Johnny Alegre

Juan Bautista H. Alegre III (born June 4, 1955),[1] known professionally as Johnny Alegre, is a jazz guitarist and composer[2] from Manila, Philippines. He leads the jazz group Johnny Alegre Affinity and the world music group Humanfolk.

Johnny Alegre
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Background information
Birth nameJuan Bautista Alegre
Born (1955-06-04) June 4, 1955 (age 65)
Manila, Philippines
GenresJazz, world fusion
LabelsCandid, MCA
Associated actsJohnny Alegre Affinity, Humanfolk, Absolute Zero



Johnny Alegre (center) with bassist Ron McClure (left) and drummer Billy Hart (right). This photo was taken in New York City when they recorded Johnny Alegre 3 for MCA.

Alegre studied composition at the University of the Philippines College of Music in the latter 1970s. He was a founding member of the U.P. Jazz Ensemble and a member of the Upsilon Sigma Phi fraternity.[3] He participated in workshops by composer Erhard Karkoschka, guitarist Ike Isaacs, and composer Chou Wen-chung.

In May 2002, Alegre formed the Johnny Alegre Affinity with bassist Colby de la Calzada, drummer Koko Bermejo, pianist Elhmir Saison, and saxophonist Tots Tolentino. Their first recorded work, "Stones of Intramuros", written by Alegre, was included in the limited edition Philippine jazz anthology Adobo Jazz Vol. 1.[4] The self-titled album Johnny Alegre Affinity was released in the Philippines in mid-2005 and was re-released in England the same year for global distribution as Jazzhound. This was followed by performances at the PizzaExpress Jazz Club in London with guest saxophonist, Dimitri Vassilakis.

During 2006 and 2007, Alegre and Affinity worked on Eastern Skies, an album of original compositions with the Global Studio Orchestra conducted by Gerard Salonga.[5] In 2009 MCA released Johnny Alegre 3, a trio album with Ron McClure (bass) and Billy Hart (drums). Alegre was MCA's first act from the Philippines.[6]

In 2008, Alegre recorded Humanfolk, the name of an album and a band formed with percussionist Susie Ibarra, drummer Roberto Juan Rodriguez, Cynthia Alexander, and Malek Lopez. For Humanfolk he wrote "Para Sa Tao" based on the Baybayin letters of the tagalog language.

Alegre is profiled in the book The Great Jazz Guitarists by Scott Yanow.[7]


Alegre is a member of FILSCAP, the Jazz Society of the Philippines and had served a term as a consultant of the Philippine International Jazz and Arts Festival. Other than his activities in jazz, World and Philippine music, Johnny Alegre is a member of Wikimedia Philippines, the national chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation in the Philippines. He became one of the Board of Trustees, starting from July 2014 to June 2016, and became the fourth President of the said chapter.


  • Jazzhound (Candid, 2005)
  • Eastern Skies (Candid, 2007)
  • Johnny Alegre 3 (MCA, 2009)
  • Humanfolk (MCA, 2011)



  1. ^ "Jazz Musicians born on June 4". AllAboutJazz. 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
  2. ^ "Album Review: 'Stories' by Johnny Alegre AFFINITY". 2014-02-06. Retrieved 2014-12-23.
  3. ^ "Johnny Alegre". All About Jazz. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  4. ^ Ramos, Cris (1 November 2003). "Adobo Jazz and Dinuguang improvisation". The Manila Times. Manila, Philippines. p. C8.
  5. ^ "Jazz Artist Johnny Alegre Teams Up With Gerard Salonga". The Manila Times. 9 January 2008. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-06. Retrieved 2011-08-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Yanow, Scott (2013). The Great Jazz Guitarists. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.
  8. ^ "List of Winners, The 25th Awit Awards". Retrieved 2012-11-27.
  9. ^ "Johnny Alegre Trio". Retrieved 2013-06-15.
  10. ^ "KMC Music Awards". Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  11. ^ "2014 Aliw Awards". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2014-12-07.
  12. ^ "Jed Madela wins top honor at 27th Aliw Awards". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 2014-12-07.
  13. ^ "Full List of Winners of 27th Aliw Awards". Retrieved 2014-12-11.
  14. ^ "Outstanding Professional Award". Superbrands_Council. Archived from the original on 2016-10-11. Retrieved 2016-10-07.

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