ANDRE AVELINO

Andre Avelino studied music and graduated from Howard University, a cornerstone of his musical development. Upon graduation, he joined the band of his mentor Maria Rodriguez where he performed as guitarist and tres player. She encouraged him to compose and arrange which eventually led him to compose for various bands in Puerto Rico. He was particularly honored when the great percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo and Angel “Cachete” Maldonado were included in one of his Latin jazz arrangements for former Fania recording artist Orlando Pabellon. 


He began to perform or record with various internationally acclaimed musicians of the islands jazz community such as Jimmy Rivera, Ramon Vazquez, Paoli Mejias, Eric Figueroa, Jose Furito Rios, Mark Monts de Oca, Cheguito Encarnacion and Hector Barez among others. Upon joining the Naval Music program he relocated to Chicago performing or recording with Tony Smalls, Larry Gray, George Fludas and Malcolm Banks. He later moved to New Orleans whereas a member of arranging great Wardell Quezergue's band, he performed with Jean Knight, Aaron Neville, King Floyd, Gatemouth Brown, and Juanita Brooks. He also did sideman gigs with George Finch and saxophone great, Clarence Johnson (of Oscar award-winning movie, “Ray”) while performing in jazz festivals.


In the Navy, he was featured soloist with various jazz luminaries including Richie Cole and Terell Stafford. He has performed with Gerardo Colon Ortiz Latin Jazz Trio, Against All Odds, Rhonda Thomas, Toni Byrd, and The DexBass Experience. His exquisite solos and arranging with Mark Monts de Oca were invaluable on the creation of this recording, There Will Never Be Another You. 

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