Spanish pianist Marina Albero brought a new quartet and two sets of new music to the Ballard Jazz Walk in May as part of the 14th annual Ballard Jazz Festival. The SRO performance was recorded for broadcast and will air on Jazz Northwest on Sunday, June 5 at 2 PM Pacific on 88.5 KPLU, and streaming at kplu.org. Joining Marina Albero at the piano are Ben Thomas, vibes, Chuck Deardorf, bass and Mark Ivester at the drums. Marina Albero also plays hammered dulcimer on one selection.
Born in Barcelona, Marina Albero’s early musical experience including playing traditional music in her family’s band and formal music studies at musical conservatories in Spain and later in Cuba. She moves easily between Spanish, Cuban and jazz styles, improvising with classical technique. She first appeared in Seattle playing vibes in a duo with pianist Chano Domínguez at the Ballard Jazz Festival in 2014. Music in this concert includes an opening song by her father Mariano Albero and original music by Marina and Ben Thomas.