A year after releasing the Billboard Chart hitting album “Cumbia Universal” Gregorio Uribe is back to introduce you to his most recent brain-child and present his premiere music video “Media Naranja” recorded live at the infamous Congahead.
In addition to his 16- piece big band ensemble, which distinguishes Uribe, he has most recently put together a smaller more intimate set-up, reminiscent of the traditional vallenato format from his native Colombia. This smaller ensemble, which is usually composed of a trio, performs Gregorio’s original songs, which are both intimate and danceable. Although this new format is different from the big band, it still holds true to the unique style of its leader. Uribe most recently toured the East Coast (including Brown University) with his new ensemble and is in the process of recording his new songs.
“Media Naranja”- Gregorio Uribe Live at Congahead
An established singer, songwriter, accordionist and big band leader, Uribe was born in Bogotá, Colombia and is currently based in New York City. Emerging as a graduate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Uribe has made a name for himself in the Latin music scene of both New York City and Boston. Well known for leading the Gregorio Uribe Big Band, a 16-piece orchestra that blends cumbia and other Colombian rhythms with powerful big band arranging, Uribe released “Cumbia Universal” (Zoho Music) featuring 8-time GRAMMY-winner and Latin music icon Rubén Blades in October 2015. Upon its release the debut album for the big band hit the Billboard charts and received widespread critical acclaim with performances selling out at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NY, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts in Boston and two concerts at the celebrated Teatro Colón in his native Bogotá, Colombia.
Gregorio has been a guest artist with Carlos Vives (multiple GRAMMY winner) on several occasions, most recently at Madison Square Garden Theater in NYC. He was also named by the government of Colombia as one of the “100 Most Successful Colombians Abroad”. He has been an artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College and a commissioned composer for Grammy-winning Arturo O’Farrill and The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.