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Juan Alzate

Juan Alzate was a musician before he was even born, but found his instrument, the tenor sax, at age fourteen. He always believed fervently that music was his life. He studied at Escuela Popular de Bellas Artes of Universidad Michacana and the Conservatorio de las Rosas. Living in Venezuela for some years, the tropical frenzy and black rhythms of the Caribbean became a part of his expression. After some personal disasters, he went to study at the Berklee College in Boston with great teachers like Jim Odgren, Bill Pierce and Hal Crook, and privately with Jerry Bergonzi and at the Dave Liebman ‘s master class at East Stroudsburg University. One of the marvels of being a musician is touching the universal and making friends with eneryone. Juan has shared the music set with Mark Levine, Antonio Sánchez, John Benítez, Ignacio Berroa, Bruce Forman, Mili Bermejo, Greg Osby, Bobby Watson, Muhal Richard Abrams, Helen Sung, Rodney Green, Boris Kozlov, John Ellis, and many others. Luck is with those who go after their goals, and Juan knows it. He has always been awarded grants and awards; but most importantly, he has been supported by the people who have heard and followed him in his career as a jazzman. Juan has redorded eight CD’s: El eco en la piel (1995), where he presented his work first time as the band leader; Bajo el signo del jazz (1999), with the amazing pianist Mark Levine; Autorretratos (2001), a musical biography of himself, and Hablar en jazz (2005) where combines jazz music with mexican poetry, Los jugadores de jazz (2008), Minnewanka (2008), Premonición (2009) and El Jazz y la Furia, (2010). Juan walks along the Morelia streets always accompanied by his instrument and his music scores, his crazy laugh, and his stubborn joy. With the insane’s deep mystic faith, with the cronopio’s fragility, he walks.