WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT CARRERA QUINTA “BIG BAND” HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR A 2016 LATIN GRAMMY, IN THE CATEGORIE OF LATIN JAZZ ALBUM!!!
Colombian jazz project, Carrera Quinta, has has been nominated for a Latin Grammy, in the categorie of latin Jazz album. The band was established as a sextet in 2006 by Colombian composers Javier Perez Sandoval and Francy Montalvo, specifically designed to perform a blend of contemporary jazz with traditional Colombian music from the Andean Region.
Carrera Quinta´s album features compositions awarded in 2013 by Bogota’s department of Arts, Idartes, and one piece commissioned by Bogotá’s Jazz Festival, Jazz al Parque, in 2014. . The album was financed with an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. The mixing was made in Bogota, Colombia and the mastering in sterling Sound studios in NYC by Randy Merrill. Most of the music featured on the album was composed between 2012 and 2013 in Louisville, KY, where Javier Pérez Sandoval persued his graduate studies in jazz composition with big band arranging legend John La Barbera at University of Louisville School of Music.
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.”