SIMON BOLIVAR BIG BAND JAZZ
The SBBBJ is part of the Simon Bolivar Music Foundation, known worldwide as “El Sistema”, under the
direction of the acclaimed Venezuelan drummer Andrés Briceño it is made up of 40 professional
musicians who work towards excellence, promotion and dissemination of the jazz genre in Venezuela.
Talented performers, playing together the most complex repertoire from traditional jazz to Latin Jazz Fusion where improvisation has a leading character and creativity fulfills the interpretations. In its brief trajectory the SBBBJ shows the musical talent of Venezuelans, who love music and perform it with virtuosity.
Constant workshops and seminars conducted by world renowned jazz maestros such as saxophonist Rolando Briceño; trumpet players James Seely, Edward Wolf and James Delano Zollar; trombonists James Richard Griffin and Stafford Hunter; pianists Daniel Asbury Mixon, Luis Perdomo and Ed Simon; and double bassist Miriam Sullivan contribute to the musical training of the members of the SBBBJ.
“This is wonderful. It’s a totally new thing. I hope from now start a relationship of
mutual enrichment between the Jazz at Lincoln Center and Venezuela. We want to go
to Venezuela and do educational residence. We want to establish a strong relationship”
— Todd Stoll, director of the department of education Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York.
He is a Venezuelan musician, drummer and trumpeter, has performed and toured with prominent artists such Jeff Berlin, Rolando Briceño, Bobby Cruz, Eddie Daniels, Oscar De León, Olegario Díaz, Pedro
Eustache, Cheo Feliciano, Bela Fleck, Pablo Gil, Abraham Laboriel, Leo Quintero, Valdemar Rodríguez, Aldemaro Romero, Otmaro Ruiz, Dave Samuels, Arturo Sandoval, Juan Pablo Torres, Dave Valentín, and
Gerry Weill. He has been guest drummer with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, the Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho Symphony Orchestra, and the Caracas Municipal Orchestra. Currently, Andrés Briceño endorses Blackberry Pearl Batteries, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, and Sabian Cymbals. He holds the post of drum course coordinator at the Simón Bolívar Conservatory of Music, and he is the founding conductor of the Simón Bolívar Big Band Jazz.
Free concert that will give the Simon Bolivar Big Band Jazz in the Spectrum Theater in Rosslyn on January 29, 2015 at 7:30PM
– AJAZZGO 2009 in the city of Cali, before an audience of fifteen thousand people.
– Jazz Al Parque, an event held in the city of Bogota where more than five thousand people applauded
the young Venezuelan band.
– International Jazz Festival in November 2009 Barquisimeto Sharing stage with international jazz
performers as Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Robert Quintero Project.
– EEUU Tour October-November 2012
SBBBJ performed at different important stages such as: New York: Jazz at Lincoln Center
(accompanied by Master Winton Marsalis), Harlem Stage Philip Randolph High School , Harlem Stage
Gatehouse, Queens, Consulate of Venezuela, The Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, New York
University Auditorium and finally in Boston at Jordan Hall New England Conservatory.
– Caracas Jazz Festival. May 2014, sharing stage with national and international artists.