HE was born in Falces (Navarra). He started his musical studies
when he was very young and at the
age of nine he made his debut as a
saxophonist. He studied clarinet,
violin, piano and harmony, and he
finished his saxophone studies at the
“Real Conservatorio Superior de
Música” in Madrid. After a long tour
around Lebanon, Greece, Turkey,
France and Germany, he established
his residence in Madrid, where he
played mainly in the W. Jazz Club
with his quartet. Tete Montoliu and with guest artists such as Donald Byrd,
Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz and Hampton Hawes with whom he recorded the
LP Pedro Iturralde Quartet Featuring Hampton Hawes (present BLUE NOTE
Through the performance of Andalusian thermes adapted to Jazz with his
quintet, he created the so-called Jazz-Flamenco style (1964-66), subsequently
adding flamenco guitar (Paco de Antequera and Paco de Algeciras) for the
recording of 2 LPs (currently on CD with the BLUE NOTE label) and for the
concert at the Berlin Jazz Festival (1967) and the recording of the LP Flamenco
Jazz with Paco de Lucía on the guitar.
He has performed in London with the European “All Star Big Band”, at the
Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels) with his quartet and at the Beklee Performance
Center in Boston with the “All Star Faculty Big Band”. Since 1965, he has
collaborated with the National Orchestra of Spain, conducted by Frühbeck de
Burgos, Sergiu Celibidache, López Cobos, E. García Asensio and Walter Weller
among others, touring Europe, Japan and the U.S.A. and performing most of the
orchestral saxophone repertoire. On his own initiative, the saxophone professor
chair was created at the RCSM in Madrid, which he assumed after taking a
competitive examination and the taught until his retirement in 1994.
He was awarded at the Competition for Jazz Composition of Monaco (1972 and
He won an award from the Ministry of Culture (1990) for the most outstanding
edition in the contribution to pedagogy; 324 escalas para la improvisación de
Jazz (324 scales for Jazz improvisation) (Ed. Opera Tres, Madrid).
In 1992, he received the Community of Madrid Award for his musical creation.
A homage-concert was held on his 65 birthday, organised by the SGAE at the
Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Symphonic hall.