Venezuelan born Alí Bello has become one of the most dazzling and sought after violinists, distinguishing himself for his versatility among different music styles in addition to his well-found classical training and multidimensional improvisational skills, which have made him a top violinist of the Latin jazz arena.
Alí initiated his music training in “El Sistema” (The National System on Youth Orchestras of Venezuela) in his native country and after moving to NY he has very quickly become a regular performer among big names of the New York music spotlight, stretching his credits and talents beyond the realm of classical music, including jazz, pop, R&B, Middle Eastern, flamenco, and especially the many styles of South American music – erasing the boundaries between classical, jazz, and folkloric genres.
He has collaborated and performed with such figures as Paquito D’Rivera, Eddie Palmieri, and Tito Puente as well as being a regular member of the well-known groups Típica ’73, Orquestra Broadway, and Johnny Pacheco’s Band. Alí has recorded and collaborated with groups of great tradition such as Fajardo y sus Estrellas and Africando as well as modern fusion bands like Alfredo Naranjo y El Guajeo, La Clave Secreta, and Los Jóvenes del Barrio.
It is much beyond the amazing Afro Latin rhythms that Alí’s strings reach. He has become a sultry sound in tango, regularly performing with Grammy winner bandoneonist Raul Jaurena and collaborating scores with flamenco guitarist Pedro Cortés. His repertoire stretches even more to include gypsy jazz and American folk music, as a member of Doc Severinsen’s touring band. He has also infused his playing into the popular rhythms of R&B, performing live with The Roots, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z. Alí can be heard arranging and collaborating dance beats with Grammy winner producer Louie Vega and percussionist Luisito Quintero, as well as recording with award winning groups Aventura and Don Omar. His violin has backed up amazing singers of the stature of Mercedes Sosa, Susana Baca, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and Cheo Feliciano among others, as well as being a featured soloist of the Birdland Big Band and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
He could be heard regularly with his Latin Jazz sextet, The Latin Jazz Liaisons, and is currently working on the production of his new musical concept, The Sweet Wire Project – a blend of different music styles, which include all his multicultural collaborations as well as expose his Afro-Latin roots and Venezuelan heritage.
From international performances to New York City local events, from tropical Afro-Caribbean beats to swing and jazz, from arrangements in salsa to collaborations in Middle Eastern music, from Carnegie Hall performances to innovative recording sessions, and from guajiro folkloric phrases to electric funk grooves, Alí Bello has proven himself as a musician with a skillful repertoire to be reckoned with and much more to come.