Originally from Córdoba Argentina, Pedro Giraudo moved to New York City in 1996. Since then he has become a highly versatile bassist, composer and arranger, performing in a wide variety of musical projects, both his own award winning Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra and as a member of several prominent ensembles, ranging from tango to jazz.
Pedro Giraudo has collaborated with Grammy award winner Pablo Ziegler, 9 time Grammy award winner Paquito D'Rivera, and Dizzy Gillespie's protégé William Cepeda, as well as 'Tango meets Jazz' guests: Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garret, Regina Carter, Nestor Torres, Miguel Zenon among many others. In 2014 Ruben Blades' CD "Tangos" on which he recorded bass won two Grammys Awards (Best Tango Album & Best Latin Pop). Pedro Giraudo has also been the musical director of Mariela Franganillo Company's "Tango Connection" and "Tango Recuerdo" and performed with U.S.'s most prominent tango ensembles including 'Forever Tango', Hector Del Curto's Eternal Tango, Fernando Otero's X-Tango and Daniel Binelli's 'Tango Metropolis'. He has participated in numerous jazz and music festivals throughout the North America, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia, and performed in venues such as The Blue Note (Japan & USA), Birdland (Austria), London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, Jazz Festival Royale in Thailand, Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Iridium, Jazz Standard, Blue Note, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall (NYC).
As a composer and arranger, Giraudo lead three ensembles (Pedro Giraudo Sextet, Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra and Pedro Giraudo Expansions Big Band), and has been hailed by critics as one of the most creative and daring bandleaders on the scene today. His compositions combine his love of classical forms, Argentine tango and folk music, and the spontaneity of jazz improvisation. The band, which boasts some of New York's finest jazz musicians, has performed regularly in the most prestigious jazz clubs in the New York City area, including the Jazz Standard, Birdland, The Jazz Gallery, Blue Note, Joe's Pub, as well as abroad. John Murph of Downbeat described Giraudo's music as "an opulent listening experience of modern, orchestral jazz, brimming with passionate improvisations, deliberate contrapuntal melodies and plush harmonies. Pedro Giraudo has also conducted the world renown WDR Big Band and Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.
His discography includes 'Córdoba' (Zoho Music 2011), 'El Viaje' (2009) , 'Desconsuelo' (2005), 'Mr Vivo' (2002) and 'Destiny of Flowers' (2000). 'Córdoba' won 2011 Latin Jazz Corner's: "Latin Jazz Large Ensemble Album Of The Year", "Latin Jazz Boundary Breaking Album Of The Year"," South American Jazz Album Of The Year", and "Latin Jazz Composition Of The Year"; while 'El Viaje' won 2010 "Best Latin Jazz Album Of The Year," and "Best Latin Jazz Large Ensemble Album Of The Year," as well as "Best Latin Jazz Composition".
In 2013 Pedro Giraudo was commissioned by Música de Cámara a piece for string orchestra which will be presented in May 2014. He recently finished pieces for members of the San Diego Symphony and for Japanese clarinetist
Sawako Yoshida. In 2008, Giraudo was awarded a composer's commission through the Jazz Gallery in New York, for a new work for his large ensemble; and in 2010, he was commissioned by the JazzReach initiative to compose a new work for their Big Drum/Small World main-stage program.
He has played bass on dozens of recordings for the world's leading labels including Sony, Warner, Nonesuch, Naxos and Harmonia Mundi, as well as for independent projects, and on movies including Oliver Stone's 'Wall Street II'. He is also the principal bassist of the Hudson Symphony Orchestra and the Música de Cámara String Ensemble. Pedro Giraudo is endorsed by the gold standard in string makers, D'Addario, and the outstanding Keeley Electronics.
Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra
Will Vinson, alto sax, soprano sax & flute
Todd Bashore, alto sax & flute
Luke Batson, tenor sax, flute & clarinet
Carl Maraghi, baritone sax & bass clarinet
Jonathan Powell, trumpet
Tatum Greenblatt, trumpet & flugelhorn
Ryan Keberle, trombone
Mike Fahie, trombone
Jess Jurkovic, piano
Jeff Davis, drums
Tony De Vivo, cajon
Pedro Giraudo, bass and composition
Special guest: Sofia Tosello, Voice
Pedro Giraudo Sextet
Alejandro Aviles, Tenor Sax
Jonathan Powell, Trumpet
Ryan Keberle, Trombone
Jess Jurkovic, Piano
Jeff Davis, Drum Set
Pedro Giraudo, Bass & Composition
Band Member Bios
Will Vinson (soprano sax, alto sax & flute)
Since arriving in New York City in 1999, alto saxophonist/composer has appeared and/or recorded with Mike Stern, Ingrid Jensen, Chris Potter, Geoff Keezer, Lage Lund, Ari Hoenig, John Benitez, Seamus Blake, Vincent Herring, Alan Ferber, Victor Lewis, Ron Affif, Aaron Parks, Daphnis Prieto, and many others. All About Jazz New York describes Will as playing “with a relentless force”. After a performance at the Pizza Express Soho in London, Jack Massarik (London Evening Standard) described Will as "the thinking man's alto saxophonist... 's Greg Osby". Will’s newly released CD, Promises (NineteenEight Records), has already been described as “impressive” and “coolly restrained” by Nate Chinen of the New York Times.
Todd Bashore (also sax & flute)
Mr. Bashore received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Duke University, and a Masters in Jazz performance from Queens College where he studied with Jimmy Heath.He has performed with Toshiko Akioshi, David Berger, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Roland Hanna, Jimmy Heath, Paul Jeffrey, Gary Morgan, Chico O'Farrill, Ken Peplowski, Ray Santos, and Bobby Short. Other performance highlights include the JVC Jazz Festival and the Broadway musical Swing.He has recorded with Roland Hanna and Paul Jeffrey.
Alejandro Aviles (soprano & alto saxes, flute and clarinet)
Alejandro Danilo Aviles is a first generation Cuban American, born and raised in New York. While living in Puerto Rico, Mr. Aviles had the opportunity to perform with some of the giants in Latin jazz today. These include performances with Giovanni Hidalgo, Charlie Sepulveda, William Cepeda, Hilton Ruiz, Jerry Gonzalez, Miguel Zenon, Dave Valentine, and a couple of memorable performances with masters such as Danilo Perez and David Sanchez. At the annual "Heineken Jazz Festival" held in Puerto Rico, Alejandro performed as a sideman with the "Ramon Vasquez Quartet" and the "Tribute to Chick Corea Big Band" featuring Chick Corea, Paquito D' Rivera, Airto Morales, and Gary Burton. Most recently, the "Alejandro Aviles Latin Jazz Quartet" was selected by the "Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts" and "Jazz at Lincoln Center" to represent the United States as "Jazz Ambassadors".
Luke Batson (tenor sax, flute & clarinet)
Luke collaborated on numerous jazz, rock/funk, classical, and world music projects and has performed in many top music venues. As a participant in the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles in 1999, he was the soprano saxophone soloist for the world premiere of Ralf Schmidt's “Wiegenlied fur Fabiana” for soprano saxophone and orchestra. He has performed with Ray Charles, Frankie Valley and the Four Seasons, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Bill Mobley Big Band, the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and the Box Tops as well as appearing in the orchestras of numerous off-Broadway shows. He is currently on the faculty of the Amadeus Conservatory of Music in Westchester, New York and Hunter College High School.
Carl Maraghi (bari sax & bass clarinet)
Originally from Montreal, he moved to New York City. He received his Artist Diploma from the prestigious Juilliard School. He performed in concerts with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in New York City, and also for the President of the at The White House, in Washington D.C. He is part of the David Berger and the Sultans Of Swing big band, touring and recording regularly in the and Europe. The Sultans perform every Tuesday night at the New York jazz club “Birdland”. They also recorded music for actor/director Denzel Washington’s latest movie “The Great Debaters”. He has been involved with Argentinian composer extraordinaire Pedro Giraudo’s orchestra for several years as well as performing on the Broadway show hit Jersey Boys. He recently recorded with singer Alicia Keys on her latest CD “As I Am” and performed with Stewart Copeland, composer and drummer of the rock group The Police. Carl Maraghi leads and composes for many different projects including film scores, his own quartet and quintet, the Carl Maraghi Sax Ensemble, and the Gerry Mulligan Tribute 4tet.
Jonathan Powell (trumpet)
Originally from Largo, Florida; made his exodus to New York City in 2001 at the age of 19. Since then he has worked with many notable artists including jazz legends Sam Rivers, Andy Milne, Kenny Werner, Charlie Persip, Dave Douglas, Gary Thomas, Lenny White, and Reggie Workman; as well as hip hop and pop superstars Just Blaze, RBD, Alice Smith, Blitz the Ambassador, Q-Tip, Platinum Pied Pipers, Slick Rick and Snoop Dogg. Jazz critic Nat Hentoff wrote of Jonathan's playing on a Sam Rivers album "Powell's crackling range and the electricity of his imagination reminded me of the first time I heard Lee Morgan and Clifford Brown. His voice is his own..." -JazzTimes (April 2003). Jonathan also leads his own electronic fused jazz group which will be releasing their debut album "Transcend" in the Fall.
Tatum Greenblatt (trumpet & flugelhorn)
At twenty-five years of age trumpeter Tatum Greenblatt is quickly establishing himself as an important voice on New York City’s modern Jazz scene. Mentioned on Wynton Marsalis’ website as one of his favorite young trumpet players, (www.wyntonmarsalis.com/FAQ) Tatum Greenblatt has appeared with the legendary Mr. Marsalis, as well as with Joe Lovano, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, The Mingus Big Band, The George Gruntz Concert Jazz Big Band, David Berger’s Sultan’s of Swing, The Fat Cat Big Band, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Christian McBride, Jimmy Cobb, Jeremy Pelt, Sara Gazarek, Reggie Workman, George Garzone, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, among many others. Currently finishing his Master’s Degree at The Juilliard School, Tatum can be heard performing frequently around New York City a variety of different groups. He is also co-producing an album with his band, The Here and Now Quintet, for the Origin record label that is slated to be released in the summer of 2008.
Ryan Keberle (trombone)
Since his arrival in New York City, jazz trombonist and composer Ryan Keberle has been a sought-after musician, playing in many different styles including all genres of jazz, avant-garde, Latin, classical, and rock. When not performing in New York City's major venues, including Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Allen Room, Birdland, and the Bowery Ballroom, he is often touring the country and the world, having performed in Scandinavia, , , , , , , , and others. Recently, Mr. Keberle performed on NBC with the Saturday Night Live band, and was selected as one of ten finalists for the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trombone Competition. Aside from being a regular member of the Maria Schneider Orchestra and about 15 other ensembles based in New York City, Ryan has also performed or recorded with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Frank Wess, Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, Charles McPherson, the late Percy Heath, Teo Mac.
Mike Fahie (trombone)
Trombonist and composer Mike Fahie, a native of Ottawa, Canada, has been active performing and writing music in New York for 8 years. Shortly after finishing his Master’s Degree at the Manhattan School of Music, Mike’s developing passion for composition led him to create the Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra, a group which is is currently active with both education and performance in New York. Mike is an active member of the creative music scene in New York, and in 2003 he was selected as a finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trombone Competition. He recently recorded his first small-group album with jazz greats Billy Hart, Ben Monder, Bill McHenry and Ben Street. Other musicians Mike has performed and toured with with include Ken Peplowski, John McNeil, Ingrid Jensen, Jon Cowherd, the Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, Ranee Lee, Holly Larocque, Paul Carlon & Darcy James Argue.
Jess Jurkovic (piano)
Pianist, composer, and arranger, has been Pedro Giraudo's only pianist since he started his original band in 2000. He has been active in the New York City area for over 10 years, acquiring his Master's degree from Manhattan School of Music. He has just released a solo piano album, Two Hands, Vol. 1, featuring standards and originals. Visit www.jessjurkovic.com for a full bio, links to Jess's available recordings, and more.
Jeff Davis (drums)
Energetic and spirited player who, since moving to New York in 1999, has been making a name for himself on the local and international Jazz scene. His drumming has been described by reviewers as ‘textural’ and ‘effortless’ in such hailed ensembles as Fresh Sound recording artists Eivind Opsvik Overseas and Kris Davis’ Rye Eclipse. Jeff has performed with such artists as Tony Malaby, Chris Speed, Gebhard Ullmann, Brad Shepik, and Reggie Workman. Jeff has toured Europe and and has performed at several prominent jazz festivals, including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Oslo Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Jazz Festival, and the Ear Shot Jazz Festival. Jeff performs and has recorded with a number of creative ensembles in New York, including Tone Collector, the Kirk Knuffke Quartet, the Jesse Stacken trio, Michael Bates' Outside Sources, The RIDD Quartet, and Jon Irabagon’s OUTRIGHT! . Davis is currently leading and composing for his own ensemble, the Jeff Davis Band, featuring Tony Barba, Kirk Knuffke, Jon Goldberger, Kris Davis and Eivind Opsvik.
Tony De Vivo (cajon)
Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Stared playing the drum-set age of 11. In 1986 at age 16 started working as a musician in Caracas. Moved to NY in 1991. Mr. De Vivo has toured South America, West Africa and Europe with different groups. Has participated with The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the U.S. Department of State for inclusion in the : "Jazz Ambassadors" program. Touring South America(2003) and West Africa (2006). Tony performs in NYC with Pablo Moya's "Yuka Seka", the flamenco group Gazpacho Andalu, among many others artists in the NYC area.
Sofia Tosello (voice)
Singer born in Cordoba . Sofia moved to New York in 1999, where she studied jazz at The City College of New York with legendary singer, Sheila Jordan. Sofia has performed and recorded with a number of artists, such as, Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra (Jazz Gallery and Jazz Standard), Jose Conde y La Ola Fresca (Joe’s Pub), Alex Cuba (Central Park), Thalia (Madison Square Garden), Christos Rafalides Latin Quintet (Zinc Bar) , Cocomama’s (an all woman salsa group), Retumba ( Walt Disney Theatre, LA) and her own project Sofia Tosello band (Smoke), among others.