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About Guillermo Nojechowicz


EL ECO with Guillermo Nojechowicz -- the Brazilian-Argentine jazz ensemble that has been called by writer Bob Blumenthal "the seedbed" of much of the Latin jazz scene in the Northeast (USA) -- is now getting national attention following its broadcast performance on National Public Radio's "Jazz Set” with host vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater (Grammy Award).

Last year receiving standing ovations in Boston at Scullers, the band performed with trumpeter Avishai Cohen and Cuban pianist Osmany Paredes. Other performances have included the Curacao International Jazz Festival in the Netherland Antilles and the Telluride Jazz Celebration in Telluride, Colorado, with guest Airto Moreira. The Telluride line-up included Herbie Hancock and Terence Blanchard, among others.

Recently EL ECO performed in Guillermo’s native Argentina at the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival. Performing with EL ECO in Buenos Aires were Grammy Award-winning vocalist Kim Nazarian, pianist Helio Alves (Joe Henderson), and bass-player Fernando Huergo (Marta Gomez). He also recently appeared at the Panama Jazz Festival with Artistic Director Danilo Perez, where he taught master classes in Brazilian jazz.

Growing up in Buenos Aires, Guillermo absorbed the rhythms of tango, Argentinian folk dance, and candombe. Melding those sounds with the percussive elements of Brazilian jazz and the tighter lines of bebop and traditional jazz, darkened by echoes of Piazolla, Nojechowicz delivers what Time Out/Japan has called ‘true world music at its best.” The band's next project is about Nojechowicz's heritage. His paternal family traveled from Eastern Europe to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1933 avoiding dying in the Camps.

The Brazilian Argentinean jazz ensemble, based in Boston and New York City, offers true world music at its best. Their material is strikingly original, delivered with strong vocals, percussive drive, and real lyric focus. EL ECO combines the warm and lustrous sounds of samba and candombe with the tighter lines of bebop and straight-ahead jazz, darkened by echoes of Piazolla. A drummer, Nojechowicz writes from the beat, delivering a complex mix of Cuban, Afro-Cuban, Bossa Nova, and Funk rhythms. EL ECO offers music that crosses frontiers. Artists performing with El Eco have included Claudio Roditi (trumpet); Luciana Souza (vocals); Romero Lubambo (guitar); Avishai Cohen (trumpet), Hendrik Meurkens (harmonica) and Diego Urcola (trumpet).

EL ECO's leader Guillermo Nojechowicz is also an international clinician and educator. He recently performed with his student ensemble and special guest Wynton Marsalis at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in a collaboration program with Harvard University. This year he traveled to the Panama Jazz Festival, Panama with his World Jazz Ensemble. The festival included artists like Danilo Perez, Chucho Valdes and John Scofield.

Guillermo Nojechowicz joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 06, 2013