Berta Moreno is a multi-awarded jazz saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and educator from Spain based in New York City. She has captured the eye of the audience and grabbed the attention of the US and European press. Critics usually define her as “Driven and Determined”- Downbeat Magazine, “a storyteller”- WBGO and “a highly thoughtful and precise soloist, with well-planned statements that don’t waste any notes” – All About Jazz.

With an extensive career, she has been touring and performing as a bandleader and sidewoman in some of the leading jazz festivals, including North Sea Jazz or TD James Moody Jazz Festival, and some of the main venues and theatres, TV and Radio programs both in Europe and US including NPR, WBGO, NJPAC, Lantaren Venster or The Kimmel Center. She has shared the stages with some of the most established jazz musicians, such as Arturo O’Farrill, Steve Wilson, Troy Roberts, Francisco Mela, Shai Maestro, Manuel Valera, Edsel Gomez, Ralph Alessi, Santi Debriano.

She is deeply involved in the Jazz, Latin, and World Music scene, both as a player and a composer, and teaching in organizations such as MMC in partnership with Columbia University and the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance in New York. More about Berta Moreno

“Moreno is a highly thoughtful and precise soloist, with well-planned statements that don’t waste any notes.” – All About Jazz

The music on KUVO never stops, thankfully. The nature of these creative compositions and compelling collaborations is growth and re-invention, re-interpretation, and the quest for things altogether new and never heard before.

Jazz Appreciation Month comes along at just the right time. Spring is the time for new life, to replace the giant trees felled by age and virus. Not to put too much pressure on the young artists headed our way, but we’re counting on them to get us out of the grief and negative funk we’re in. Too much death. Too much sorrow. Lost memories and dear friends departed. Jazz folks are ready for what’s next in music, NOW MORE THAN EVER!

In April 2022, KUVO marks Jazz Appreciation Month by highlighting a few of the “New Faces of Jazz,” however you wish to describe this music. Every few days we’ll dig into the shallow catalogs of the up-and-comers who are coming on strong with musical ideas birthed from the soil loosely called “Jazz.”

We hope you will reach out to KUVO with YOUR favorite new artists because honestly, try as we might, we haven’t heard them all. Hit us up on any of our social media channels or text:

In the meantime, KUVO Jazz hosts (and the hosts of other formats on KUVO) will sound a little younger, and a little more adventurous during April. Because we’re depending on the next wave. Join us won’t you?

For more ways to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month and for more resources, visit the Smithsonian Institution’s official JAM website at American History Smithsonian/Jazz Appreciation Month.

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