Allende was born in Lima, Peru. He began playing
guitar at the age of eight. He has taken private
lessons with Eloy La Rocha and Andres Prado in Peru.
He also took private lessons with Jon Damian at
Berklee and David Doruzka, and Danilo Perez at NEC
in Boston. He holds a Master's Degree in Modern
American Music which involves Jazz, Latin, Classical
& Free Music Performance from Longy School of Music
in Cambridge, MA. He studied at Longy with Joe
Morris and David Patterson. He has worked as a
musician and educator in Lima,Peru, Chicago,
Houston, Connecticut, and Boston. Performing for
events, concerts and festivals.
He was a member of a quintet invited to give a clinic on Afro-Peruvian Jazz Music at IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) in Long Beach, CA, featuring the drummer Alex Acuna.
Jose has performed with musicians like Alexei Tsiganov, Jorge Roeder, Jorge Perez-Albela, John Lockwood, Oscar Stagnaro, Gabriel Guerrero, Sofia Rei, Gregorio Uribe, Eleonora Bianchini, among others. Also he has shared stage with Greg Hopkins, Bob Moses, Dave Bryant, Nando Michelin, Dave Liebman.
Jose is a versatile guitarist, arranger, composer and teacher, always exploring different rhythms, concepts and spirituality in music. He uses acoustic and electric guitars to fusion Afro-Peruvian & other South-American and Latin rhythms with contemporary jazz harmonies and different meters into his compositions. Jose is currently performing and teaching Jazz, South-American & Latin styles and Classical Guitar Music around Boston and New England area.
are so glad that we found Jose! He played guitar at
our recent family event and he was wonderful! He is
a lovely person and a very talented musician! We
would highly recommend him! "
- Rachel Rosenbloom (June 2023)
played classical guitar at our outdoor state park
wedding. He is professional and prompt with his
communication beforehand and played beautifully at
the ceremony. We appreciate him learning a few of
our favorite songs and thought he did a fantastic
job. Our wedding day was elevated through his music
playing. We can't recommend him enough!"
- Teresa Askenase (January 2023)
recently played our wedding reception this past
weekend. He far surpassed our expectations. His
playing was superb and he was very professional, not
to mention a super nice guy. We highly recommend
Jose for any occasion. Thank you Jose for having my
dreams of a fantastic classical guitar player
perform at my wedding! All the best to you!"
- Lynda Arcidiacono (July 2022)
"Jose is the best! He played at our wedding ceremony and it could not have been more perfect. He is truly a talented musician and I would recommend him for anyone planning a wedding ceremony. We were so happy with how he was able to set up seamlessly and to start playing classical guitar as the guests came in. His renditions of classic wedding songs (Canon in D, Here Comes the Bride, etc.) were so great. Thanks Jose!" - Matt Migliozzi (October 2021)
"Jose played classical guitar at our wedding ceremony and he was excellent! We requested a few songs and he transcribed them beautifully. He even showed up early and played background music for a long time as our guests arrived. But what we appreciated most about working with Jose was how excited he was to be working with us! He had no problem with our numerous email and phone exchanges and clearly was striving to make his performance the best it could be for us! Thank you Jose!" - Zach Schwartz (Wedding July 2021 )
"Jose played guitar at our wedding recently. I could
not recommend him more highly.
Due to the pandemic, a family illness, and inclement weather, our wedding plans evolved a lot in the weeks preceding the actual wedding and even the day of. Jose remained completely flexible to all these changes the whole time, and was a pleasure to work with in every regard. He showed up early, played beautifully, and accommodated all of our music requests for the ceremony. We even experienced a rainstorm in the middle of our (outdoor) ceremony - yet Jose stayed until the end and remained professional and upbeat the whole time. I would gladly work with him again. Thank you Jose!" -Sonya E. (Wedding July 2020 )
"Jose Allende is amazing! Extremely professional, talented, and kind. He made our wedding super special. His music is fantastic. On a side note, he stopped to play a nursery song for a toddler that was having a rough time. He LOVED it. I thought that touch of kindness was incredibly sweet. I can't express how great Jose was for our event. I hope that he heard all of the praise from the wedding guests... (I'm still hearing about his music from guests and family.) I feel incredibly grateful that Jose was willing to play for us and make our day more magical and special. Thank you!" - Sarah Inskeep-Mueller (Wedding 2019)
"Jose played at our
wedding earlier this month. Jose is a fantastic
musician--wonderful and easy to work with. As a solo
guitarist he played a wide range of repertoire that
the guests enjoyed, and really made the ceremony
special. He was a perfect fit for what we had in
mind, and is especially great at reading the room
and choosing selections that fit. Throughout the
planning process and day of the performance, he was
thoughtful, flexible, and thoroughly professional.
His arrangements seamlessly fit in and augmented the
ceremony. We found him through the Berklee College
of Music alumni listings, and can't recommend him
Dranke Anderson (Wedding 2019)
"Jose completely exceeded all expectations. He even created an arrangement for a specific song I requested. He was so kind and very easy to communicate with. Our guests loved him and his peer". - Amanda W (2018)
"We highly recommend Jose! He is professional, kind, and beautifully talented. He brought the soundtrack to our wedding day, and was able to accommodate any request we made. You wont be disappointed by having him part of your special day!" - Allison Whitcomb (Wedding 2019)
"Jose provided the perfect compliment to our event - a lovely soundtrack. He was responsive during the booking process and punctual on the day-of. He's also funny and easy to work with. They made great musical selections and we would definitely consider hiring his ensemble again in the future." - Benjamin H. (event 2018)
put together a fabulous quartet to play Latin Jazz
and some traditional Cuban songs at our 40th
Anniversary party. The music was just superb and was
loved by everyone attending. We so enjoyed it, we
asked if they would play for an additional hour. The
musicians were all very talented professionals and
were extremely cohesive in their playing. Jose was
easy to reach, all of the musicians were lovely
people. The group arrived early and were incredibly
well organized. The experience was above my
expectations. I would definitely hire them again and
recommend them highly!" -
Suki A. (Event 2018)
"Jose is a wonderful musician. We were recommended Jose by La Morra restaurant in Brookline for an important company dinner we were hosting at La Morra. We listened to his range of music on his website (which is very nicely put together), and loved both his classical guitar and jazz quartet range with accompanying musicians. Jose was a pleasure to work with, and delivered a beautiful background guitar solo set over the course of two hours for our dinner. He had a diverse repertoire, including classical Spanish guitar solos, and jazz covers. His presence was the perfect extra touch we were looking for to create a warm, classy ambience for our dinner. The guests were put at ease, and he was sensitive to the sound levels, to ensure he could both be heard by the whole room, without being intrusive so people could continue their conversations without needing to raise their voices over the music. His price was very reasonable, and his communication and responsiveness as we were leading up to the event were great. We will definitely hire him again if we have a similar need." - Aterah N. (Coorporate Event 2017)
"I booked Jose Allende for an ESAC Boston fundraising event. He was very easy to work and communicate with. I really appreciated his quick responses to my emails. At the event he easily read the crowd and performed extremely well. He is a very talented musician and I would not hesitate to recommend Jose to anyone." - Alice W. ESAC Boston, Event Planner
"Jose played at our wedding on 2/18/17. My husband, myself, and all my guests agreed he (and the 2 other instrumentalists) are talented musicians. He played beautiful classical guitar music as the wedding party walked down the aisle and then played fun jazz music for the cocktail reception. I also thought he gave good suggestions for music. On the wedding day he exemplified professionalism by arriving early and was just all around easy to work with. I highly recommend booking Jose for an event because he will make your event memorable." - Kerry Spielberger ( Wedding 2017)
"Jose, along with his talented clarinet cohort, Juan Fer Ruiz, performed during the reception of our Boston Design Week event in our furniture showroom. They were punctual, professional, and overall fantastic musicians. Their music was understated enough for people to be able to continue their conversations, but had enough of a presence to attract a constant stream of excellent feedback. I would highly recommend Jose for any event, and hope to work with him in the future." - Helen Kates ( Event 2017)
"Jose played at my wedding last month and was amazing. I can't tell you how happy I am that he found me, and was willing to play for us. He is incredibly talented, kind, and tolerant of my bridezillaness. We got married outside at the Arboretum and he had a battery to power his amp (as we had no power) and was fine with the minimalistic resources he had to work with. I forgot to ask him about where he'd sit while playing--and so I didn't arrange for him to have a seat--so, he sat on his bag. Despite that, he still played so beautifully. I would 100% recommend him to anyone needing a musician in the future" - Courtney Massaro ( Wedding 2017)
"Jose was very responsive, arrived ahead of time, and performed beautifully for the grand opening of Curated- my new gallery. He quickly understood what I wanted and was a joy to include in the celebration. -Pamela Stone (www.curated.world)
"I contacted Jose after finding his ad on Craigslist and then listening to some of his work on his website. I was looking for a Latin Guitar player for our cocktail hour and he delivered just what I wanted. He was on time, very professional and everyone loved his music!" - Yureidy Medina (Wedding Nov 2016)
"Jose played a crucial role in making our wedding truly a stunning day. He was very professional since the first contact we had with him. His music just made everyone in the room feel great, and created the most romantic atmosphere, showing his talent and providing the perfect accompaniment to our cocktail hour and dinner. Truly a gifted musician. I would HIGHLY recommend working with him!" - Maria Isaacs (Wedding Sep 2016)
"Jose played at our wedding in August 2016. Wonderful music, great mixture of songs and pieces including classical guitar music and modern. We found him through the Berklee School of Music. All the guests really enjoyed the music. He is super friendly and great to work with. We very highly recommend Jose." - Nikolas Matthes (Wedding Aug 2016)
"Our wedding was on July 10, 2016 in the Bradley Estate in Canton, MA and we hired Jose and his colleague to play a guitar and clarinet duo during our ceremony. After listening to some samples on Jose's website I knew he was a great professional. He was also easy to communicate with via email. My future husband and I didn't care about classical ceremony music choices and string quartets. We asked Jose to play some jazzy summer tunes before the ceremony and we picked Louis Armstrong, Beatles, and Pharrell William's songs for our ceremony. Jose and his colleague were on time and sounded beautiful. I got to hear them before the ceremony during the first look and their pre-ceremony music choices suited perfectly the atmosphere of the location and our requests. Music during the ceremony was great as well and I really appreciate that they were able to play Pharrell's "Happy" for our recessional (I think they had to learn it to accommodate our request). It also started to rain right before the ceremony, which was outside, and the duo braved the weather till the end. Thank you very much!" - Alena K. (Wedding Aug 2016)
"Jose Allende played at my organization's annual reception (200+ guests) at the BC Club in Downtown Boston. Jose and his team were excellent. They played an amazing line-up of songs. They were punctual, reliable, and professional. Easy to coordinate with. Easy to work with. Guests loved the music. I highly recommend Jose!" - Ivan E. (Event Jun 2016)
"Where'd you find these guys?" "Those guys were great!" et cetera. These were the comments we got after Jose and his cohorts brought jazz trio awesomeness to our pre-wedding cocktail party. Guests who really know and appreciate music loved Jose Allende and everybody else just enjoyed having the live music at the party and dinner. These guys were willing to chat with guests, always smiling, soooo easy to work with." - David Nowel (Wedding Oct 2015)
"We had Jose play solo guitar for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour, and I have to say that he was nothing short of amazing. My wife had requested a few songs for our ceremony, and although they are not typical Spanish guitar style songs, he learned them, wrote them up in his own unique style, and played them flawlessly with perfect timing throughout the ceremony. During the cocktail hour, he played a wide variety of songs and we received countless compliments on how great he was. Beyond that, he arrived to the site early, set up all his equipment without a hitch, and was very friendly, professional and courteous. Basically, start to finish, I couldn't ask for a better experience. I would absolutely hire him again, and would recommend him for any event." - Evan Batchis (Wedding Sep 2015)
"We are so grateful to have found Jose! I must admit, looking for a musician to play at one of the most special days of your life (your wedding) is incredibly daunting to say that least! Combined with the fact that we had a very limited budget it felt next to impossible. I reached out to Jose after just seeing his ad on Craigslist and listening to a sampling of his work online. We signed the contract via email and things were set. Jose was not only professional and organized while handling the details of the contract and cost he arrived the day of the wedding well in advance and was professionally dressed and has a gracious and welcoming demeanor both to us and our guests. As the bride I didn't even have time to meet him until after the ceremony while he was playing at the cocktail hour. The whole time we were taken care of and he played the most beautiful music. Essentially we worried about nothing. He completely took care of us! We cannot recommend him enough!! Thank you Jose for adding to the wonderful memories of our wedding day with your artful and most beautiful music." - Kimberly & Yucel (Wedding Sep 2015)
"Jose Allende and his upright bass player were fantastic musicians at my wedding earlier this month. We found Jose through the Berklee School of Music listings, and after looking at his website and listening to his beautiful recordings, we got in touch to talk details. Jose is truly a professional. He has played at countless weddings and when we unexpectedly had rain during cocktail hour, he set up inside without any problems. The music was beautiful and I cannot recommend him enough." - Julie Keller (Wedding) (Aug 2015)
"Jose and his trio were superb playing at my daughter's outdoor wedding party. They drew comments from many of those present about the quality of their playing, the range of their selections, and the upbeat atmosphere they created. And they did this without interfering with the conversation or socializing. They were professional in every way, and delightful to work with. I would hire them again without even considering an alternative. " - David Matz (Wedding party) (Jul 2015)
"Jose Allende's Jazz Duo performed at dinner party we held on the lawn at our home in Rhode Island this summer. Jose�s music was perfect. It added greatly to our guests' enjoyment of the party yet allowed them to carry on their conversations without feeling they needed to speak loudly to be heard over the music. The songs which they played fit very nicely into the mood of the evening. Their performance demonstrated a very high level of professional musicianship. Having Jose play at our event was a privilege. We have received so many compliments from all our guests. Thank You Jose for coming down to Rhode Island to play for us. Your music helped greatly in making the evening �memorable� for everyone. We are so glad we found you and hope you will play for us again". - Roger & Pauline Anderson - Party (Jul 2015)
"Jose is excellent. He was hired to play at our fundraising event for The Children's Dyslexia Center Boston North last month. He played during the cocktail hour and everyone raved about him. He was very professional throughout the hiring process and throughout the event. I would highly recommend hiring him for any event large or small" - Cheryl Moschella (private event) (May 2015)
"I needed a trio at the last minute and Jose came to my rescue. He put together the perfect trio to fit my needs and they were great! Everyone loved the music and it added just the right touch to our receptions. Jose was easy to work with and made everything happen. I will be happy to have them back again next year. - Judy Benjamin (Executive Director at Simmons Leadership Conference) (Apr 2015)
"I hired Jose to play for an open house we had at our showroom in Needham. He was prompt and professional - he's extremely talented and a wonderful warm, kind man. His music was a perfect complement to our celebration. I can't thank him or recommend him highly enough. Thank you Jose, we will most definately consider having you play at future Van Millwork events!" - Lisa Fabiano (Business development at Van Millwork) (Mar 2015)
"OMG! Jose played at a Holiday Birthday Event I hosted at City Table in Boston, MA on December 21, 2014 and he was magnificent!!! Everyone that attended our event is still giving us feedback about what an excellent musician he was and how his music set a wonderful mood for our event. We come from a family of musicians and Berkelee Music school graduates who were all present at the party and Jose really empressed them. He has a lovely personality so it is a warm experience hiring him all around. I highly recommend Jose Allende without reservation if you are wanting to hire a musician for your event. You will enjoy his music emencely." - Colleen K. (private event) (Jan 2015)
"Jose played for 21/2 hours Friday evening at a cocktail party. He has a vast and versatile repertoire which kept listeners engaged, yet did not prohibit conversation. Besides having great musical skill, he is a warm and wonderful person. I would recommend him for any type of event. He is experienced with interactive playing with children, and performs at a variety of social events." - Hanna B. (private event) (Jan 2015)
"Jose brought romance to our wedding. He played beautifully while guests were waiting for the ceremony to start. While I was walking down the aisle I could hear the soft guitar on the background so nice and elegant. My guests enjoyed a duet (with a true size bass). I got many compliments about how beautiful Jose and his partner played during the cocktail hour. "I would recommend him 100% for any event. He is professional, passionate, very easy to talk to, super responsive (to emails). FANTASTIC!!! " - Veronica Antich (Wedding) (Oct 2014)
" When we heard Jose's sound clips, we knew he was exactly what we were looking for. He played at our wedding reception at a Spanish tapas restaurant. His music was a beautiful complement to the day. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed it. Jose was very easy to work with and he mixed a couple of songs of our choice with his standard repertoire. We enthusiastically recommend him!" - Sharon (Wedding) (Oct 2014)
"We really enjoyed the guitar music provided by Jose Allende at our Fifth Anniversary celebration at the Waban Library Center. He has a true sense of timing and musicianship. The guests were all delighted with his combination of classically inspired and jazz music." - Alice Jacobs (Director Waban Library Center ) (Sep 2014)
"Jose was terrific. He played before, during and after our wedding ceremony and his music was very enjoyable. He even accompanied a singer whom he had never met before! He was a pleasure to work with - he confirmed all arrangements ahead of time and arrived early for the event. I highly recommend him". - Elizabeth Glater (Wedding) (Jul 2014)
"We had Jose Allende trio playing at our wedding cocktail hour and reception on May 3 2014 in Providence, RI. As both me and my husband spent many years in Latin America with good music, we wanted Brazilian/Latin Jazz for intimate and quiet dinner wedding. The quality of music provided by Jose is amazing but at the same time, what we liked the most about them is that they were very discreet and professional in their presence so as to respect our wish to keep our wedding in very family-like environment. I would recommend him for anyone who likes good Jazz." - Yoko M.Martins (Wedding) (May 2014)
"Look no further for your wedding guitarist! Jose was the perfect musician for our day. He learned some songs that we requested of him, and played the exact mix of styles that we had hoped for. In the end he played for three hours, and each song sounded better than the previous one. You can't go wrong by hiring him." - Noah Lynn (Wedding) (Sep 2013)
"Jose played guitar solo for our small backyard wedding ceremony and cocktail reception. He did a fabulous job and his music was a beautiful complement to the day. He was very easy to work with and his choice of music fit the setting perfectly. Thanks, Jose, for helping to add to our special day!" - Kyla and Marcelo Coelho (Wedding) (Jun 2013)
"When we heard Jose's sound clips on his website, we knew he was exactly what we were looking for. He played our wedding ceremony and cocktail reception and did a fabulous job. His music was a beautiful complement to the day. Jose was very easy to work with and his choice of music fit the setting perfectly. I would definitely recommend him! " - Kyla Hygysician (Wedding) (Jun 2013)
"The Jose Allende duo was wonderful. They skillfully provided beautiful music for our event attendees to listen to as they mingled, networked, and shared appetizers. I would hire them again in a heartbeat. Our Annual Event would not have been the same without the music provided by the Jose Allende duo". Many thanks! - Katie Mae Simpson, Membership and Communications Coordinator, MassCOSH (Oct 2009)
"Jose Allende and his band were the perfect choice for our party, not only in the warm, sophisticated nature of their music, but also in their smart and fun performance. All our guests were thrilled with the atmosphere they helped create, and I had complete confidence in their experience and ability to match the mood of the event. I look forward to hiring them again in the future". Thanks Jose... - Jane Messinger, marketing director for Ananmahian Winton Architects (Sep 2009)
"We could not be more pleased with Jose! His music was the perfect compliment to our wedding. He learned a special song for our ceremony and performed it masterfully. Jose was a true professional as well. Our wedding reception band was running behind and Jose volunteered to play until they were ready. He absolutely exceeded expectations and our guests continue to rave about him. Thank you Jose for helping to make our wedding a perfect day!" - Julie and Russ Knocke (Wedding) (Sep 2009)
"Jose's group provided a perfect atmosphere to our evening summer party. We had a number of guests compliment their performance and professionalism. From a planning perspective, Jose was also very nice to work with; he arrived early to set-up, kept the music going through challenges like unexpected low lighting, and was welcoming and friendly with inquisitive guests, like a mesmerized two-year old. We would hire Jose again ourselves, highly recommend him to others, and wish him continued success!" - Maria (MIT Graduation Party) (May 2008)
"Jose Allende's jazz trio was an excellent addition to our Annual River Night dinner and auction at Spinelli's in Lynnfield. His unique mix of Latin Jazz standards and originals performed by guitar trio created the perfect festive ambience for our fundraiser. I received excellent feedback from our guests and would highly recommend working with Jose for his professionalism and remarkable musical talent! " -Joan LeBlanc-Executive Director-Saugus River Watershed Council (Jun 2008)
"Jose was exactly what we needed for our small, non-traditional wedding. As a trio, they provided the perfect atmosphere for our reception. During our cocktail hour, the music did not overwhelm our guests' conversation, and yet people were able to hear and were entertained. In the days after, we've received several compliments on our choice. Jose was prompt, professional, and courteous. I highly recommend him." - Ele Morris (Wedding) (Sep 2008)
"I am so thankful that Jose agreed to play at the baby shower I hosted - it just brought the whole party to another level. He was so kind, professional, and accommodating - and it was 100 degrees outside! The music was just perfect - the perfect balance so people could have a conversation but still be totally entertained. The whole party was so impressed - Jose made everyone's day. Thank you so much!!" -Anne Cavanaugh (Bridal Shower) (Jun2008)
" We had a really specific need for an exciting, upbeat band that would keep our fundraising reception going for two to three hours, but also not be a loud distraction, as we've had in the past. The trio was fabulous! They adjusted their music to the mood as the evening went on and were a real hit. Most of all, though, they were so pleasant to work with and appreciative of the opportunity to entertain our guests and U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding Olympic athletes ". - Erika Smithson US Ski & Snowboard Team Foundation (Nov 2008)
"It was an honor and a pleasure to have Jose Allende perform at our wedding. Like many other happy couples, we wanted to add something special to our day. Having a world-class musician such as Jose Allende added a unique, personal, and uplifting feel to our wedding. Live music has a profound impact on the feelings of people and having Jose perform in the midst of our celebration was invaluable to our special day. Many of our family and friends, from the four year old ring bearer to the more seasoned guests, remarked on how much they enjoyed the live music. We are so thankful to have chosen Jose instead of a typical homogeneous DJ. We recommend Jose Allende with the highest praise to anyone planning a wedding." - Chris Forrey and Laura Espinal (Wedding) (Dec 2007)
"Jose performed at my Wine Tasting Fundraiser, and every guest, including myself, gave him 5 stars! He had a beautiful sense of the type of Latin Jazz that we requested and it was phenomenal. We truly recommend Jose Allende for anyone's next private or public event. You won't regret it! " - Lynette Correa Founder/PresidentCareer Coaching 4 Kidz (Nov 2007)
"I would like to extend my and the whole organization's appreciation for your performance at the MBREA's Annual Dinner on January 11, 2007 at the Brae Burn Country Club.Your jazz trio created a wonderful ambiance and it served our function wonderfully. Many of ourmembers commented on how lovely your music was and how it made the dinner even more enjoyable. We would certainly recommend your music. Please forward our sincere gratitude to your band members." - Nicole Rodriguez, Program Coordinator for MBREA (Jan 2007)
"Jose Allende was very "instrumental" indeed at our wedding and put to rest any fears and angst. We requested he play two songs and he filled in the remainder of the time with beautiful background music with his own personal flair. He was even so kind as to bring with him a musician friend who was in town during that time, at no extra charge. We had to convince him to take extra pay for this -- they were great and the addition of his friend on bass was such an added bonus! Bill and I were most grateful, as this added so much to our beautiful day. We recommend Jose for your own special day." - Gina Meduski, (Wedding) (Sep 2006)
Jose Allende�s music was a marvelous addition to our corporate cocktail party, bringing professionalism, ambiance and style to our event. I would highly recommend him for a corporate or private dinner or party.� - - Kristen Jilek, Director of Development The Boston Foundation (Jul 2006)
******* You can also read some reviews at my Yelp page https://www.yelp.com/
LESSONS IN SOMERVILLE, AT YOUR PLACE & ONLINE
Different music styles and levels:
Personalized teaching. Guitar Lessons at your place or mine.
- Composition and Improvisation. - Theory & Harmony - Chord Melody (building triads, 7thChords, Extensions)
- Triads (as chords, inversions, cluster, open and spread positions) - Triad pairs for solos - Quartal family
- Substitutions, Modal Exchange, Tritone - Building phrases from arpeggios, triads, chromatism, 4 notes cells.
- Major, Minor, Diminished , Hexatonal & Augmented Scales - Study of Modes
- Bebop Scales, Vocabulary and Approaches (neighbor tones) - Learning Standards and Reharmonization.
- Picking techniques (alternate, economic, hybrid, sweep) - Fretboard visualization and knowledge
* Jazz (Swing, Bebop , Fusion, Modern) Standards. Latin American styles and
repertoire from Afro-Peruvian (Lando, Festejo, Vals) Bossa Nova, Samba, Choro,
Son, Bolero, Cha-Cha-Cha, Tango, Milonga among others.
* Classical Guitar: Etudes and Pieces by Sor, Carcassi,
Giuliani, Barrios, Lauro, Piazzolla,
Cardoso, Sagreras, Bach and more. Also pieces for sight reading, fingerstyle. planting,
plucking methods. * Rock, Funk, Pop, Folk,
Blues among other styles.
* Simple, Compound and Odd meters, and Polyrhythms
I have been compiling different Books for Reading Books, Etudes, Pieces and Technique methods, so I will
supply the most convenient material for you.
"Jose is the simply the best. He knows every single
thing about the guitar and taking lessons from him
learning/half being amazed at how much there is to know. I can't recommend him highly enough.
He is the most passionate person there is when it comes to music and sharing
his knowledge with his students." Melissa G.(Medford)
"Jose has been a tremendous inspiration to my son! He is a phenomenal teacher and
his teaching styles build a strong foundation which make playing the guitar simple and easier!
We had numerous guitar teachers before Jose but none of them were as adept as Jose.
His teaching skills conform to the student and my son
enjoyed learning from him! " Lissy S. (Shrewsbury)
"Jose is an exceptionally talented musician and teacher. My son looks forward to every
lesson where he can hang out with such a cool guy and play great music .....
all the while effortlessly developing his guitar skills and broadening
his musical vocabulary. " Amy V.(Newton)
"Jose is a brilliant player and a wonderful teacher. Once you hear him play, it is easy
to be fully inspired to become the best musician you can be. He is far superior to any other
guitar teachers that I have encountered.
His explanation of music theory is superb and he makes complex concepts seems easy.
He is very attentive to all the details of your play -- so you get the precision that is needed to become
a very very good player. And again, I cannot but accolade his own playing, he is simply the best.
Thank you, Jose for everything that you have taught me,
and my friends." Luba E. (Waltham)
"Jose is an amazing teacher and musician. He took on my 10 year old son who has
difficulty focusing for long periods of time, and makes the hour whizz past. He can explain rhythm
and melody concepts that he can understand, and motivates
him to keep practicing. My son has
made great progress and has remained engaged, because of Jose, and looks
forward to his lesson every week." Gauri B. (Medford)
"Jose has been teaching my son (now 10 years old) classical guitar for 3 years now.
Our son loves music but is a bit distractible (ADHD and all) and we didn't really think he
would stick with this for this long...
Jose is very sweet and patient with our son, and helps
to motivate him to practice. It is obvious that Jose does this work because he loves it. It is also
a real treat just to listen to Jose warming up with guitar exercises.
Our son has made some amazing progress and now it is hard to imagine him not playing
the guitar, and I give Jose credit for that!" Rachel V. (Sudbury)
"Jose provided lessons for me for 8 months. He is incredibly talented as a guitarist and instructor.
And, on the operations side, he is professional, always on time, never cancelled appointments
etc I chose to do in-home lessons so Jose came to my apartment in downtown Boston.
I am an intermediate player and wanted to improve finger-picking, classical guitar,
as well as scales. I can't recommend Jose enough.
The lessons were a ton of fun and incredibly valuable". Ryan N. (Boston)
"Jose is an awesome teacher and a great guy most importantly. He is a great player
and really knows his instrument. I especially like his teaching style of incorporating a lot of
different things yet simplifying it well that you can start to get a bigger picture than just
playing the notes on paper. I highly recommend Jose
to anybody wanting to learn the guitar." John L.(Cambridge)
"Jose is an extremely talented, patient instructor. I had zero experience playing the
guitar when I started lessons, and he quickly helped me understand the basics in a way that
seemed effortless, and without ever getting frustrated. The best part of his teaching
methodology is that he encourages his students to find their
own expression and build
confidence in themselves. Our lessons were always fun, too. I highly recommend him for students
of all levels, but especially beginners." Paige W. (Boston)
SOLO GUITAR JAZZ/WORLD MUSIC PLAYLIST
Also you can download, listen or buy my Jazz quartet album "BREATHING" (2017)
You can also listen to more of my music at https://soundcloud.com/jose-allende-1