Carlos Averhoff Jr is a Latin Grammy nominated Cuban saxophonist, composer, band leader, recording artist of Inner Circle Music Jazz label, and Berklee College, New England Conservatory and Concord Conservatory faculty. All About Jazz named Carlos a “dynamic fresh new voice on the saxophone” and Latin Jazz Network portrays his playing as “quite extraordinarily expressive and beautiful.”
His project iRESI was released in April 2015 under Greg Osby’s boutique recording label Inner Circle Music. iRESI has been applauded by international critics and major jazz blogs. Acclamations include Four Stars from All About Jazz and descriptions such as “remarkable recording;” “striking music;” “bewitching;” and as portrayed by Latin Jazz Network, “one of the most visceral and heartfelt that Carlos may have made” […]
His performance resonates with equal parts fire and smart intellect, showing a player that has done his homework, ready to explore new musical territories.”
Carlos has also collaborated with well known Jazz artists such as Louis Hayes, Jimmy Cobb, Bob Moses; Cuban drummer Horacio El Negro Hernandez; pianists Jason Moran, Chucho Valdes, Roberto Fonseca. Saxophonists Dave Liebman, Greg Osby, and Bill Pierce. He was nominated to the Latin Grammy with the album Buena Vista Social Club Presenta a Omara Portuondo.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Carlos first encounter with music was through the hands of his father, legendary saxophonist and member of Chucho Valdes’s Irakere, Carlos Averhoff. He was classically trained in Cuba’s top music schools, Manuel Saumel Conservatory of Music, Amadeo Roldan School of Music and Havana’s Superior Institue of Art. Carlos continued his education in the United States earning Suma Cum Laude Honors at Berklee College of Music and a Master’s Degree with Honors from the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music. He is joining the JOMP Faculty in the fall of 2016.