Pedro Iturralde

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Pedro Iturralde

Pedro Iturralde, born 1929, is a Spanish saxophonist, saxophone teacher and composer.[1]

He began his musical studies with his father and performed in his first professional engagements on saxophone at age eleven. He graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, where he studied clarinet, piano, and harmony.

He went on to lead his own jazz quartet at the W. Jazz Club in Madrid, experimenting with the combined use of flamenco and jazz, and making recordings for the Blue Note label. In 1972 he undertook further study in harmony and arranging at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He taught saxophone at the Madrid Conservatory from 1978 until his retirement in 1994.

He appeared in Spain and abroad as a soloist with the Spanish National Orchestra under the baton of Frühbeck de Burgos, Celibidache, Markevitch, and others.

When he was 20 years old he composed Czárdás for saxophone. He dedicated the present version of the work, orchestrated by his brother Javier, to a friend, saxophonist Theodore Kerkezos.

He made recordings with the renowned flamenco guitarists Paco de Lucia (Hiaspavox, 1968), Paco de Algeciras and Pepe de Antequerra (Columbia YS-2072-H, 1967) and Paco Cepero (CBS, 1975). He also recorded with jazz vocalist Donna Hightower on her "I'm In Love with Love" album (Columbia, 1974) and arranged/conducted on her "El Jazz y Donna Hightower" album (Columbia, 1975).


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