Prior to its establishment in the city of Atlanta, Marea Alta had been regularly performing in nightclubs and at many cultural events for the last seven years in the capital of the state of Florida, Tallahassee. Originally, the group had its headquarters in the Tampa Bay Area during the early 1980s. In 1984 the Marea Alta project achieved popularity overseas when one of its original compositions reached the top ten hit parade in Caracas, Venezuela (position number four for three consecutive weeks and seven months in a row within the Venezuelan musical charts). Presently, Marea Alta features an extensive inventory of original compositions which has seized and engaged the listeners in hundreds of live performances.
The CD Marea Alta: Live in Buckhead is a perfect exemplar of the music Marea Alta delivers on the stage. On Friday, March 3, 2006 Marea Alta performed at Sambuca Restaurant (Buckhead, Atlanta). On this occasion, the group shared the stage with a special guest, Fono Jazz Universal and Jazz guitar recording artist Leo Quintero. A portion of the Marea Alta show with Leo was recorded and Marea Alta: Live in Buckhead was released on August 24, 2007 at the CD Release Concert of Marea Alta at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia. This concert was a total success. This CD contains some of the musical material from the already cited show at Sambuca. This live CD features premium sax player Nick Longo, Latin percussionist Jose De La Cruz, keyboardist J. Santiago Núñez (Marea Alta’s musical director) and Leo Quintero on guitar. Marea Alta’s formal guitar player Billy Wilkie also plays on some of the tracks.
One of the songs of this live CD (“Cool Jam”) was selected by the network of PBS in Australia for its inclusion on a CD containing a musical collection called “A Latin Point of View: Vol. III”. This is the second time the Australian network of PBS has chosen Marea Alta among a catalog of international Jazz artists to be included within this additional special edition containing Latin Jazz music around the world. This theme has already been broadcast within the regular programming of PBS-FM 106.7MHz in Melbourne, Australia, in the musical showcase of “Fiesta Jazz” (a highly popular radio program of Jazz fusion and Latin Jazz produced and presented by Saúl Zavarce).
Over the years, Marea Alta has been periodically featured within the regular programming of several jazz-oriented radio stations in North Florida, Georgia and overseas (Venezuela and Australia). Recent area appearances have included several Atlanta Jazz Festivals, the Riverbend Festival (Chattanooga, TN), Fernbank Museum for Martinis & IMAX, Grand Hyatt Hotel Sunday Jazz Brunch, Sambuca Jazz Café, Centennial Olympic Park, Woodstock City Park, The Sandy Springs Festival, local television (NBC & FOX) & radio shows and numerous private events and
The Members of the band are professional musicians who have ample experience in the realms of recording and live performance. The musical style of Marea Alta is categorized as Latin Pop Jazz/Smooth Jazz. Marea Alta incorporates the improvisatory structure of Jazz into a scheme of multiple Latin rhythms and appealing melodic arrangements. The end result of this musical blend is characterized by its ability to capture the musical taste of multiple audiences. The tropical and fresh music of the group has been described as a delightful beachfront style, like a cool breeze drifting off a high tide (Marea Alta) onto a warm sunny shoreline. The music of Marea Alta is designed to reach the attentive listener looking for an original and brighter sound. Marea Alta certainly offers a pleasant journey of contemporary rhythms and a fine musical expression. The CD Marea Alta: Live in Buckhead is the crystallization on record of the unique, sparkling, vibrant, and spirited sound of Marea Alta.