Gabriel Vicéns

Gabriel Vicens in performance at the 2014 Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival
By Wilbert Sostre
Gabriel Vicens in performance at the 2014 Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival
By Wilbert Sostre

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Born in 1988, Gabriel Vicéns has quickly become a respected figure in the Puerto Rican jazz scene. He attended the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico and graduated Summa Cum Laude as the first jazz guitarist. In 2012, at only 23 years old, he completed his first solo album, Point In Time, which featured jazz legend Eddie Gómez, who describes Vicéns as a creative musician that displays a new vision on the guitar, and tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, and was critically acclaimed in multiple local and international magazines. He has recorded and played on stage with renowned musicians like Eddie Gómez, David Sánchez, Alex Sipiagin, Miguel Zenon, Paoli Mejias, Henry Cole, Ricardo Pons, Angel David Matos, Sammy Morales, Jonathan Suazo, Junior Irizarry, Ramon Vazquez, Gonchi Sifre, Ricky Rodriguez, Hector Matos, Mario Castro, Norberto Ortiz, David Piro Rodriguez, Efrain Martinez, Julito Alvarado, Alejandro Aviles, Jimmy Rivera and many more.

Vicéns has garnered much attention performing live at some of the most important jazz festivals in the country such as the Heineken Jazz Fest, Heineken "Ventana al Jazz," the "Festival de Jazz del Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico," the "Festival de Jazz Inter-Metro," Long Weekend's Jazz Fest, and "La Estrella del Norte Jazz Festival." He is also known as one of the best sideman guitarists in the Puerto Rican jazz scene, often playing with top groups like SM Quinteto, Jonathan Suazo Quintet and Henry Cole & The Afrobeat Collective.

At 24 years old, he joined the Music Department at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, where he currently teaches guitar at a collegiate level. Most recently, he recorded his second solo album, Days, produced with jazz trumpet player Alex Sipiagin, featuring musicians such as Alex Sipiagin himself, David Sánchez and Paoli Mejias. It will be released under Inner Circle Music, the label created by influential saxophonist Greg Osby to promote creative art produced by idealist thinkers.


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03/28/14    Photos    By Wilbert Sostre

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