Gregorio Uribe Big Band is a 16-piece orchestra made up of musicians from six different countries that blends cumbia and other danceable Colombian rhythms with powerful big band arranging. The band has held a monthly residency at Zinc Bar in NYC for four years and has performed at The Kennedy Center, Blue Note and Celebrate Brooklyn among many others.
Gregorio has been a guest artist with Carlos Vives and was named by the government of Colombia as one of the “100 Most Successful Colombians Abroad”. He has been an artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College and a commissioned composer for 2-time Grammy Award-winning Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.
In October of 2015 the band will release their debut album, “Cumbia Universal” (Zoho Music) at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The album was financed through a successful Kickstarter campaign and features 7-time Grammy-winner and Latin music icon Rubén Blades (Panamá), reggae artist Meta Dia (Senegal), Sagit Shir (Israel) from the electro-pop duo “Hank & Cupcakes” and the jazz vocals of Sofia Ribeiro (Portugal).