Shades Of My Soul
Luis Alas is a saxophonist, composer and smooth jazz artist. Luis' latest single "Bella's Melody" from the album "Shades Of My Soul" is making waves. Luis is being hailed the new generation of amazing performers attracting a new audience to smooth jazz.
Luis has performed with many great artists in his career and opened for Al Jarreau in Miami’s largest jazz festival, Jazz In the Gardens. He toured for almost 10 years with RIAA Certified Platinum Recording Artist Renan Carias. Luis is about to begin a tour to benefit the organization Prosperity Of Warriors as the headliner in 8 concerts around the country to raise awareness and funds to help our nations homeless veteran population and their families.
Originally from Hialeah, Florida, son of Cuban immigrant parents Luis started initially playing piano at 10 years old, and in sixth grade when he heard the middle school jazz band on a school field trip he fell in love with the sax and never looked back. Playing throughout high school, once he graduated Luis joined the US Air Force. Though he didn't go in as an Air Force Band member but as a Law Enforcement and Security Specialist (with a specialty in nuclear security), Luis continued playing with local bands wherever he was stationed. Soon he became part of the Air Force Entertainment Program and performed with many artists during their USO shows on the bases he was stationed in.
After getting out of the Air Force Luis became a Police Officer for the Department of Veteran Affairs, he spent all of his leave of absence time touring on the Platinum album tour with Renan Carias until September 11, 2001. After the attack on the twin towers Luis was asked to join the special revamped Federal Air Marshal Service. Over the next 6 years Luis worked as a Federal Air Marshal protecting the flying public. In 2007 Luis felt that he needed to get back to his true passion, and separated from federal service to return to music. Over the next several years Luis had to start over as he had not played in almost 5 years at anywhere close to the level he once played. In 2010 after playing at Jazz In The Garden as a back-up musician for Johnny Holliday, Luis began to feel the need to run the show, and started working on his solo project. Over the next several years Luis began to make a splash with local, national, and international projects.
In addition to performing, one of Luis' passions is teaching the future generations of artists. As a clinician Luis speaks to beginner-level students to Master Classes on music development, style, tone and the creation of music which is reflective of each individual musician. As such this ability has allowed Luis to attain an endorsement through www.Saxophone.com, Rico Reeds and more. Luis speaks in schools and churches around the country to provide motivation to current and future musicians, teaching them everything is possible if you are willing to work hard and properly.