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Alejandro Cortes

Specializes in: Piano/Keyboard


Education: BM Jazz Piano Performance Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL


Born into a family of musicians, Alejandro was always surrounded by the music of Mexico and Latin America. He developed a strong interest in the piano and began private instruction at the age of 7. As a member of the United Community Center’s Latin jazz band in Milwaukee,WI, he was introduced to the music of Tito Puente and Sergio Mendez, which set the course for the rest of his musical journey.


Alejandro received his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Piano Performance from Roosevelt University with a full scholarship. Studying with renowned musicians including Jim Trompeter, Edwin Sanchez, and Ruben Alvarez gave him a unique educational experience that solidified his musicianship and strengthened his ability to communicate the marriage of Afro Cuban rhythms and complex jazz harmony.


Since graduating in 2014, Alejandro has free-lanced steadily in Chicago’s jazz and Latin
jazz/salsa scene. He can be seen performing a wide range of styles from American pop and jazz to Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Peruvian folk music. Alejandro has been an artist-faculty member at Roosevelt University since 2018.