MUSIC can not be defined by technical mastery alone; it must emote the personal philosophy and passion as its source. Some people are born with music in their souls, and these are the people that change us forever. Sandro Albert's love affair with music began on the streets of Porto Alegre, Brazil. At the age of 14, Sandro bought his first guitar from an ice cream vendor who played his instrument to the people walking by. Not long afterwards, a friend began to share his jazz collection with him. Some of his earliest influences were Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis, and Brazilian icons Milton Nascimento and Antonio Jobim. To this day, the sounds and imprints of the busy streets of Porto Alegre can be heard in Sandro's music. Sandro is that rare phenomenon in the jazz world that is equally gifted as a guitarist as well as composer. For the past half decade, I had dedicated himself solely to his music. The Sandro Albert Quintet has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott's, Catalina Bar & Grill, Yoshi's, the Blue Note, among other venues. Sandro has played, produced and / or recorded with major Brazilian and American artists such as Milton Nascimento, Lenin, Jorge Vercilo, Omar Hakim, Patti Austin, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Brenda Russell, Dionne Warwick, Rita Coolidge, Victor Bailey, Abraham Jimmy Haslip, Alphonse Johnson, Darryl Jones, Herbert Alpert, Bill Charlap, Toninho Horta, Claudio Roditi, Buster Williams, Mark Egan, Danny Gottlieb, Russell Ferrante, Kenny Garrett, Fred White, Harvey Mason, Peter Erskine, Antonio Sanchez, Terri Lyne Carrington, Vinnie Colaiuta, Luis Conte, Bashiri Johnson, Leon Ware, War, Raphael Saadiq, James Ingram, and Robben Ford. In Brazil, Sandro found his magical sense of harmony and melody; in the United States, I have defined his masterful improvisational style. Sandro has recently released his fourth album, Vertical on Daywood Drive Records. Sandro's incredible writing talents as well as his solo skills.
"Sandro Albert is also member and guitar player of The OZ Experience, group feat: Omar Hakim, Rachel Z and Jonathan Toscano"
Sandro Albert's love for music began at the age of 13 on the streets of Porto Alegre, RS. Sandro bought his first guitar from an ice cream vendor who played the instrument for people passing by. Soon after, a friend started to share his Jazz and Bossa Nova collection with him. Some of the first musical influences were artists such as Milton Nascimento, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Beatles. Sandro is that rare phenomenon in the jazz world that is equally talented as a guitarist and composer. In 1996 after 10 years in the music scene of SP as musician sideman Sandro moved to Los Angeles with the face and the courage and $ 2,500 in the pocket. Without speaking English and only carrying his guitar, two suitcases and much hope, with three months of USA he auditioned for the legendary American funk band WAR, This band has been in black format and has sold 40 million albums worldwide since the 1970s, with hits such as Low Rider, Cisco Kid and You Got the Power. This same band that in the 80s was prevented from entering Brazil while touring South America by the government of the dictatorship for the reason that the name of the band means "War". After being chosen in the audition between 12 candidates to join the group, Sandro really started his adventure in the land of Uncle Sam, he began to tour with the band for two years throughout the United States learning English on the road, in the day to day routine of a tour. They shared the stage frequently with groups like Kool and the Gang, Tower of Power, Earth Wind and Fire, Gap Band, Chaka Khan, Doobie Brothers among others. In 2000 he signed a record contract with European Records Culture Records and recorded Soulful People, his first solo album that counts on the participation of Milton Nascimento, Weather Report drummer Peter Erskine, Yellow Jackets bassist Jimmy Haslip and others. Since then, Sandro has been exclusively dedicated to his solo career and special guest appearances on albums by other artists in the R & B, Brazilian Jazz and American Jazz scene. Sandro played, produced and recorded with great names of Brazilian and American music. Artists like Milton Nascimento, Lenine, Jorge Vercilo, Omar Hakim, Patti Austin, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Brenda Russell, Dionne Warwick, Rita Coolidge, Victor Bailey, Abraham Laboriel, Jimmy Haslip, Alphonso Johnson, Darryl Jones, Herb Alpert, Bill Charlap, Toninho Horta, Claudio Roditi, Buster Williams, Mark Egan, Danny Gottlieb, Russell Ferrante, Kenny Garrett, Fred White, Harvey Mason, Peter Erskine, Antonio Sanchez, Terri Lyne Carrington, Vinnie Colaiuta, Luis Conte, Bashiri Johnson, Leon Ware, War, Raphael Saadiq, James Ingram , and Robben Ford, among others. He was a teacher at the Musician's Institute - GIT (Hollywood, California) for 5 years, a school that Sandro always dreamed of studying and never had financial conditions to pay while living in Brazil. After 7 years residing in Los Angeles and being very active in the local scene as musician and composer to his surprise receives the liaison of the director of the school Beth Marlis inviting him to teach and acupar the chairs of professor in composition and guitar in the GIT. Sandro Albert has been living in the United States for 16 years where he has released four copyrighted CDs with the following special guests: Soulful People Luis Conte, Cassio Duarte, Steve Durnin, Peter Erskine, Kenny Garrett, Edsel Gomez Jimmy Haslip, Mark Isham, Jimmy Johnson, Frank Marocco, Milton Nascimento, Renato Neto, Antonio Sanchez, Bob Sheppard, The Jane Warner Choir School? The Color of Things Jean Baylor, Jimmy Branly, Katisse Buckingham, Luis Conte, Russell Ferrante, Robben Ford, Edsel Gomez, Tamir Hendelman, Mark LedFord, Frank Marocco, Airto Moreira, Matt Rohde, Michael Valerio? A Beautiful Cloudy Day Dave Carpenter, Katisse Buckingham, Frank Marocco, Cassio Duarte, Ze Renato, Mika Miller, Super Nova? Vertical Rodrigo Ursaia, Richie Barshay, Michael O ' Brien The Sandro Albert Quartet has played in festivals and clubs such as the North Sea Jazz (Holland), Ronnie Scott (London), Porgy and Bess (Vianna), A-Trane (Berlin), Jazz Keller (Frankfurt), Catalina Angeles), Yoshi's (San Francisco), Jazz Shiamede (Dusseldorf), Jazz Club of Hannover (Hanover), Altos Pfadahuse (Cologne), BIX (Sttutgart), LA Jazz Scene Festival (Tokyo), Birdland (New York) Iridium York), Sesc Consolacão and Vila Mariana (São Paulo) among others. Recently the Sandro Albert Quartet toured 12 shows in Germany and Austria in the best Jazz Clubs and in June he recorded his first album with a Big Band, this one being formed by professors of the Brazilian Conservatory of Music of Tatuí.