Jose Allende was born in Lima, Peru. He began playing guitar at the age of eight. He has taken private lessons with Eloy La Rocha and Andres Prado in Peru. He also took private lessons with Jon Damian at Berklee and David Doruzka, and Danilo Perez at NEC in Boston.
He holds a Master's Degree in Modern American Music which involves Jazz, Latin, Classical & Free Music Performance from Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. He studied at Longy with Joe Morris and David Patterson.
He has worked as a musician and educator in Lima,Peru, Chicago, Houston, Connecticut, and Boston. Performing for events, concerts and festivals.
He was a member of a quintet invited to give a clinic on Afro-Peruvian Jazz Music at IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) in Long Beach, CA, featuring the drummer Alex Acuna.
Jose has performed with musicians like Alexei Tsiganov, Jorge Roeder, Jorge Perez-Albela, John Lockwood, Oscar Stagnaro, Gabriel Guerrero, Sofia Rei, Gregorio Uribe, Eleonora Bianchini, among others. Also he has shared stage with Greg Hopkins, Bob Moses, Dave Bryant, Nando Michelin, Dave Liebman.
Jose is a versatile guitarist, arranger, composer and teacher, always exploring different rhythms, concepts and spirituality in music. He uses acoustic and electric guitars to fusion Afro-Peruvian & other South-American and Latin rhythms with contemporary jazz harmonies and different meters into his compositions. Jose is currently performing and teaching Jazz, South-American & Latin styles and Classical Guitar Music around Boston and New England area.