Marcelo Peralta Day
March 5, 1961 – March 10, 2020
Gextco International Jazz Festival – 2015
Argentian born, Madrid-based Alto saxophonist Marcelo Peralta (3/5/1961 – 3/10/2020) is the first jazz musician reported to have succumbed to the virus.
At the age of 18, Marcelo began to play the baritone sax, showing a particular interest in the music of Serge Chaloff; inspired by John Coltrane, Albert Ayler and Ornette Coleman, he learned tenor sax, then alto and finally soprano. While studying harmony and composition under tango composer Sebastian Piana, he taught himself to play trumpet, trombone, tuba, violin, clarinet, and Latin American folk instruments.
Since that time he taught at several schools. In 1980 he taught music in both elementary and high schools, as welI as at special education institutions. At the same time, he was hired as a saxophone and improvisation instructor at the Conservatorio Municipal Manuel de Falla (Buenos Aires).
Marcelo Peralta, alto
Baldo Martínez, bass
Carlos Sir Charles González, drums,