Ximo Tébar

Ximo Tebar was a Spanish-Spanish guitarist who was born in Valencia (Spain), in 1.963. He first learned flamenco at seven years old. He decided to become a professional at the age of seventeen and has performed in concert and recorded in Europe, America and Spain. Ximo TEBAR is the spanish musician that has won the most awards over the years. He was awarded the “BEST NATIONAL ZAZZ SOLOIST” award for 1989 and 1990 (Spanish Culture Ministryy), the “THE DEXTER ORDON 1991” Award by Spanish Television Channel 1, the music prize in “BIENNIAL YOUNG CREATORS of MEDITERRANEAN EUROPE 1992”, etc. June 1989, he traveled to Italy to represent Spain as part of the “Big Band Jazz Europa”, which consisted of two musicians from each country. After his success on the first tour of ex-U.S.S.R., he returned to Russia in March 1991 to tour the major cities (Moscow and Leningrad, Kiev and Gorky). He recorded his third album entitled “Ximo Tebar Jazz Group live in Russia” during this time. He also made solo tours of Germany in April 1992, performing concerts of Solo Guitarra. In May, he was accompanied by Louie Bellson, the legendary drummer. Lou Bennett, the Maestro of the International Guitar Festival “GUITAR MASTER”, presented Ximo to Tebar as a new guitarist talent. The newspaper “Le Republique”, wrote that Ximo Tebar was a “first class guitar”. He also recorded a live recording with Lou Bennett (organ), and Idris Mohammed (drums). This was his fifth album as leader. It was titled “Hello Mr. Bennett”. In 1995, he signed a record contract with Warner Bross (wea). Their sixth title Cd is “Son Mediterraneo”. He was praised by the European press as one of the top disks of the year, and the magazine it is published in praises him as one of the most important jazz disks of the decade. He performed in a concert at the MIDEM in Cannes (France) in January 1997. It was praised by international critics as a “Ximo TEBAR, une revelation” and “Guitar Hero, Ximo Tibar”. He also toured 1997 with Lou Donaldson and Dr. Lonnie Smith. Idris Mohammed and Billy Brooks, recording a new CD entitled “So What” (The Jazz Guitar Trio vol. 2). Warner releases its tenth disc “Homepage”, in June 1998. It features artists such as: Carles Benavent (Joey DeFrancesco), Idris Muhammad and Sole Gimenez. Homepage was nominated by PREMIOS DELA MUSICA 1999 (the Spanish equivalent of the Grammy Awards), and has been selected by Todas las Novedades BUTER DISK OF The YEAR 1.998. It is the first Spanish jazz disk to make it to the Top Succeses. He opens Aula de Musica Alameda, a music school, in 2000. From there, he travels extensively, playing at major festivals like Guitar Master de Pau, North Sea Jazz Festival and Festival de Jazz de Madrid. Ximo was invited by Chucho Valdes to participate in the Havana Festival’s closing show as part of an All Stars group that included Tata Guines and Ronnie Cuber, Ronnie Valentin, Nicholas Payton, Ronnie Cuber and Tata Guines. Omix Records, his own record label, was founded by him in 2001. His ninth album, “Goes Blue”, is released (The Jazz Guitar Trio Vol. 3), with Lou Donaldson, Idris Mohammed and Dr. Lonnie Smith. It is a remarkable work that has been praised unanimously by critics. He continues to work on consolidating Omix, his record label. In 2002, he also produces and releases various works by young Spanish Jazz musicians. All of his releases were praised by the media and selected for the 2002 Best Albums Award. The same year, Ximo will be presenting “Embrujado”, his new project. He is also invited to teach master-classes at Queens College in New York. He releases EMBRUJADO, his tenth album (BEWITCHED), in March 2003. Once again, critics praise him for his work and describe it as “Completely thorough.” World Music Magazine: “Creative jazz with brilliant features.” He moved to New York in December 2003 and began his involvement in the Manhattan jazz scene, playing with Dave Schnitter, Michael P. Mossman and Arturo O’Farril at jazz clubs such as Birland, Smoke Fat Cat, Up.

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