Oriol Vallès

Oriol has performed all over the world: Europe (Catalonia, Spain, Holland, Belgium) and The States (New York, New Jersey).

Born in 1993 in a musical family, Oriol finished a Professional Degree with honors in June 2011. He earned with honors a Superior Degree at ESMuC in 2015. He formed a quintet called Smack Dab, co-leaded with drummer Joan Casares. In 2015 they recorded with Jesse Davis.

In 2016 they recorded their second album with Perico Sambeat and Toni Belenguer. In a review in the Jazz Journal Magazine (UK), Mark Gardner: “Valles is a vigorous trumpeter exhibiting the undisguised influence of Freddie Hubbard. Played as a blindfold test, this music would fool anyone into thinking that this is a contemporary New York outfit; they are that good. The CD is released in Fresh Sound’s new talent series and merits close attention. It will be worth waiting to hear how these musicians develop their abilities.”

In 2018, he earned his Cum Laude Masters Degree at the Manhattan School of Music. In June 2018, the quintet was expanded to a full big band. They received good press reviews, calling them “one of the best big bands in the nation” (TV3).

As a educator, he has given lessons as guest teacher at Conservatori Superior de les Illes Balears as well as at the Tenerife Jazz Camp 2019.