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Alex “Apolo” Ayala & The Bámbula Project / Afro-Puerto Rican Jazz
Alex “Apolo” Ayala & The Bámbula Project / Afro-Puerto Rican Jazz

Thu, Feb 29


Terraza 7

Alex “Apolo” Ayala & The Bámbula Project / Afro-Puerto Rican Jazz

"Bámbula" by Alex “Apolo” Ayala celebrates his Afro-Puerto Rican roots. With rich bass tones and vibrant melodies, Ayala merges rhythm and harmony. Backed by a stellar ensemble, the album showcases his mastery, solidifying his status as a prominent rhythmist.

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Time & Location

Feb 29, 2024, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Terraza 7, 40-19 Gleane Street, Elmhurst NY 11373

About the event

Alex “Apolo” Ayala & The Bámbula Project / Afro-Puerto Rican Jazz

Presented by Terraza 7

Date: Thursday, February 29th, 2024

Time: 7:30 pm

Admission: $20 cover charge at the mezzanine.


  • Nathan Bellot / Saxophones
  • Fernando García / Drums
  • Nelson M. Gonzalez / Percussion
  • Alex “Apolo” Ayala / Bass and compositions.

About The Bámbula Project:

Bámbula by contrabassist Alex “Apolo” Ayala, is a profound musical journey celebrating his Afro-Puerto Rican heritage. With dark, resonant tones on the bass and luminous melodies, Ayala creates a mesmerizing fusion of rhythm and harmony. Backed by a stellar ensemble, the album is a testament to Ayala's virtuosity and command of the music, marking him as one of the most sought-after rhythmists in the music scene today.

About Alex ‘Apolo” Ayala:

Puerto Rican bassist Alex "Apolo" Ayala-Berríos embodies the essence of a multilingual musician, seamlessly blending Afro-Caribbean roots with jazz influences. With over two decades of professional experience, he has performed, toured, and recorded with Latin music legends such as Eddie Palmieri, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and Tito Nieves, as well as esteemed jazz musicians worldwide.

Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Alex began his musical journey at age 11. He honed his skills at the "Escuela Libre de música de Hato Rey" and later earned a BA Degree in Jazz and Caribbean Music from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, studying under renowned bassist Eddie Gomez and saxophonist David Sanchez.

Currently based in New York City, Alex leads two ensembles: "The Bámbula Project," an Afro-Puerto Rican Jazz Quartet, and "The Afro-Puerto Rican Jazz Big Band." As a bandleader, he has released two albums, "ONWARDS" (2011) and "BÁMBULA" (2022), showcasing his versatile musicality and profound cultural influences. Additionally, he serves as Musical Director for Los Pleneros de la 21 and continues to push the boundaries of Latin jazz fusion with his innovative compositions and performances.


  • Mezzanine

    Gain privileged access to the concert at Terraza7's Mezzanine, where you'll enjoy the intimacy of a private space with seating. Immerse yourself in the melodies and rhythms, all while being in close proximity to the talented musicians.

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