Berklee Summer in the CityGregorio Uribe Big Band

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Wednesday / July 18, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
United States
Gregorio Uribe

When he was 17 years old, Gregorio Uribe decided to learn about different music techniques and genres by backpacking and performing in streets, buses, and beaches around South America. After this experience, Uribe earned his bachelor's degree at Berklee College of Music, where he was influenced by jazz arranging, which induced him to create a very unique project: the Gregorio Uribe Big Band. 

The Gregorio Uribe Big Band is a 16-piece musical experience that blends Afro-Colombian rhythms with funk grooves and powerful big band arranging. This music machine brings together musicians from many countries around the world who, under Gregorio Uribe's leadership and vision, create a masterpiece of Latin rhythms. 

This energetic and modern approach to the music of his country has led him to share the stage with such renowned artists as Grammy-winners Rubén Blades and Carlos Vives and to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Uribe has been interviewed on CNN, NY1 News, and New York Daily News, as well as in some of the most prestigious press in Colombia, such as El Tiempo (Colombia's largest newspaper) and Jet Set magazine. 

The band constantly performs in some of New York's most renowned venues, including the Highline Ballroom, SOB's, Iridium Jazz Club, and the Prospect Park Bandshell, and they currently perform once a month at one of the city's most "happening" music venues: Zinc Bar. The band has also performed at the Rhode Island State House, Gloria Estefan's Bongos Café in Miami, Regattarbar in Boston, and, most recently, at Carlos Vives' Gaira Cumbia House in Bogotá, Colombia.

Their first single "Caribe Contigo" was featured for four week on MTV Tr3s, giving them tremendous exposure among their followers.