Alfred "Chico" Alvarez

Alfred "Chico" Alvarez ( born February 3, 1920 in Montreal; † August 1, 1992 in Las Vegas ( Nevada) ) was an American jazz trumpet player who played for around 10 years in the Stan Kenton band as a soloist.


Alvarez was born in Canada but grew up in Los Angeles. In addition to trumpet, he also learned piano and violin. 1941 to 1943 he was a soloist in the Stan Kenton band to hear on tracks such as " macho " or " Harlem Holiday", and also after his military service in World War II until 1951. He also played with Red Norvo, Benny Carter and band by Charlie Barnet. In 1952 he founded a piano shop in Hermosa Beach in Los Angeles, where he devoted himself to getting stronger. He recorded with Patti Page and Nat King Cole and played with various Latin music bands, for which he also wrote pieces. In 1958 he moved to Las Vegas, where he worked in the 1960s and 1970s in show orchestras and thereby, inter alia, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan accompanied.

He should not be confused with a native of Cuba, singer, bandleader and disc jockey Chico Alvarez ( Ernesto Alvarez Peraza ) in New York, who has there own Latin music radio show.