B i o g r a p h y
Born in Lima, Peru, Jorge Pérez-Albela began playing drums at age 16. He comes from a long line of musicians and educators that includes Don Isidoro Purizaga and Rafael “Pocho” Purizaga.
In the early nineties Jorge kept a busy schedule performing with Latin Grammy-winning singers Gianmarco and Eva Ayllón.
Perez-Albela begins studies in Afro-Peruvian music and it’s staple percussion instrument, the cajón
In 1994, following his passion for Jazz, Pérez-Albela relocated to the United States to study at the Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Music, later he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee's Global Jazz Institute obtaining his Masters Degree in jazz performance.
Jorge has performed or recorded Internationally with Grammy-winning artists: Maria Schneider, Danilo Perez and Ruben Blades, as well world renown George Garzone, Avishai Cohen, Sofia Rei, Joey Blake, Claudia Acuna, Tania Libertad, Mili Bermejo, Sissy Castrogiovanni, Tal Gamlieli, Roni Eytan, Ehud Ettun, Daniel Blake, Grace Kelly, Jason Palmer, Tim Ray, Geoffrey Keezer, Bert Seager, Jarrett Cherner, Kevin Harris, Marco Pignataro, Nando Michelin, Juan Medrano “Cotito”, Claudio Ragazzi, Eric Kurimski, Chris McDermott, Bruce Bartlett, Yuri Juarez, John Lockwood, Rufus Reid, Eddie Gomez, Jesse Williams, Jorge Roeder, etc.
A Boston resident, Pérez-Albela is actively involved in the city’s jazz scene and frequently commutes to New York City for performances in venues such as: The Blue Note, The Jazz Standard, The Jazz Gallery, Sweet Rhythm, Tonic, Jordan Hall, Scullers jazz club, The Regattabar and The Berklee Performance center.
In 2010, Pérez-Albela joined the faculty for the Summer Performance Program at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
Jorge proudly directs a music mentorship program for "at risk" students in Brookline, Massachusetts that begun in 1997. He has taught at The New England Conservatory, The Panama Jazz Festival, The Internal Compass Jazz Seminar in Israel, La Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Lima, The National Conservatory in Lima, Perú; The National Conservatory in Santo Domingo, The Jerusalem Academy in Israel and at the Portsmouth Dance and Percussion Festival in New Hampshire.
Jorge Perez-Albela will be releasing his first album as a leader "The Time is Now" with nine of his compositions on July 10th, 2020.
This spirited amalgam of the percussionist’s jazz influences and his South American roots includes rhythms from Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Africa and India. The Time is Now features vocalist Jorge’s spouse Sissy Castrogiovanni, pianist Tim Ray, bassist Jesse Williams, guest artists saxophonist Lihi Haruvi, vocalist Santiago Paredes, trumpeter Phil Grenadier alongside Jorge on drum set, Peruvian cajon, percussion and vocals. This Album has been recorded and mixed by Grammy winner sound engineer Rob Griffin.
The ten tracks that make up The Time is Now reflect an array of musical traditions and are tied together by a jazz sensibility. Inspired by the saying “Music unites us. Music connects us to the truth”, Jorge spreads that message with music that sees no border and is rife with emotion.
Photo by Roberto Valenzuela