jazz at Queen's Hall

Luis Verde

  • Sunday 24 March, 3pm
  • Tickets From £10
  • Hexham Library

Sunday Jazz

Luis Verde Picture

Luis Verde – Alto Saxophone
Joe Steels – Guitar
John Pope – Double Bass
John Hirst – Drums

The release of Luis’ debut album, World Of Distractions (2012), marked the start of his career as a leader, thanks to which he received the Sonora Award for the best soloist of music from Extremadura (2014).

Combining his career as an instrumentalist and composer with his role as a teacher at the new EMC superior school of music, as director of La Resistencia Jazz Ensemble (a contemporary jazz ensemble focused on collective exploration), and as president of the Madrid Association of Original and Improvised Music (Infinita). Luis Verde established himself as a benchmark within the avant-garde of jazz in Madrid, at the forefront of Spain's new and innovative jazz generation, after releasing his second album with the acclaimed label Fresh Sound Records, the personal and imaginative In Lak'ech Hala K'in (2015).

Vientos Cruzados (2018), his third work as a leader, was a profound critical and public success, winning the AIEnRuta-Jazz circuit in 2019 and being chosen by the AECID as the ambassador of Spanish music abroad. At the Norwegian Academy of Music (Oslo 2023), he successfully finished his master's thesis about the implementation of improvisation as a structural part of compositions for large jazz ensembles.

As a freelance performer specialized in Jazz, Flamenco and Latin American folklore, Luis has toured, recorded and regularly shared the stage with artists such as: Moisés Sánchez, Mark Schilders, El Niño Josele, Henry Cole, Alain Pérez, Jerry González, Miron Rafajlovic, Ariel Brínguez, Borja Barrueta, Reinier Elizarde, Guillermo Mcgill, Marco Mezquida, Michael Olivera, Voro García, Rafael Águila, Javier Colina, Jorge Pardo, Marc Miralta, Marcos Collado, Jorge & Maikel Vistel, John Pope, Pablo M. Caminero, Roberto Nieva… and has performed in Europe and Latin America (North Sea Jazz Festival, Madrid Jazz Festival, Brussels Jazz Marathon, Vitoria Gasteiz Jazz Festival, Hamburgo Jazz Festival, Milano Jazz Festival, San Remo Jazz Festival, Barcelona Jazz Festival, México DF Eurojazz, Jazzaldia (San Sebastian Jazz Festival), Santiago de Chile Jazz Festival, Málaga Jazz Festival, Getxo Jazz Festival, Ibiza Jazz Festival, Quito Jazz Festival…)

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