Gabriel Alegría

Jazz musician and bandleader of the Afro-Peruvian Sextet has lived in Coney Island for the past decade

Gabriel Alegría
Interview Date:
September 19, 2017


Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Gabriel Alegría has lived on Coney Island's Mermaid Avenue since 2007.  The trumpet player, composer,  and bandleader of the Afro-Peruvian Sextet talks about what drew him to Coney Island, Afro-Peruvian jazz music and his new CD Diablo en Brooklyn.  Alegría says the recording takes its inspiration from the Peruvian "Son de los Diablos" tradition featuring a parade of mock devils down the streets of Lima and the bass lines of the speakers on wheels rolled out on his street in Coney Island in the summer.