2011 BeanTown Jazz FestivalPablo Ablanedo Octet
Argentina-born Pablo Ablanedo '96 is a pianist, composer, bandleader, and teacher who has lived in the United States since 1993, when he began his jazz composition studies at Berklee. At Berklee, he studied with Herb Pomeroy, Jeff Friedman, and Greg Hopkins, and received the John Dankworth Award for Jazz Composition.
From 1997 through 2001 Ablanedo was an invited member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop in New York City, directed by Jim McLean and Manny Albam. His arrangements were recorded by the Marcelo Gutfraind Jazz Sextet for its Rio Abajo disc. He has written music for the television production The 500 Miles of the Rio de la Plata and for the tango group Amacord. He received an honorable mention in the 2000 Jazz Composers Alliance Julius Hemphill Composition Awards. He also leads the Pablo Ablanedo Octet with which he has recorded two albums: From Down There and Alegría.