Web site: http://www.juan-alzate.com
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Juan began to be a musician since before birth, but his instrument, tenor saxophone came to him at age fourteen. Since then, he developed a fervent belief that music was his life. He studied at the Conservatorio de las Rosas and the Escuela Popular de Bellas Artes. Life opened the doors to the Caribbean to integrate their music frenzy of heat and black rhythms. After some personal disasters, he went to study at Berklee College and with teachers like Jim Odgren, Darryl Winsman, Jerry Bergonzi and Dave Liebman. One of the wonders of being a musician is that you can touch the universal, you can make friends with everyone. John has shared the stage with the Elastic Band, Mark Levine, Antonio Sanchez. John Benitez, Igancio Berroa, Bruce Forman, Mili Bermejo, Dan Greenspan, Victor Mendoza, Muhal Richard Abrams, Greg Osby, Hugh Fraser ... He has also played with symphony orchestras in Mexico and Venezuela.
Chance favors the bold and Juan knows: had scholarships and academic awards, but above all, has always had the support of the people who have listened and followed along its path as jazz. As loves jazz and loves people, has held workshops to bring this discipline to stakeholders.
Juan has recorded five albums: Echo in the skin, where the first recorded jazz work as a team leader, the second, Under the Sign of jazz, with the impressive pianist Mark Levine, the third self-portraits, with their own compositions and was reprinted; Speaking in jazz, where improvisation combined with Mexican poetry and Minnewanka, recorded in Canada in 2005.