The 20th Anniversary of South Florida JAZZ kicks off with a VIP party for Platinum
"… Mr. D’Rivera, a gifted saxophonist and clarinetist, has become the man to call if you want a concert-hall presentation of Pan-Latin music. All in rich Carnegie Hall-style arrangements . . . Mr. D’Rivera is a formidable musician, and in his clarinet playing, with a lovely, clear low register and never a squeaked high note. He is at his best…" Ben Ratliff New York Times
Paquito D'Rivera's first recognition as a solo artist by NARAS (the Grammy Awards) came in 1996 with the highly acclaimed recording Portraits of Cuba. Since then, Mr. D’Rivera has received much recognition as an artist and composer, including two Grammy nominations for his most recent release, Jazz-ClaZZ. In all, Paquito has collected nine Grammy Awards and is the only artist to win Grammys in the Jazz, Latin Jazz and Classical music categories. Wynton Marsalis has also won Grammys in Jazz and Classical music. In 2005, he was named a National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master and a plethora of recognition awards in the jazz, Latin jazz, and classical realms. While best known to jazz enthusiasts for his manifest accomplishments in that genre, Paquito, equally at home with Monk and Mozart, has an impressive resume of solo appearances with symphony orchestras all over the world. He also has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, the University of Pennsylvania, and City University of New York Graduate Center.
The Paquito D’Rivera Quintet is a well-oiled musical machine that features Buenos Aires-born Diego Urcola on trumpet, flugelhorn and valve trombone. The fiery, yet, smooth-edged Diego has been with the band since 1991. Electric bassist Oscar Stagnaro has been with Paquito seemingly forever. He was born and educated in Peru and currently is a faculty member at Berklee College of Music as well as the New England Conservatory of Music. Versatile drummer Mark Walker hails from “Central America” (Chicago, Illinois!) and has been with Paquito since 1995. He is more comfortable with Latin rhythms than any other American drummer, but he can play any style well. Twenty-something pianist Alex Brown from New York by way of Maryland is the new addition with prodigious talent and with classical and jazz credentials. He is a budding star, whose name should be committed to memory now.
This performance is underwritten by a generous donation from Richard and Michelle Cabrera
Funding for South Florida JAZZ is provided in part by a grant from the Broward County Board of County
Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Division