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Johnny Alegre

Location: PH
Website: http://t.co/8ECEhHfx


Guitarist Juan Bautista H. Alegre (III), aka Johnny Alegre, attended the University of the Philippines College of Music in the latter 1970s, where he studied composition and was a founding member of the U.P. Jazz Ensemble. He studied with the jazz educator Dr. Joseph Howard and pianist Fred Robles, as well as with musicologist-composer Erhard Karkoschka, guitarist Ike Isaacs and composer-scholar Chou Wen-chung.

Alegre is a jazz journeyman whose involvement in bands and studio recording sessions, both as a musician and record producer, spans more than thirty years of Philippine jazz and popular music history and discography.

In 2002, Johnny Alegre formed what became arguably Manila's premier jazz group, AFFINITY, which caught the attention of the U.K.-based jazz record company, Candid Records. Subsequently, the self-titled album, Johnny Alegre AFFINITY, was released in the Philippines in mid-2005 and re-released in England as "Jazzhound", capped by two sold-out engagements in London's PizzaExpress Jazz Club. The second AFFINITY effort engaged Alegre amidst a large and ambitious work, "Eastern Skies", an album of his compositions set to the backdrop of the Global Studio Orchestra conducted by Gerard Salonga. This was released in 2008 by Candid Records.

A breakthrough trio recording was released in 2009 by MCA Music (Universal Music Group), entitled "Johnny Alegre 3", featuring the guitarist with American jazz musicians, Billy Hart (drums) and Ron McClure (bass). This also marked Alegre's induction into the MCA roster as its first jazz artist from the Philippines.

In mid-2011, MCA-Universal released Alegre's latest album project, "Humanfolk", a collaborative world music suite he undertook with the New York based avant-garde percussionist, Susie Ibarra, together with drummer Roberto Juan Rodriguez and Philippines-based musical artists Cynthia Alexander and Malek Lopez.