EURÓPA is a 6 piece Contemporary/Smooth Jazz and R&B group with a Latin flavor from San Antonio, Texas. At the start of 2000, EURÓPA was formed by group founder, keyboardist and music director Alexander Ambrozaitis. Alex together with bass player James Pickens, lead alto saxophonist Virdrick Pettit and drummer Michael Alexander recorded EURÓPA’s first CD titled “ONE” in 2002. EURÓPA had gone through a few musician changes and additions. The first addition to the group was AJ Ambrozaitis on tenor/alto sax, keyboards, percussion and vocals in 2002. Another addition included vocalist RG Dean. In 2003 Anselmo Leal became the lead alto/soprano sax and percussionist replacing Virdrick Pettit. In 2008, Nate Crawford replaced drummer Michael Alexander, and sax player extordainer Onel Jimenez replaced Anselmo Leal. In 2005 EURÓPA was given the “Party Jazz” label by a jazz festival promoter Robert Jackson from Louisiana, giving a name to the sounds and style of EURÓPA.
Throughout the years EURÓPA has toured in Texas, North America and Europe. EURÓPA has opened for and or shared the stage with such artist as Warren Hill, Chris Botti, Eddie Baccus, Pieces of a Dream, Kyle Turner, Strunz & Farrah, Confunkshun, Lakeside, Brian Culbertson, Michael Lington, Peter White, Freddie Ravel, Joe Posada and many others.
EURÓPA is currently promoting the release of its 2nd CD titled “ELEMENTS”. The ELEMENTS CD will feature original ontemporary/Smooth Jazz and an R&B vocal selection. Inclusive a Christmas song done and arranged by EURÓPA.
EURÓPA is also working on touring throughout North America, Europe and Asia to promote its music.
ALEX AMBROZAITIS – Music director, lead keyboards and vocals.
JAMES PICKENS – Assistant musical director, 4,5,6 string bass and vocals.
NATE CRAWFORD – Drums, percussion and vocals.
ONEL JIMENEZ – Alto sax, vocals and percussion.
AJ AMBROZAITIS – Tenor/alto/soprano sax, percussion, keyboards and vocals.
RG DEAN – Lead/back-up vocals and percussion.