Carrera Quinta, Colombia Andean Jazz , was created in 2006 by Javier Pérez Sandoval and Francy Montalvo. Carrera Quinta  blends contemporary jazz with traditional Colombian music creating an unique, intense and powerful sound. The  new album “Big Band”, financed with a crowdfunding campaign, gives a new perspective for Big Band and Latin Jazz music.

“Carrera Quinta Big Band captures the Colombian folk and jazz sound in compelling fashion and distinguishes this ensemble by defining a unique approach of their own that is sure to resonate throughout the jazz landscape” Ed Blanco All About Jazz

En esencia, published in 2009,  is the band´s debut album. In this Javier and Francy bring a new sound to the traditional Colombian music. Geners like Pasillo, Bambuco and Guabina are blend among Jazz elements.

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Carrera Quinta has participated in competitions around Colombia, such as the 2010 Hatoviejo-Cotrafa Music Festival, one of the most important performance competitions in Colombian traditional music, as well as the 2010 competition Festival de Nuevas Músicas Mestizas (new crossbreed musics) organized by Bogotá’s Chamber of Commerce. In 2009, Francy Montalvo’s composition “En Esencia” was a winner in the Colombian Cultural Department traditional composition competition. In 2006, they received a research scholarship from the Colombian Cultural Department. The research centered on the application of jazz improvisation in Colombian traditional music.

“There are so many remarkable aspects of this album. The compositions are exquisite, the arranging flawless, and the performances splendid. The album is at once delicate and lovely, then powerful and hot. This is the music I love” Travis Rogers Jazz Times

Carrera Quinta features Pedro Acosta (drums), Cesar Medina (saxophone), Dario Montoya (flute), Daniel Montoya (electric bass), Javier Pérez (guitar), and Francy Montalvo (piano), all of them faculty members at Universidad el Bosque School of Music in Bogotá, Colombia.


Carrera Quinta has published two books: Method of Improvisation in the Colombian Pasillo (2006), and Pasillos, Bambucos, Guabinas, An Urban Vision (2009). In December 2006, the magazine Arcadia reviewed their first book and called it one of the most important music books published during that year. They also have published articles about jazz influences in traditional styles in the Colombian Cultural Department’s journal A Contratiempo. Their research has been presented in musical conferences in Colombia and in the VII Congress of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music – Latin American Branch held at Universidad Católica in Lima, Peru in 2008.


Travis Rogers Jazz Times:

Carrera Quinta has crossed successfully into Big Band arrangements of their brilliant compositions. Their performance artistry is without question and their composing is stellar. The album Big Band is a full-blown expression of the sensitivity, delicacy and emotion that can be achieved by an arranger who knows what they are doing.

Edward Blanco All Abou Jazz: 

Kudos to Javier Perez-Sandoval and Francy Montalvo for developing Carrera Quinta into a big band project that works so well here. Carrera Quitna Big Band captures the Colombian folk and jazz sound in compelling fashion and distinguishes this ensemble by defining a unique approach of their own that is sure to resonate throughout the jazz landscape.

Jack Bowers All About Jazz:

Carrera Quinta encompasses a unique new perspective that interweaves the best of two worlds: contemporary American jazz and traditional harmonies and rhythms from South America, in this case the Andean region of Colombia.

Andrea Baquero Magazin Arcadia:

“En esencia” is a value recording because is some way represent the change and a new step in colombian traditional music opening a new door to the future, to make possible to Pasillos, Bambucos and guabinas sound like Chopin Mazurcas o Gershiwn Preludes. “

Jose Enrique Plata:

“Carrera Quinta’s first CD as an assemble, is one of the best musical works to realize that we are in a great moment where the city of Bogotá can take the traditional sound language and unite it with the contemporary, not forgetting their work is also a new musical legacy