Ali Bello's early career was guided by the most prominent figures of Venezuelan music including the great José Antonio Abreu. To further develop his career, Alí moved from Caracas to New York where he ventured into new explorations of improvisational music and other styles. Thanks to a combination of his training and Latin background, he quickly became a regular performer among big names of the New York music spotlight, stretching his credits and talents beyond the realm of classical music, including jazz, pop, R&B, Middle Eastern, flamenco, and especially the many styles of South American music – erasing the boundaries between classical, jazz, and folkloric genres.
He has collaborated and performed with Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Paquito D’Rivera as well as being a regular member of the well-known groups Típica ’73, Orquestra Broadway, and Johnny Pacheco’s Band. He has recorded and collaborated with groups of great tradition such as Fajardo y sus Estrellas and Africando as well as modern fusion bands like Alfredo Naranjo y El Guajeo, La Clave Secreta, and Los Jóvenes del Barrio.
Ali's presence on the music scene reaches far beyond Afro-Latin rhythms. He has become a sultry sound in tango, regularly performing with Grammy winner bandoneonist Raul Jaurena and collaborating scores with flamenco guitarist Pedro Cortés. His repertoire stretches even more to include gypsy jazz and American folk music, as a member of Doc Severinsen’s touring band. He has also infused his playing into the popular rhythms of R&B, performing live with The Roots, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z. He has arranged dance beats with Grammy winner producer Louie Vega and percussionist Luisito Quintero, as well as recording with award winner groups Aventura and Don Omar. His violin has backed up singers including Mercedes Sosa, Susana Baca, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and Cheo Feliciano among others, as well as being featured as a soloist by the Birdland Big Band and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
His own sextet, The Latin Jazz Liaisons, is currently working on his new musical concept, The Sweet Wire Project – a blend of music styles including all his multicultural collaborations.