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 singer Gianmarco and Grammy-nominated Peruvian singer, Eva Ayllón. Inspired by the beauty and richness of Peruvian music, Pérez-Albela began to study 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.
His versatility, deep knowledge of jazz and South American rhythms and his ability to integrate jazz drums with cajón makes him a one-of-a-kind musician.
He has performed or recorded with Grammy-winning artists: Maria Schneider, Danilo Perez and Ruben Blades, as well world renown George Garzone, Avishai Cohen, Sofia Rei Koutsovitis, 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, 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.
Jorge has toured throughout Europe with Sofia Rei Koutsovitis, Javier Vercher, Albert Sanz and Andre Fernandes, performing at prestigious venues and festivals such as "El Festival Grec" in Barcelona. In 2013 he performed at the Panama Jazz Festival with Ruben Blades and Danilo Perez. Also in 2013, Jorge was in Benin and Togo with The BGJI, performing, teaching, studying and collaborating with African musicians. In 2014 Jorge performed with Marco Pignataro and Eddie Gomez at the Beantown Jazz Festival. In 2013, Jorge performed at The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival along with Marco Pignataro and Rufus Reid. He was also volunteering for The Dream Project, a program that teaches arts and life skills to children "at risk" in the DR. He returned to the DR Jazz Festival in 2018 performing with Sissy Castrogiovanni, Tim Ray and Jesse Williams and offering clinics for FeduJazz.
Pérez-Albela has been featured at the "2010 International Cajon Festival" leading his quintet with singer Sofia Rei, bassist Jorge Roeder, pianist Bert Seager and guitarist Eric Kurimski. Also featured at the "Jazz en Lima" International Festival (Peru) with his jazz trio (w/ Eli Degibri on sax and Edward Perez on bass). He returned for the 2013, 2015 and 2018 editions of the Festival.
Jorge is a member of The Pisco Trio, a jazz exploration unit with world renown saxophonist, George Garzone and israeli bassist, Ehud Ettun. They have been touring in South America and were featured at The Panama Jazz Festival 2014 edition.
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.