Justo Almario

Justo Almario

 Los Angeles, California, USA

Listed among the 50 top alumni in the history of Berklee College of Music. Multi-instrumentalist Justo Almario mesmerizes audiences worldwide.


Justo Almario, a multitalented master saxophonist , flutist, clarinetist, composer, arranger and clinician, has a long list of distinguished accomplishments. His style is a fusion of Jazz, South American, and other world rhythms which are a reflection of his own elegant yet humble style. Mr. Almario’s mesmerizing sounds have been heard in Grammy-Award winning works such as Linda Ronstadt’s “Frenesi,” Placido Domingo’s “A Mi Alma Latina,” Luis Miguel’s “Romance,” Andrae Crouch’s “Mercy,” and Isreal Lopez Cachao’s “Master Sessions” & “Ahora Si;” as well as the Oscar-winning soundtracks from Happy Feet and Sideways.

Mr. Almario’s playing has been featured on diverse projects, such as Queen Latifah’s “Living Outloud,” Jennifer Lopez’s hit HBO Special “Let’s Get Loud,” Andy Garcia’s “The Lost City,” and John Turturo’s “Romance and Cigarette” staring Susan Sarandon and James Gadolfini. Mr. Almario has also been featured on various Platinum and Gold records and soundtracks, including “More Dirty Dancing”, “Wow Worship,” and Ron Kenoly’s “Lift Him Up.”

In 2002, while joining the ranks of Cedar Walton, Terrence Blanchard and Joe Lovano, Mr. Almario became an integral part of the Newport Jazz Festival Tour, produced by George Wein. Additional performance credits include Patrice Rushen’s Grammy Award orchestra, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Ayers, Diane Reeves, George Duke, Sergio Mendes, Billy Higgins, Tito Puente, Machito, Dave Grusin, Ndugu Chancler, Kenny Burrell, Master P, Bebe Winans, Queen Latifah, Charles Mingus, Chaka Kahn, Herb Alpert, Bobby Shew, and many others.

He has also produced, co-lead and played on TOLU’s “Rumbero’s Poetry” as well as Grammy-nominated album, “El Bongo de Van Gogh”. Mr. Almario’s latest album, “Love Thy Neighbor”, features his quartet playing original compositions as well as rare standards.

A man for all seasons, Mr. Almario was the featured soloist with the Los Angeles Master Chorale at the Walt Disney Hall’s Season Opener, where he later performed at a Christmas concert “Celebrar.” Mr. Almario’s stellar career was recently celebrated during a segment of “Stories,” a comprehensive oral history series that chronicles the evolution of jazz, at the legendary drummer Billy Higgins’ World Stage. Currently, Mr. Almario is working on an album that is meant to celebrate his tenured career spanning 45 years in the industry.

A native of Colombia, Mr. Almario went from child protégé to virtuoso. Mr. Almario was primarily influenced by John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Bartok, Debussy and Bach. He studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music before doing a stint with Mongo Santamaria as the band’s musical director. He has also taught at the Henry Mancini Institute and has mentored inner city youth during workshops at the World Stage. These days, he teaches saxophone in the Jazz Department at UCLA’s Music School.

Mr. Almario currently endorses Rico Reeds and Jody Jazz mouthpieces. Although he is extremely appreciative, this modest wind wizard frequently deflects any accolades, opting instead to thank folks for merely showing up and sharing. This is paramount to a keenly sensitive artist who warmly connects with his diverse audience on many levels and will continue to heal and inspire. Mr. Almario’s music serves as a bridge that links backgrounds, cultures, ages, and socioeconomic status. His music transcends the mundane and leaves his audience transfixed. A devoted family man, Justo’s spiritual path nurtures both his creative journey and his warm compassion as a human being.

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Grammy winning Albums:
2004 Cachao's:Ahora Si (Grammy winner)
1994 Andrae Crouch's - Mercy (Grammy winner)
1994 Cachao's: Master Sessions Vol. 1 (Grammy winner)

Solo Albums:
2003 Tranquil Moods: Prelude
2003 Tranquil Moods: Forever Friends
1995 Count Me In
1994 Justo Almario & Abraham Laboriel
1992 Heritage
1989 Family Time
1987 Plumbline
1985 Forever Friends
1981 Interlude

Also Appears On:
Wave-Aid: The First Three Years
2004 ...Compared to What?
2003 Jazz from the Heart
2003 Latin Jazz Christmas
2003 Tranquil Moods [Delta Box]
2002 Latin Jazz: La Combinacion Perfecta (Smithsonian Institute)
2001 Jazz on the Latin Side Allstars, Vol. 2
2001 Playboy's Latin Jazz Christmas: A Not So Silent Night
2000 Jazz on the Latin Side Allstars, Vol. 1
2000 Latin Jazz: Hot & Cool! [Music Club]
1999 Just the Ticket
1999 Melodies for Meditation
1998 Uno Melodic Story
1996 Selah, Vol. 2: Original Improvisations of the Holy
1995 Helen Baylor's: The Live Experience
1995 Cachao's: Master Sessions Vol. 2
1994 Placido Domingo: A Mi Alma Latina
1987 Diane Reeves
1986 Poncho Sanchez: Papa Gato
1986 Koinonia: Frontline
1985 Meadowlark Records Sampler 1985
1984 Koinonia: Celebration
1982 Koinonia: More than a Feeling
1976 Mongo Santamaria:Ubane
1975 Mongo Santamaria: Afro-Indio
1973 Mongo Santamaria: Fuego

Film Credits include:
Cachao Uno Mas
Kung Fu Panda
Happy Feet - (Academy Award winner)
Lost City
Sideways (Academy Award winner)
Romance and Cigarettes
Living Out Loud

Producer credits include:
Love Thy Neighbor - Produced and arranged Rumbero's Poetry - co-produced with Alex Acuna
Soul Song - a duet project with Marchos Ariel