Alí Bello – electroacoustic violin
Gabriel Chakarji – keyboard
Bambam Rodríguez – bass
Ismael “Maelo” Baiz – drums
& special guest
Venezuelan born Alí Bello has become one of the most dazzling and sought after violinists thanks to his versatility among different music styles and multidimensional improvisational skills. Since his surge from El Sistema, the musical education program of his country, and after building upon years of experience in New York, he has become a Latin jazz music figure to be reckoned with.
During his career, Alí has collaborated and performed with such figures as Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Samuels, and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He has also recorded and performed with bands of great tradition such as Orquesta Broadway, José Fajardo, Johnny Pacheco, and Africando as well as modern fusion bands like Los Jóvenes del Barrio.
It is much beyond the amazing Afro Latin rhythms that Alí’s strings reach. He has become a sultry sound in tango, regularly performing with Grammy winner bandoneonist Raul Jaurena and Daniel Binelli, and a regular collaborator on scores with flamenco guitarist Pedro Cortés. His repertoire expands even further to include gypsy jazz and American folk music, as a member of Doc Severinsen & El Ritmo De La Vida. He has also infused the violin into the popular rhythms of R&B, performing live with The Roots, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z. Alí can be heard arranging and collaborating dance beats with Grammy winner producer Louie Vega and Luisito Quintero, as well as recording with award winning groups Aventura and Don Omar. His violin has backed up amazing singers of the stature of Mercedes Sosa, Susana Baca, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Alejandro Fernández, and Cheo Feliciano among others.
Alí Bello & The Sweet Wire Band
Captivating audiences with an invigorating and fresh perspective of Latin jazz, Alí Bello and The Sweet Wire Band presents a fusion of Latin jazz with many different Afro-Venezuelan and Caribbean musical styles, featuring an array of Venezuelan percussion like Quitiplás, Culo’e Puyas, and Fulia drummings among others.
Most recently, his new album Connection Caracas – New York, under the New York music label Zoho Music, has been reviewed as one of the Top 50 Jazz CD’s of 2013 by JazzTimes Magazine. The album has been ranked 4th among The Best CDs Released in 2013 by JAZZIZ Magazine and has also been named Album Of The Week by the Latin Jazz Network, among other reviews.
“Thanks to Ali Bello’s ravishing violin and the fervently receptive support of his musicians, the music consistently exudes vitality, cohesiveness and a natural flow.”
Scott Albin / JazzTimes
“Alí Bello is a master of his instrument; a player of extraordinary refinement, who seems to suffuse the violin with a powerful electrical charge as he plays it”…
Raul da Gama / Latin Jazz Network
“The mix of classical, folk, jazz, roots, and Latin genres are very compelling and enthralling”… Matthews Forss / Inside World Music
“A wonderful, indefatigable set that just keeps right on delivering”…
Chris Spector / Midwest Records