Alejandro Urzagaste

Alejandro Urzagaste has played with Bobby Broom, Dennis Carroll, Ron Perrillo, Von Freeman, Jodie Christian, Deep Blue Organ Trio, Kobie Watkins,George Fludas, Pat Mallinger, Marc Pompe, Hinda Hoffman, Dan Trudell, Sergio Pires, Picante, Marquis Hill and Taku Akiyama. He has performed at all the major Jazz venues including the 2004 Chicago Jazz Festival with the Taku Akiyama Quintet and 2010 Chicago Jazz Festival with Marco Polo. He has toured with 12 Rods, and Harvey Danger. Alejandro's debut release 'Urban Intervals,' features Jodie Christian along with Dennis Carroll and George Fludas. Alejandro is featured on Marc Pompe's 'Hi-Fly,' recording, Sergio Pires's 'ElectroFunkSamba,' and a self titled release from Jarrard Harris. Alejandro has taught through the Ravinia Jazz Mentors program, the Thelonious Monk Institute and Gallery 37. He Is currently a Music Therapist at Hospice of Illinois.

About his Hofner violin finish Jazzica-

"My Hofner Jazzica spoke to me on the first day. The violin finish Jazzica was my first choice but Hofner let me compare the gloss finish model. For a moment I could not decide then I remembered what I was looking for, a warm sounding instrument with a percussive cushion, the fundamental part of the note being round and full of sustain while the attack remained crisp. The violin finish brought the extra dynamic of a soft and ominous decay, kind of like a nylon string guitar. Since then the chords have never sounded so lush and full. The feel has become more refined allowing me to articulate freely and effortlessly. From a technical standpoint my hands never thought it could feel this good, the limitless textures between the neck and bridge, the balanced feel across the fretboard. I have been playing it for the last five years with little maintenance and no 'tuning issues.' The only thing I have to do is change the strings and even those last longer than they have before.The durability has surprised me. I take this thing everywhere.SImply the best guitar I have ever had, at loud volumes I just pop in the f-hole covers, playing quietly the instrument projects with even better response.So many people love the look they ask 'who made your guitar,' 'where is it from?' In short, this guitar will always be in my collection."

Electric guitar - Hofner Jazzica



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