Big band leader, singer and accordionist Gregorio Uribe was born in Colombia, studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston and is now based in New York where he leads Gregorio Uribe Big Band: a 16-piece orchestra that blends cumbia and other Colombian rhythms with big band arranging. The band's debut album "Cumbia Universal" (Zoho Music) will be released on October 2nd, 2015 with a CD-release performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center on October 14th (tickets HERE).
The band has held a monthly residency (first Friday of every month) at Zinc Bar for more than four years and has performed at The Kennedy Center, Iridium Jazz Club and Celebrate Brooklyn Festival among others. Their debut album was financed by their followers in a successful Kickstarter campaign and it presents a collection of songs that is both danceable and sophisticated. Gregorio has been a guest artist with Carlos Vives and Rubén Blades and was named by the government of Colombia as one of the "100 Most Successful Colombians Abroad". He has been an artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College and a commissioned composer for Grammy-winning Arturo O'Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.
-“Gregorio shows his poetic lyricism and intelligent composing and arranging. He offers a fresh view of classic Latin rhythms” - Jazz Times
-“The band is excellent. The format is unique, very original” - Rubén Blades (multi-GRAMMY winning artist)