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Alexey León


ALEXY LEÓN REYES is a saxophonist, flutist and a singer born in Manzanillo, Cuba.

He earned his Master of Music Degree at Berklee College of Music and graduated from Gnesin Academy of Music (Moscow, Russia).

During his studies, he represented the Gnesin Academy of Music at numerous festivals and jazz competitions.

He represented the Russian Academy of Music at the BT River of Music Festival, organized by the British Council playing in the Matthew Herbert Big Band during the celebration of the Olympic Games in London in 2012.

Also, Alexey participated as a member of both a jazz quintet and a big band in a workshop delivered by Herbie Hancock during the first International Day of Jazz in Moscow.

In spring 2013, he received the Michel Camilo scholarship to attend the Master’s program in Contemporary Performance at Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus to study with acclaimed performers and educators Perico Sambeat, Alain Perez, Polo Ortí and Victor Mendoza.

During his studies, he participated in numerous concerts, clinics, and recording sessions.

He has performed with Eddie Gomez, Danilo Perez and Berklee Global Jazz Institute, Perico Sambeat, Jorge Pardo, Javier “Caramelo” Masso, Alain Perez, Israel Suarez “Piraña”, Carlos Sarduy, Ivan “Melon” Lewis, Victor Mendoza, Polo Orti, Albert Sanz, Voro Garcia and many others.

His first album Cuba meets Russia released by Sedajazz label was chosen to the Spanish jazz showcase Jazz eñe and performed at the Rialto theatre, Valencia.

In December 2015 Alexey won the Juan Claudio Cifuentes prize for best soloist at the Jaime I University jazz competition.

In July 2016 his project Cuba Meets Russia received a “best quintet award” at a Spanish national Jazz competition Porton del Jazz, Malaga.

Alexey is currently teaching at Sedajazz, Valencia and is active on the Spanish jazz scene.

His most recent album is titled Cuban Connection (Sedajazz). Alexey describes the concept: The music is very melodic, I wrote it for my quintet having in mind a very special sound based on the Afro-Cuban rhythmic tradition, improvisation and the language of contemporary jazz. Each composition is inspired by an experience that has left me marked – people, moments, places, etc.”

ARTIST WEBSITE: http://alexeyleonreyes.com

A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Editor-in-Chief Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject. His writing appears on Latin Jazz Network; Chamber Music America magazine and numerous other publications.


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