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Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Composition, Big Band Conductor, Pedagogy
With a musical path that begins in Lagos, at the age of seven, Hugo Alves starts his astounding career in the 90’s as an renowned trumpet player which lead him to join several national and international famous Jazz bands.
Simultaneous to his musical career, he produces jazz events while also teaching at several workshops and renowned music schools such as ESMAE in Oporto and ESML in Lisbon.
In his career he played with great orchestras or big bands such as Matosinhos Jazz Orchestra, Jorge Pinto da Costa Orchestra or Hot Clube Portugal Big Band. Throughout these he had the opportunity to work with legendary musicians such as Peter King, Perico Sambeat, Kirk Lightsey, Sangoma Everett, Wayne Dockey, Michael Lauren, Bob Berg, Conrad Herwig, Ingrid Jensen, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Gary Valente, Bernardo Sassetti, Mário Laginha, Júlio Resende, Miguel Martins, Nuno Ferreira, Jorge Costa Pinto, among many, many others.
In 2003 Hugo Alves releases his first album – Estranha Natureza. An originals album praised both by the national and international critics that immediately established him as one of the most noted Portuguese jazz musician.
In 2004 Hugo Alves institutes the Algarve Jazz Orchestra, a project that mirrors his image while musician and demonstrates the importance of big jazz ensembles. This Big Band is an 18 musician’s band whose renowned excellence is frequently acknowledged by the critics.
Always hand in hand with his music career is his teaching activity performed both in Portugal as in other countries such as Spain, Italy or South Africa.
In the following years he released three other albums, Taksi Trio in 2005, Given Soul in 2007 and Double Dose in 2010 all awarded with Best Album of the Year in Portugal.
All of them received the highest praises from the jazz critics and specialized press and the unanimous recognition of Hugo Alves as an indisputable jazz reference.