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Inspired Jazz That’s Pure Joy

“Alegria” means happiness and joy, and it’s clear from the first note that these musicians are having as much fun as their listeners. Led by versatile guitarist Peter Richardson, Alegria delivers concert-quality instrumental music with a relaxed party vibe. Alegria is a shape-shifting, genre-hopping Jazz combo whose music leaps the continents with flair. The band doesn’t miss a beat between Bossa Nova classics, intricate Latin and Afro-Cuban melodies, and the familiar hits of Ella Fitzgerald . . .


'Round Midnight - Thelonious Monk
A Felicidade - Antonio Carlos Jobim
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - Traditional
Across the Universe - The Beatles
Agua de Beber - Antonio Carlos Jobim
All The Things You Are - Duke Ellington
All or Nothing At All - Frank Sinatra
Alone Together - Jim Hall
And I Love Her - The Beatles
Angel Eyes - Traditional
Aquarela Do Brasil - Traditional
Aqui Como Alla - Arsenio Rodriguez
Armando's Rhumba - Chick Corea
Aurora Em Pekin - Arsenio Rodriguez
Autumn Leaves - Bill Evans
Beatrice - Sam Rivers
Beautiful Love - Traditional
Bebe - Hermeto Pascoal
Berimbau - Baden Powell
Besame Mama - Mongo Santamaria
Besame Mucho - Consuelo Velazquez
Black Orpheus - Luiz Bonfa
Brasilerinho - Joao Pernambuco
Brigas Nunca Mais - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Broadway - Traditional
Caravan - Duke Ellington
Cariba - Wes Montgomery
Chega De Saudade - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Close Your Eyes - Traditional
Corcovado - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Darn That Dream - Billie Holiday
Days of Wine & Roses - Traditional
Desafinado - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Django's Castle - Traditional
Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me - Duke Ellington
Dos Gardenias Para Ti - Isolina Carillo
Dreamer - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Drume Negrita - Grenet
East of the Sun, West of the Moon - Atlantic Star
Emily - Johnny Mandel
Esclavo Triste - Arsenio Rodriguez
Estate - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Evocacion - Jose Merlin
Favela - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Fleur D'ennui - Django Reinhart
Flor de Lis - Djavan
Full House - Wes Montgomery
Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You? - Traditional
Gentle Rain - Luiz Bonfa
Girl From Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Grauna - Joao Pernambuco
Harlem Nocturne - Ray Nobles
Here's That Rainy Day - Tony Bennett
Here, There, and Everywhere - The Beatles
How Deep Is The Ocean - Doc Cheatham
How Insensitive - Antonio Carlos Jobim
I Loves You Porgy - George Gershwin
I Remember You - Johnny Mercer
I Thought About You - Traditional
I WIsh You Love - Cole Porter
I'll Be Seeing You - Duke Ellington
If I Were a Bell - Atlantic Star
In A Mellow Tone - Duke Ellington
In My Life - The Beatles
In a Sentimental Mood - Duke Ellington
Inspiracion - Gipsy Kings
Jitterbug Waltz - Fats Waller
Just Friends - Charlie Parker
Lady Bird - Charlie Parker
Linda Chicana - Mark Levine
Malaguena - Traditional
Mambo Influenciado - Chucho Valdez
Mambo Inn - Hilton Ruiz
Manteca - Dizzy Gillespie
Meditation - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Michelle - The Beatles
Minor Swing - Django Reinhart
Mood Indigo - Duke Ellington
Moon River - Traditional
My One and Only Love - John Coltrane & Johnny Bennett
Naima - John Coltrane
Nature Boy - Traditional
Night and Day - Cole Porter
No Me Llore Mas - Arsenio Rodriguez
Nuages - Django Reinhart
O Grande Amor - Antonio Carlos Jobim
O Pato - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Oceano - Djavan
Once I Loved - Antonio Carlos Jobim
One Note Samba - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Out of Nowhere - Traditional
Oye Como Va - Tito Puente
Perdido - Duke Ellington
Poinciana - Bernier/Simon
Prelude to a Kiss - Duke Ellington
Rio Ancho - Paco De Lucia
Road Song - Wes Montgomery
Romanza - Traditional
Rumba Flamenca - Traditional
Samba De Orfeu - Luiz Bonfa
Samba Do Aviao - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Samba Em Preludio - Baden Powell
Samba Pa Ti - Carlos Santana
Samba Triste - Baden Powell
So Danco Samba - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Softly As A Morning Sunrise - Traditional
Sons de Carrilhoes - Joao Pernambuco
Soul Eyes - Traditional
Spain - Chick Corea
Speak Low - Atlantic Star
Star Eyes - Traditional
Stella by Starlight - Duke Ellington
Stompin' At The Savoy - Benny Goodman
Summer Samba - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Summertime - George Gershwin
Sunny Side of the Street - Ella Fitzgerald
Tango Carioca - Ricardo Silveira
Tears - Django Reinhart
Tempestad - Juan Serrano
Tenderly - Traditional
The Summer Knows - Traditional
The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
There's no Greater Love - Traditional
Tres Palabras - Osvaldo Farres
Triste - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Tristeza - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Troublant Bolero - Django Reinhart
Una Manana - Clare Fischer
Valsa Sem Nome - Baden Powell
Watch What Happens - Frank Sinatra
What Are You Doing With the Rest of Your Life? - Traditional
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Yesterdays - Kem
You Stepped Out of a Dream - Traditional
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Alegria Jazz Trio


Alegria full band with instruments posing for promotional photo
Alegria drummer performing live in a ballroom
Alegria lead male singer smiling and entertaining guests
Alegria guitar player performing live for a private event
Alegria male singer performing live and smiling with bass player in the background
Alegria guitar player picking strings for corporate event
Alegria entire band outside of a home for a private event
Alegria male guitarist performing live in a ballroom
Alegria drummer playing snare at a private event
Alegria male upright bass player performing live for guests in a ballroom
Alegria two male band members entertaining audience at a live event
Alegria entire band trio performing live for a private event


From: Casey Hu
Date: Tue, Dec 6, 2022 at 9:49 AM
Subject: RE: Alegria
To: Mike Miglino
Hey Mike!
They were great! We received many compliments from our guests that they enjoyed the band’s repertoire.
The band sponsor told us that this year’s Ring in the Holidays was the best one yet. Giddyup for next year!
Happy holidays!

From: Dan Englander
Date: Tue, Sep 6, 2022 at 9:27 AM
Subject: Re: Alegria
To: Mike Miglino

Thanks for much for checking in Alegria went above and beyond and the experience they created was everything we were hoping for. I will do my best to reach out to you this week, but in short 10 out of 10.

From: Lynn Murtha
Date: Wed, Jul 27, 2022 at 5:14 PM
Subject: Re: Alegria
To: Mike Miglino

Hi Mike,
Peter and the Alegria Trio were OUTSTANDING! Their musicianship is excellent, the song selection was most enjoyable, they were friendly and professional in behavior and appearance, and they brought an amazing energy and elevation to our dinner!
Often times, I am slightly disappointed with things not meeting expectation, but not with Alegria! I am hoping that I will have another opportunity to hire them for an event during our daughter's wedding weekend in DC in March.
I appreciate your directing us to Alegria and it was a pleasure working with you, as well.
Enjoy the rest of your summer.
Best regards,
Lynn Murtha

From: Katherine Hummel
Date: Sat, May 28, 2022 at 3:55 PM
Subject: Re: Alegria
To: Mike Miglino

Hello Mike!
They were simply amazing, and we received so many compliments on their performance. It made our event feel 'real' and it added so much sophistication. We absolutely loved their music. We will be sure to leave a review for them.
Kindest regards,
Kate Hummel

From: Chris Clevenger
Date: Thu, Dec 16, 2021 at 5:04 PM
Subject: Re: Alegria
To: Mike Miglino
Hi Mike,
We really loved Alegria at our cocktail hour they sounded fantastic, it was exactly what we were hoping for! Peter was great and easy to work with throughout the whole process. Hannah and I also really appreciate the last minute adjustments to be able to work our ceremony music too. I will be sure to leave a review on the knot this week and will absolutely be recommending Sam Hill to any of our friends who end up getting married in the area.
Have a great holiday season, and thanks so much again for helping us put on an amazing wedding!

From: Rachel Love
Date: Tue, Nov 2, 2021 at 11:17 AM
Subject: Re: Alegria
To: Mike Miglino

Thank you for reaching out. Alegria brought a unique and beautiful touch to our event last Saturday. They are incredibly talented musicians and they kept everyone mesmerized by the music during preceremony and cocktail hour. In terms of music, they were 10/10! Additionally, the three members of Alegria were kind, accommodating and incredibly professional. We absolutely loved having them at our event, and we’ve gotten amazing feedback from our guests as well.
In terms of working with Sam Hill Entertainment, I would say that you were one of the absolute most professional vendors to work with. The communication was easy and prompt. Being a musician myself, live music was extremely important to us and the person who helped us was extremely patient and helpful as we worked to find the perfect fit for our event.
I was so moved by Alegria, I plan to reach out to them directly as well to thank them again for making our night so special. We wouldn’t have had it go any other way.
We will include this in a knot review as well.
Thank you so much!
Rachel Love

From: Jessica Stuart
Date: Mon, Oct 25, 2021 at 6:34 PM
Subject: RE: Alegria and Sam Hill Entertainment
To: Andrew Juge

Hi Andrew,
Everything went wonderful with Alegria on Oct. 14th with the Green Jacket Club! They were wonderful to work with and sounded amazing. They fit in with the themed event they did. They were very flexible with the client and their needs.

From: Holmes, Keviana
Date: Tue, Dec 10, 2019 at 11:17 AM
Subject: RE: Alegria
To: Mike Miglino

Hi Mike, 
Yes, everything went well. I expressed my gratitude to Peter and his band mates. We will be in touch! 
Keviana Holmes
Coordinator, Human Resources
Edison Electric Institute

From: Alexis Milby
Date: Wed, Oct 23, 2019 at 10:06 AM
Subject: Re: Alegria
To: Mike Miglino

Hi Mike,
Peter and the rest of the guys were wonderful to work with. Very professional, flexible and kind overall. Had a positive experience.
LK Events + Design

From: Rodney Parker
Date: Tue, Oct 1, 2019 at 9:35 AM
Subject: Re: Alegria
To: Mike @ Sam Hill Entertainment

You guys were amazing. We thank you so much for all that you did.
Thanks again.

Alegria was great. The music was fantastic just what we were hoping for and the guys were great people. Thank you for introducing us to them!
Katie Moran
Feb 16, 2019 birthday party client

From: Jay Jessup
Date: Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 3:59 PM
Subject: RE: Alegria
To: Mike Miglino

Thanks Mike,
Everything went very well. The music was perfect for what we needed and I enjoyed working with James and the band. I’d recommend them to anyone.

From: Elizabeth Singleton
Date: Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 5:06 PM
Subject: Re: Alegria
To: Andrew Juge
It was awesome!! They were so great!! Thank you so much!!
Elizabeth Singleton

from Turner, Cathy (VMFA)
Date: Wed, 3 May 2017 14:33:56 +0000
From: Turner, Cathy (VMFA)
Subject: RE: contract #88961 VMFA YSL Gala
To: peter
Hi Peter,
Thank you so much for last evening you guys were great! We were so far in the weeds getting set up for the cocktail portion of the event that I didn't get an opportunity to properly appreciate your music, but our guests loved it! Thank you again, and I hope we will have the chance to work together again!

From: Pam Roberts
Date: Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 9:38 PM
Subject: Re: Alegria band follow up
To: Andy Jaspen

Hi Andy!
The Collegiate Winter Party was awesome! The VMFA was a great venue a lot of people thought it was the best auction ever, and Algeria was perfect! The music was great background in the Marble Hall everyone enjoyed it! They were great and easy to work with. Hoping to get VMFA again for next year but waiting to hear. I'll be back in touch about music! Thanks so much,
Pam Roberts
The Collegiate School

From: Krumbine, Lauren
Date: Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 9:41 PM
Subject: RE: Alegria
To: Mike Miglino
Hi Mike,

Thanks so much for reaching out. The event went really well and the band was amazing, you all have been great to work with from the very beginning and I really appreciate all your support in making our event a success.

Thank you,
Lauren Krumbine
Travel & Events Coordinator, Corporate Events
Compass Group USA, Inc.

From: Valorie Schaefer
Date: Wed, Oct 7, 2015 at 9:50 AM
Subject: Re: Alegria
To: Mike Miglino

The band was terrific! Thanks so much. We will definitely keep you in mind for our return to DC next year!

From: Kelley Cannon Events
Date: Thu, May 28, 2015 at 12:11 PM
Subject: Re: TaskierFelous Wedding with Alegria
To: Andy Jaspen

Hi Andy,
Peter and the Alegria group were great. They sounded great and were super easy to work with.
Thank you!

From: Marshall Norton Jr
Sent: Thursday, January 02, 2014 7:31 AM
To: Andy Jaspen
Subject: Re: happy new year dude
Peter and his band Alegria were fantastic, and I want to thank you again for the recommendation. In several email exchanges and a few phone calls leading up to the wedding day, Peter was extremely easy to work with on song selections, and it was fun for us to see that he was actually excited about getting to play some selections that weren't in the typical wedding repertoire. It was kind of a blur, but I definitely remember hearing Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Tarrega, which Peter said he could polish up for the occasion. Curtis Mayfield's People Get Ready did its job in getting guests ready and getting the wedding party down the aisle. That song set the tone for Marie's processional, the Beatles' I've Just Seen a Face, which Peter and Alegria worked up as requested in a slower style. To top it all off, they headed upstairs and performed two sets of fun and danceable music (maybe three? like I said, it's a blur!) during our reception, too. It was all perfect.
Feel free to use any/all of that for a testimonial on the web site, if you like. Hope to see you in the new year.

From: Virginia Fuller
Sent: Monday, May 23, 2011 2:24 PM
To: Andy @ Sam Hill Entertainment
Subject: RE: Alegria band follow up
Dear Andy,
Thanks for following up. We were very pleased with the band Alegria at our Gold Medal Awards Dinner banquet. We really liked their selection of music. It was perfect for our event. We look forward to working with you again in the future.
Virginia A. Fuller
Sustainability Program Manager
World Environment Center

From: Shawn + Ann
Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2008 3:06 PM
To: Leah @ Sam Hill Entertainment;
Subject: Re: Peter Richardson
Hi Leah & Andrew,
The whole honeymoon and wedding were really great.
Peter Richardson and then, Alegria, were awesome! We were so pleased, and really could not have asked for better.
Peter was great for the outdoor ceremony and pulled through at the last minute with a song request from Ann for a Bjork song. He nailed the song out in 2 days time, and was able to play it at the wedding. Hearing the song really helped to calm Ann's nerves as she started walking down the aisle, and made it very memorable.
A lot of people commented that they really liked the band for the reception. The mood they set was perfect. They were also very accommodating as far as taking impromptu breaks, I think they took a couple requests, etc . . .
We do not have a big group of dancing friends. Most of our friends are musicians so, I think they really enjoyed hearing a band that did not do bad renditions of today's top 20 songs. Alegria really does have their own unique style to their music.
In short, they were great!
Ann + Shawn Sullivan
Washington, DC

From: Monica Douthit
Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 6:49 PM
To: 'Justin @ Sam Hill Entertainment'
Cc: 'John Wheeler'
Subject: RE: 9/16 Alegria

Peter and the band were FABULOUS!!! We couldn't have asked for a better band, our guests were thrilled as were we. Should we ever need a band in the future, we would 110% call on Alegria.
Warm regards
Monica & John Wheeler

From: Kimberly Hillsman
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 7:55 AM
To: Andy Jaspen @ Sam Hill Entertainment
Subject: Re: Alegria follow up

Everything with the band Alegria was great. I honestly didn't get to just sit and enjoy their music, with everything going on at the reception, but they were the perfect addition to the cocktail portion of our event. I think everyone really enjoyed them. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to recommend Alegria or your company to anyone planning an event in Charlottesville! Working with you was a pleasure.
Thanks for all of your help,

From: Stamatin, Kim
Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2005 9:12 AM
To: Andy Jaspen @ Sam Hill Entertainment
Subject: RE: Alegria follow up

Hi Andy,
I know that I can speak for my husband when I say how pleased we were with Alegria performing at our reception. Our guests thought so too! They were a perfect trio for our evening and very talented. Couldn't be more pleased. We'll certainly keep Alegria in mind for future events we plan personally and professionally.
Thank you again.
Kim Stamatin

Sent: Saturday, October 02, 2004 2:20 PM
To: 'Andy Jaspen at Sam Hill Entertainment'
Subject: RE: Alegria follow up

Hello Andy, The bride and groom were pleasingly surprised when they walked into the reception and heard the music of Alegria. All enjoyed the superb quality of Alegria’s music talents. Hats off and thank you for recommending this most professional group.
Liz Bailey

P.S. I am sure we will hire them again!

From: Sue_Graf
Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 2004 2:24 PM
To: Katie Chandler at Sam Hill Entertainment
Subject: Re: 9/14 Alegria

I thought the band was wonderful and we had a lot of comments about how
good everyone thought they were. Thank you!! Sue
Sue Graf
Event Planning Manager

From: Rui Sasaki
Sent: Wednesday, September 13, 2006 5:56 PM
To: Andy Jaspen @ Sam Hill Entertainment
Subject: Re: Alegria follow up

Hi Andy,
I thought Alegria sounded great. They were perfect for the type of event I had wanted and the smaller kids enjoyed it and were dancing around to them. I got many compliments about them from my friends and family so I know the guests enjoyed them as well!
And of course they were very professional, punctual, etc. Alegria was great about everything.
Thanks for the great recommendation.

From: michael bonfigli
Sent: Wednesday, September 08, 2004 9:54 AM
To: Andy Jaspen
Subject: Re: Alegria follow up

Hi Andy,
We had a wonderful wedding and the music was terrific, everybody including Carmel and I enjoyed the music and all the dancing! They were very flexible with our very low key planning and spontaneous approach to our wedding which just flowed terrifically. I would definitely recommend them to my clients and friends!! Nice working with you and hope we cross paths in the future. Thanks so so much for a terrific experience.
Take care,
Michael and Carmel

From: Jennifer Alane Habicht
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2003 5:28 PM
To: Andy Jaspen
Subject: Re: alegria

Hey Andy,
Alegria was fantastic...they were just what Cynthia (the owner) was looking for, and inspired dancing, etc. In a word they were perfect for the event. Thank you so much for your help, and I'll give you a call next event I do for Spring Street=)
Take care,

From: Lynn Easton Andrews
Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2002 10:03 AM
Subject: RE:
terrific...every one was great
Lynn Easton
Easton Events

From: Hawks, Rasheedah
Sent: Friday, December 08, 2006 11:17 AM
Subject: Re: Alegria follow up

Everyrthing went very well with Alegria. The group arrived on time and were dressed very nice and carried themself in a professional manner. I really enjoyed their sound and so did all of the guests!
Rasheedah Hawks, Touchstone Consulting Group

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Song List: Alegria

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Jazz, Swing & Standards
Classic Rock
Jazz, Swing & Standards
Aquarela Do Brasil
Rumba Flamenca
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Angel Eyes
Beautiful Love
Close Your Eyes
Days of Wine & Roses
Django's Castle
Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You?
I Thought About You
Star Eyes
Softly As A Morning Sunrise
The Summer Knows
There's no Greater Love
What Are You Doing With the Rest of Your Life?
You Stepped Out of a Dream
Moon River
Nature Boy
Out of Nowhere
Soul Eyes
Antonio Carlos Jobim
A Felicidade
Agua de Beber
Brigas Nunca Mais
Chega De Saudade
Girl From Ipanema
How Insensitive
O Grande Amor
O Pato
Once I Loved
One Note Samba
Samba Do Aviao
So Danco Samba
Summer Samba
Duke Ellington
Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me
All The Things You Are
I'll Be Seeing You
In A Mellow Tone
In a Sentimental Mood
Stella by Starlight
Mood Indigo
Prelude to a Kiss
Django Reinhart
Fleur D'ennui
Troublant Bolero
Minor Swing
Baden Powell
Samba Em Preludio
Samba Triste
Valsa Sem Nome
Arsenio Rodriguez
Esclavo Triste
No Me Llore Mas
Aqui Como Alla
Aurora Em Pekin
Frank Sinatra
The Way You Look Tonight
All or Nothing At All
Watch What Happens
Luiz Bonfa
Black Orpheus
Gentle Rain
Samba De Orfeu
Joao Pernambuco
Sons de Carrilhoes
Wes Montgomery
Full House
Road Song
Atlantic Star
East of the Sun, West of the Moon
If I Were a Bell
Speak Low
Flor de Lis
Chick Corea
Armando's Rhumba
George Gershwin
I Loves You Porgy
Cole Porter
I WIsh You Love
Night and Day
Charlie Parker
Just Friends
Lady Bird
Hermeto Pascoal
Sam Rivers
Ricardo Silveira
Tango Carioca
Isolina Carillo
Dos Gardenias Para Ti
Osvaldo Farres
Tres Palabras
Clare Fischer
Una Manana
Dizzy Gillespie
Drume Negrita
Mark Levine
Linda Chicana
Jose Merlin
Tito Puente
Oye Como Va
Hilton Ruiz
Mambo Inn
Mongo Santamaria
Besame Mama
Carlos Santana
Samba Pa Ti
Chucho Valdez
Mambo Influenciado
Consuelo Velazquez
Besame Mucho
Gipsy Kings
Paco De Lucia
Rio Ancho
Juan Serrano
Jim Hall
Alone Together
Bill Evans
Autumn Leaves
Billie Holiday
Darn That Dream
Ray Nobles
Harlem Nocturne
Tony Bennett
Here's That Rainy Day
Doc Cheatham
How Deep Is The Ocean
Johnny Mercer
I Remember You
Benny Goodman
Stompin' At The Savoy
Louis Armstrong
What a Wonderful World
Johnny Mandel
Fats Waller
Jitterbug Waltz
John Coltrane & Johnny Bennett
My One and Only Love
John Coltrane
Thelonious Monk
'Round Midnight
Ella Fitzgerald
Sunny Side of the Street

Classic Rock
The Beatles
Across the Universe
And I Love Her
Here, There, and Everywhere
In My Life