Jazz musicians play to their parent’s tune

By Elizabeth Toy Jazz musicians Justo Almario and Abraham Laboriel drew in a modest, but devoted crowd of jazz enthusiasts Nov. 6 at the First Friday Jazz performance. The duo opened the evening with a song which they  dedicated to all who helped them in their lives. Almario switched between playing the flute, clarinet and saxophone, while Laboriel played the bass. “We are doing the songs that my father wrote,”…

November 18, 2015
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Famed performers to star in First Friday Jazz

By Elizabeth Toy The Music Department is preparing for the arrival of Justo Almario and Abraham Laboriel, two famed jazz instrumentalists who will star in the First Friday Jazz Series Nov. 6. Listeners can look forward to a fusion of Cuban, Afro, Improvisational jazz as well as jazz standards, American funk and modal jazz. “During the evening (Laboriel and Almario) will introduce music from their native countries of Mexico and…

October 28, 2015
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First friday jazz series kicks off with East Los Angeles jazz quintet

February 11, 2013

By Sergio Berrueta The new spring season of East Los Angeles College’s First Friday Jazz Series kicked off with the East L.A. Jazz Quintet coming into their own to provide jazz at its finest. After a fifteen minute late start, the quintet played a freeform jazz improv to start off with the Music Department and ELAC professor Bob Dawson performing a masterful performance on the trombone. Justo Almario, a music…

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Justo Almario Quartet kicks off Friday jazz series

September 18, 2012

By Vivian Ramirez The First Friday Jazz Series kicked off the new semester with a performance by the Justo Almario Quartet in the S2 Recital Hall on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. The group is composed of bassist John Pena, guitarist Ramon Stagnaro, drummer Walter Rodriguez, and features saxophonist Justo Almario. Almario is a well-known musician in the industry who has shared the stage with Tito Puente, Charles Mingus, and Queen…

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Instructor brings rhythm to recital hall

By Dulce Carillo Smooth urban jazz music and laughs from Bob Dawson’s jokes were what came to be from the First Friday Jazz Concert at the Recital Hall in S2. The East Los Angeles Jazz Quintet are five incredible musicians who have known each other for years and call each other brothers that headlined the semester’s first concert event. Justo Almario plays the sax and clarinet, Ramon Banda,  drums, Guillermo Guzman,…

February 29, 2012
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