Justo Almario

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Justo Pastor Almario Gómez (Sincelejo, 18 February 1949) is a Colombian born, Los Angeles based, flautist, sax player, and Latin jazz group leader.[1][2][3]

He was among several Colombian musicians recruited by Mongo Santamaria for his band in the 1970s, notably on the album Afro–Indio (1975).[4][5]


  1. ^ Justo Almario, el colombiano en las grandes ligas del jazz latino "Este sincelejano ha participado en las bandas sonoras de más de una docena de películas de Hollywood"
  2. ^ Steven Joseph Loza Barrio Rhythm: Mexican American Music in Los Angeles 1993 Page 122 "Justo Almario: saxophonist, originally from Colombia, who has performed with Freddy Hubbard, Poncho Sanchez, Bobby Rodriguez, Alex Acuna, and many other international artists, in addition to being a very active studio musician and leading his own fusion group"
  3. ^ Leonard Feather, Ira Gitler The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz 1999 p. 60 "ALMARIO, JUSTO PASTOR GOMEZ, saxes,fl, cl; b. Sincelejo, Colombia, 2/18/49. Professional debut at 13 w. Alex Acosta Orch. in Colombia; at 17, tour. US w. “Cumbia Colombia” Band on cultural exchange tour. Studied at Berklee Sch. on full ..."
  4. ^ Raul A. Fernandez From Afro-Cuban Rhythms to Latin Jazz 2006 - Page 97 "During this period, there was a notable presence of Colombian talent in Mongo's ensemble. Besides pianist Eddie Martínez, Mongo re-cruited Justo Almario to play flute ..."
  5. ^ Steven Otfinoski Latinos in the Arts 2007 - Page 206 "Santamaria, Mongo (Ramón “Mongo” Santamaria) (1922–2003) percussion player, bandleader, composer A master of the Cuban drums called ... Afro–Indio (1975), a potent collaboration with Colombian flautist and sax player Justo Almario."