Band photo

Macuco Quintet

Allan Chase - alto, soprano, & baritone saxophones
Joel Springer - tenor & sopranino saxophones
Rick Stone - alto saxophone
Fernando Huergo - bass
Austin McMahon - drums & melodica



Sketch of a Macuco

Ma⋅cu⋅co (ma ku' ko)

1. a street in Sao Paulo, Brazil, named after
2. a South American bird.


Macuco Quintet is

based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was formed in
2014 by Joel Springer to play original compositions
& some by Hermeto Pascoal.

Macuco Quintet's music has been influenced by the
people, music, and nature of Brazil; 1970s modal jazz,
Haitian compas & Afro-Cuban music; composers Julius
Hemphill, Carla Bley, Sun Ra, and more.

Fernando photo

       Fernando Huergo was born in Córdoba, Argentina, but has resided in Boston for some twenty years. During his career, he has been featured on over one hundred albums, including nine as a leader.

       As a developer of the Argentinian chacarera into the jazz tradition, Huergo has recorded three highly original albums on which he acts as composer, bandleader and bassist: Jazz Argentino, Live at Regattabar and Provinciano. His band has featured saxophonists Chris Cheek and Andrew Rathbun, flutist Yulia Musayelyan, pianist Mika Pohjola and drummers Jeff Ballard and Franco Pinna.

       Huergo's other collaborators include Brazilians; pop-star Gilberto Gil, Grammy nominated vocalist Luciana Souza, and vocal legend Elis Regina's long-time pianist and arranger Cesar Camargo Mariano. He has worked with Argentinian chacarera great Raul Carnota, Chayanne and Sandra Mihanovich; guitarists Kurt Rosenwinkel and Ben Monder, saxophonists Mark Turner, David Sanchez and Miguel Zenon, drummers Paulo Braga, Portinho, Antonio Sanchez, Dave Weckl, Dafnis Prieto and Jorge Rossi. Additionally, he has performed with Guillermo Klein, Marta Gómez, Danilo Perez, Hendrick Meurkens, Dave Liebman, Dave Samuels, Joe Beck, Tom Harrell, Billy Pierce, George Garzone, Paquito D'Rivera, Kenny Werner, Mike Mainieri, John Riley, Mike Clark, Don Braden, Mike Stern, Don Byron, Horacio Hernandez, Romero Lubambo and Claudio Roditi.

       Fernando is a Professor at Berklee College of Music and a popular clinician.