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Al Duarte

Owner at Gold Man Records, CEO at Blue Agave Travel and Owner of Tejanos In Paradise Cruise, Austin Music Commisioner and Advisory Board Member at A.B Cantu Pan-American Recreation Center Community Advisory Board Austin, TX

Tejanos In Paradise Cruise

Alexander Duarte Jr. was born October 24, 1974. Al is a Jeweler, Entertainment Manager and Community Liaison. Growing up the oldest of two, Al always had big dreams. As a young entrepreneur, in 1999 he opened his own Jewelry store in his hometown Austin, Texas. A jeweler by trade, his work has been seen at the Grammy Awards through Los Lonely Boys. Following his passion for music, he now manages & promotes bands in Central Texas and currently works with Grammy Award winning artists. 

Working with many accomplished clients and businesses, his brand created (Al Duarte Management) has earned him a reputation as being a highly capable and an experienced administrative professional. Music editor in 2009 for U Monthly Magazine, Al quickly was seasoned to the industry standards and roles needed to elevate his career and publishing knowledge. Since March 2011 Al Duarte serves as an Advisory Board member for the A.B Cantu Pan-American Recreation Center, serving as a liaison between the city, the recreation center and the neighborhood to properly serve the community. Al is responsible for the infrastructure and production of the yearly community concerts (Summer Hillside Concert Series) presented to audiences of over 4,000 weekly.

With his instant access to music, arts and entertainment through grassroots marketing, Al Duarte developed a devoted following. Continuing in 2011 to establish an industry presence with the creation of Gold Man Records. Al Duarte has established a record label to handle a variety of music genres including Pop, R&B, Rap, Rhythm & Blues, Rock, Jazz, Latin Jazz and Funk. Gold Man Records is a new Independent Label Representing Texas’ finest musicians, bringing you music and shows that generate excitement.

Recognizing the need of a spark in the Tejano genre, Al Duarte is the CFO and an original founder and co-creator of Cruise Connection Live which owns The Tejano Legends Cruise. Creating the logo, designs and promotions personally the company has seen much success. Al’s company has been fortunate to have secured an amazing lineup of legendary Tejano artists year after year for guests to rub elbows with for 7 days on this luxurious, once in a lifetime vacation.

After understanding the needs of the community, audiences and businesses, Al continues to pursue greatness! Gaining the confidence of the City of Austin with nominations from city council, Al Duarte has been elected one of Austin’s Music Commissioners for 2015-2019. Still to date Al advises and consults on a wide variety of music business and economic development situations, actively making significant contributions to the community and marketing industry for local and national businesses.

Al Duarte currently represents talented musicians that provide great performances for any event. Managing artists that have recently shared the stage with such artist as ZZ-Top, Los Lonely Boys and Al Green… just to name a few. Representing national touring bands or solo projects with Grammy Award Winning Artists. 

"Through my commitment, experience and expertise, I have established a business relationship with my friends and customers that will last a lifetime." – Al Duarte Jr.