When you see Neff, you can’t help but to notice his big smile and enthusiasm while he performs. His taste, chops,guitar sound and composer’s palette are eclectic. When you combine that with his blend of funk, latin and ambient modern jazz: Caramba! Modern Latin Jazz Guitar is here! 

Puertorican guitarist and composer Neff Irizarry (b.1973), whose daring, fresh and exploring take on Contemporary Jazz with a strong Latin tinge has been hailed by such names as Steve Khan, Jimmy Haslip (The Yellowjackets) and Paquito D'Rivera. He can be heard on his debut CD Nepenthe (produced by Haslip)firing away his distinctive fusion of Coltrane-influence hard bop and pianistic montunos. The opening track ‘Despedidas’ was included in the first-ever European Real Book, a collection of the best European jazz compositions and in the Digital Real Book by Sher Music.
 A young guitarist on the rise and a Berklee Alumni: Neff has played, studied and been in close quarters with some of the best names in contemporary jazz today. Steve Khan, Eddie Henderson, Jimmy Haslip, Randy Brecker, Azymuth, Will Calhoun, Andy Emler, Evan Price, Antonio Sanchez, Victor Mendoza, Jeff Lorber, Lonnie Liston Smith, Lee Pearson, Jean Caze, Stephen Webber, Brian Melvin, Gianni Bardaro, Sebastian Studnitzky, Gene Perla, Rick Peckham, Brett Willmott, Jon Damian, Marc Quiñones, Bobby Allende, Leslie Lopez, David Lyttle and Antonio Quijano, Deniss Pashkevich, Jolanta Gulbe Pashkevich and Martin Fabricius to name a few.
He currently teaches at the Helsinki Pop & Jazz Konservatorio in Finland and has been a guest lecturer in Jazz, Funk and Latin Styles at Novia Polytechnic in Jakobstad, Finland and at the Performing Arts School in Riga, Latvia.

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