Big band leader/singer/accordionist Gregorio Uribe was born in Colombia, studied at Berklee College of Music, and is now based in New York where he leads the Gregorio Uribe Big Band, a 16-piece orchestra that blends Colombian rhythms with big band arrangements. The band has held a monthly residency at Zinc Bar for four years and has performed at the Kennedy Center, Iridium Jazz Club, and Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, among others. Their debut album—financed by their followers in a successful Kickstarter campaign—presents a collection of songs that is both danceable and sophisticated. Uribe has been an artist in residence at Dartmouth College and a commissioned composer for Arturo O'Farrill’s Grammy-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.
Famed New York area radio station WBGO-FM/wbgo.org, NPR Music, and Berklee College of Music are teaming up to present the fourth year of The Checkout—Live at Berklee. The series brings critically acclaimed, New York-based Berklee alumni back to their alma mater for concerts in the Red Room at Cafe 939. The shows will be broadcast in New York over WBGO-FM as a special edition of The Checkout, the acclaimed multimedia show featuring what’s new on New York’s jazz scene. In addition, selected shows will be webcast live worldwide in high definition and available for on-demand listening at NPRmusic.org. They are also archived at Checkoutjazz.org.