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Live Review

Paquito D’Rivera Quintet at the Regattabar

Read "Paquito D’Rivera Quintet at the Regattabar" reviewed by Nat Seelen

Paquito D'Rivera Quintet Regattabar Cambridge, MA October 19, 2018 For over four decades, Paquito D'Rivera has been an institution in the global music scene. Flitting between jazz, latin, and classical music since he was a boy studying at the Havana Conservatory of Music, he's logged thousands of miles, more than fifty albums as leader, and fourteen GRAMMY awards (He's won in both the Latin Jazz and Classical categories. In the same year. ...


Live Review

Paquito D'Rivera at Mount Vernon Country Club

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Paquito D'Rivera Mount Vernon Country Club Golden, Colorado February 27, 2015 Jazz. Pass it on. That was a big part of what happened Friday night at the Mount Vernon Country Club in the foothills west of jny: Denver. National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master and multiple Grammy winner Paquito D'Rivera led an ensemble of primarily college students in an evening of Latin jazz. The groove was solid, the song selection impeccable and ...



Paquito D'Rivera: Jazz at the Heart

Read "Paquito D'Rivera: Jazz at the Heart" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

There is almost nothing Paquito D'Rivera hasn't accomplished since his arrival on the U.S. jazz scene in the early 1980s, when the young Cuban arrived from Spain--the first spot he hid when he defected from his home nation and its Communist rule that denied personal freedoms and forced musicians playing jazz to call it something else in order to avoid punishment.It was in Madrid that he bided his time until he could make it to New York City, ...


Album Review

Paquito D'Rivera: Tango Jazz: Live at Lincoln Center

Read "Tango Jazz: Live at Lincoln Center" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

One of the greatest love affairs in music is the one between folk music and dance. This extremely covert relationship has spilled over into contemporary music as well--more so in musical excursions in Europe (where even Igor Stravinsky sang its praises with compositions of his own) and in Latin America. One of the most beloved of all these affairs is the storied one of the tango: a voluptuous one between characters born in countries as far removed as Finland, Spain ...


New York Beat

The New Paquito D'Rivera

Read "The New Paquito D'Rivera" reviewed by Nick Catalano

Several years ago I attended a performance at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola starring Paquito D'Rivera and a new ensemble that he had organized dubbed the Panamericana orchestra. It was a notable evening and I was very enthusiastic about the music and eagerly wrote about it in New York Beat.I had had some history with D'Rivera starting in the early '80s soon after he had defected from Cuba. He had arrived in New York with his alto sax blazing multi-noted ...



Paquito D'Rivera: Jack of All Trades

Read "Paquito D'Rivera: Jack of All Trades" reviewed by Marcia Hillman

Paquito D'Rivera, Cuban-born alto saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, bandleader and author is a “jack of all trades" and master of all.

He is a winner of several Grammys and other prestigious awards, has recorded over 30 albums as a leader and is constantly working. He took time out to speak with All About Jazz. All About Jazz: With the exception of your early life in Cuba, your career has involved a lot of traveling all over ...


Album Review

Paquito D'Rivera Quntet?: Funk Tango

Read "Funk Tango" reviewed by Joel Roberts

The question mark at the end of the group's name above isn't a mistake. It's Paquito D'Rivera's way of signaling that listeners shouldn't expect to hear just a traditional jazz quintet on his consistently excellent and continually surprising Funk Tango. Instead, the Cuban-born multi-instrumentalist leads an ever-shifting international ensemble that adds and subtracts members based on the needs of the material, expanding, for example, to a septet with two extra percussionists for a spirited Latin bop take on Coltrane's “Giant ...


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