Spend your Saturday evenings with world-renowned artists as they play everything from Indigenous works to the latest sounds from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, and Los Angeles! Latin Sounds is presented Saturday evenings from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Justo Almario is a multi-instrumentalist at the highest caliber, Music Educator, Musical Director, Composer, Arranger and Clinician, Justo’s influences include John Coltrane, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Bach, Bartok, and Debussy, and most importantly Antonio Maria Peñaloza, a significant Colombian composer. Known as “Justico” in his native country, he could frequently be found jamming with the local, and much older players on the streets.
“Hearing the Cannonball Adderley recordings at age 11 had such a powerful impact on me, I had never heard anything that sounded like that. It was then I realized that music was not just something written on a piece of paper, but something that nourishes your spirit and impacts your life.” Although I was only 11, I realized music was as important as the oxygen we need to breathe in order to live.”
A native of Colombia, saxophonist and composer, Justo Almario has been fusing Latin, Afro-Cuban, South American, Funk, and Jazz genres for over 35 years, working with such legendary artists as Mongo Santamaria, Freddie Hubbard, Cal Tjader, and Jennifer Lopez. Almario’s newest ensemble combines jazz elements with the Afro-Colombian rhythms such as Cumbión, Porro, Chandé, Fandango, and the best known—Cumbia.