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March 23, 1991 | JANICE L. JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"It will be like a conversation, a creative exchange of ideas," said Latin jazz artist Justo Almario, who performs today with Marcos Ariel at the San Juan Capistrano Regional Library. "Just piano and woodwinds. Very intimate." The concert by Almario, who is from Colombia, and Ariel, from Brazil, will give Orange County Latin jazz enthusiasts a taste of South American rhythms that the artists say are not commonly heard in the United States. "It's not the usual club setting," said Ariel.
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August 16, 2002 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Anyone who's heard saxophonist-flutist Justo Almario in action has to wonder why this extraordinary player has had such relatively low visibility throughout his highly productive musical career. Since he settled in the Los Angeles area in the '70s, the Colombian-born artist has performed in every imaginable musical style, with artists ranging from Freddie Hubbard and Roy Ayers to the Clayton-Hamilton band, Poncho Sanchez and almost any other major Southland player one can mention.
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August 25, 1995 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When saxophonist-flutist Justo Almario and bassist Abraham Laboriel join forces Saturday at the San Juan Capistrano Regional Library, they'll be marking a friendship that has lasted some 35 years. "We met at the Berklee School of Music [in Boston] in 1969," Almario recalled on the phone from his home in Los Angeles. "I'm from Colombia, and Abraham is from Mexico, and we got together because we found we both had the same problem: We couldn't speak English."
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August 29, 1995 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bassist Abraham Laboriel and saxophonist Justo Almario have a history together. Friends since their days about 25 years ago at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, they have continued their musical relationship, appearing on each other's albums and at club and concert dates. So when they come together in a group using both their names, as they did Saturday at the San Juan Capistrano Regional Library, one expects a feel-good, family affair. And that's exactly what one got.
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August 29, 1995 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bassist Abraham Laboriel and saxophonist Justo Almario have a history together. Friends since their days about 25 years ago at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, they have continued their musical relationship, appearing on each other's albums and at club and concert dates. So when they come together in a group using both their names, as they did Saturday at the San Juan Capistrano Regional Library, one expects a feel-good, family affair. And that's exactly what one got.
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May 23, 1989 | DON HECKMAN
When everything's working right, there's nothing quite like the combination of jazz and Latin rhythms to lift the spirits and bring a little joy to one's life. At At My Place, everything was working just fine as Brazilian pianist-composer Marcos Ariel showed up to fill the room with South American musical sunshine. Devoting much of his set to pieces from a new WEA album, "Terra Do Indio," Ariel revealed a major-league compositional talent. His vibrant works--rich with shifting multiple rhythms--managed to combine the twists and turns of be-bop articulation with the soaring melodies of the samba.
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December 7, 1990 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's been a long road to Southern California for Colombian-born saxophonist-flutist Justo Almario. "I was born on the Caribbean coast where a lot of African-style percussion is played. My father played congas and other percussion and that's what I wanted to do." But at age 11, Almario, who leads a quartet Saturday at the San Juan Capistrano Regional Library, was influenced by his father to take up the piccolo.
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March 25, 1991 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Instrumental duos usually seem to fall short. Tempos drag while the musicians focus on melody and their harmonic blend. Or too much attention is paid to rhythm while lyrical form is forgotten. Often the pair is so involved in establishing a musical base that there's no room for improvisational spark. But when duos click, the music seems to take care of itself and the performance becomes a showcase of empathy and interplay.
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October 19, 1992 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Saxophonist-flutist Justo Almario has taken part in some magic nights at the regional library here, working in duets with Brazilian keyboardist Marcos Ariel, or adding color to bassist-guitarist Abraham Laboriel's trio. Saturday, the Colombian-born Almario was back, leading his own quartet--keyboardist Otmar Ruiz, bassist Jerry Watts and drummer Bill Maxwell--in a first set pulled entirely from his new CD "Heritage."
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August 16, 2002 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Anyone who's heard saxophonist-flutist Justo Almario in action has to wonder why this extraordinary player has had such relatively low visibility throughout his highly productive musical career. Since he settled in the Los Angeles area in the '70s, the Colombian-born artist has performed in every imaginable musical style, with artists ranging from Freddie Hubbard and Roy Ayers to the Clayton-Hamilton band, Poncho Sanchez and almost any other major Southland player one can mention.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 1995 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When saxophonist-flutist Justo Almario and bassist Abraham Laboriel join forces Saturday at the San Juan Capistrano Regional Library, they'll be marking a friendship that has lasted some 35 years. "We met at the Berklee School of Music [in Boston] in 1969," Almario recalled on the phone from his home in Los Angeles. "I'm from Colombia, and Abraham is from Mexico, and we got together because we found we both had the same problem: We couldn't speak English."
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October 19, 1992 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Saxophonist-flutist Justo Almario has taken part in some magic nights at the regional library here, working in duets with Brazilian keyboardist Marcos Ariel, or adding color to bassist-guitarist Abraham Laboriel's trio. Saturday, the Colombian-born Almario was back, leading his own quartet--keyboardist Otmar Ruiz, bassist Jerry Watts and drummer Bill Maxwell--in a first set pulled entirely from his new CD "Heritage."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 1991 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Instrumental duos usually seem to fall short. Tempos drag while the musicians focus on melody and their harmonic blend. Or too much attention is paid to rhythm while lyrical form is forgotten. Often the pair is so involved in establishing a musical base that there's no room for improvisational spark. But when duos click, the music seems to take care of itself and the performance becomes a showcase of empathy and interplay.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 1991 | JANICE L. JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"It will be like a conversation, a creative exchange of ideas," said Latin jazz artist Justo Almario, who performs today with Marcos Ariel at the San Juan Capistrano Regional Library. "Just piano and woodwinds. Very intimate." The concert by Almario, who is from Colombia, and Ariel, from Brazil, will give Orange County Latin jazz enthusiasts a taste of South American rhythms that the artists say are not commonly heard in the United States. "It's not the usual club setting," said Ariel.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 1990 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's been a long road to Southern California for Colombian-born saxophonist-flutist Justo Almario. "I was born on the Caribbean coast where a lot of African-style percussion is played. My father played congas and other percussion and that's what I wanted to do." But at age 11, Almario, who leads a quartet Saturday at the San Juan Capistrano Regional Library, was influenced by his father to take up the piccolo.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 1989 | DON HECKMAN
When everything's working right, there's nothing quite like the combination of jazz and Latin rhythms to lift the spirits and bring a little joy to one's life. At At My Place, everything was working just fine as Brazilian pianist-composer Marcos Ariel showed up to fill the room with South American musical sunshine. Devoting much of his set to pieces from a new WEA album, "Terra Do Indio," Ariel revealed a major-league compositional talent. His vibrant works--rich with shifting multiple rhythms--managed to combine the twists and turns of be-bop articulation with the soaring melodies of the samba.
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July 24, 1996
Guitarist Ricardo Silveira and saxophonist Justo Almario will provide Latin jazz Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Santa Monica Pier Twilight Dance Series. More information on the free Thursday night concerts is at (310) 458-8900.
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April 20, 2008
FRIDAY nights can be fun, free and, oh, so cool at LACMA's weekly jazz series running through November. Catch cool cat jazz veterans such as Red Holloway, Bill Cunliffe and Justo Almario, along with emerging artists Sandra Booker and Sara Gazarek, from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays in the Central Court. This week: vocalist and guitarist Diane Hubka.
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