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Leonardo Suarez Paz

Violinist Leonardo Suarez-Paz is among the most sought after musicians world-wide in the area of Argentinean Tango. He also remains one of the violinists of choice in the field of Jazz and classical music. Born in 1971 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Leonardo attended Juan Manuel de Falla Conservatory, while simultaneously studying with maestros Miguel A. Bertero, Saul Costentino and Patience Higgins of the Duke Ellington band. He subsequently performed with the main orchestras in Buenos Aires, including Estable del Teatro Colon.

From 1990 to 1997 Leonardo was engaged as a violin soloist with numerous international orchestras and companies. He toured with renowned tango composer Mariano Mores in 1989 and with Atilio Stampone in 1992 throughout Columbia, Spain & Japan. During four years, Leonardo toured as a violin soloist and tango dancer with a highly acclaimed Argentine Tango show TangoX2 in USA, France, Italy, Spain, England, Greece, Japan & Mexico. His other credits as a violin soloist include Luis Miguel's Latin American tour (1995), Julio Bocca's Ballet Argentino (1996) in Italy, Spain, Israel and Egypt, and Orquesta de Hioshinori Hioneyama (1997) in Japan.

In 1997, when Leonardo was contracted as a violin soloist in the Broadway's Forever Tango, he relocated permanently to New York. In 1999, he appeared in Broadway's Tango Argentino, thus becoming the only violinist who ever played in two Argentinean Tango Broadway shows as a soloist. While he continued to perform on Broadway, "Phantom of the Opera" and "Lion King," and in Lincoln Center with concerts of Astor Piazzolla's music, he intensively developed his career as a jazz musician and composer.

As a member of Cody Moffet's jazz ensemble Jambalaya in 1997, he appeared in The Blue Note, The Knitting Factory, and Justin's. He also played with and earned respect from the jazz greats, Stanley Jordan in the JVC Jazz Festival at Wetlands and Justin's, a renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter at Sweet Basil and Birdland, and with the Sugar Hill Quartet in Harlem. In 2002, in Birdland, he appeared with Cuartetango in a double feature with Jim Hall's trio. At the time, Leonardo and Omar Edwards, a tap dancer from Broadway's "Bring in da noise, bring in da funk", created a Jazz band Jubalee and performed with their original jazz compositions in New York Jazz clubs and on television. In 1999 Leonardo appeared in the JVC Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall and in Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy with a concert entitled "Tango Passion & Swing." His jazz credits also include performing and writing an arrangement for Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orquestra.

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Album Review

Leonardo Suarez Paz and Fernando Suarez Paz: Escualo

Read "Escualo" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Leonardo Suarez Paz is surely now the torchbearer of Argentine Tango and the legacy of its greatest composer, Astor Piazzolla. His father Fernando Suarez Paz, of course, played with Piazzolla for many years and father and son have often performed his and works by other composers of tango. It is our fortune that Suarez Paz hijo has persuaded Suarez Paz padre out of retirement, if only one more time. Both father and son respect tango as a living ...


Libertango - The art and music of Leonardo Suarez Paz

Read "Libertango - The art and music of Leonardo Suarez Paz" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Argentinean violinist-composer Leonardo Suarez Paz personifies the tango. Both a dance and a music, Tango bridles with passion and seethes with a barely suppressed sexual tension. “To bridle" is the correct verb here with its dual connotations of intense emotion and constraint. It is far from the braggadocio of immature machismo and speaks instead to a mature sexuality. Few other musics, if any, move so comfortably on the dance floor or stand so proudly on the concert stage.

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"Leonardo possesses a unique spirit and is a virtuoso extraordinaire on the violin... the spirit of the age inhabits him. By this I mean he is a citizen of the world, a modern man in the truest sense. In fact he shows us how easily we can communicate across cultures if the desire and effort are there." —Wynton Marsalis

"I admire Leonardo's creativity in crossing the borders and combining tango and jazz. He is a truly international artist. We had great fun playing in Birdland!" —Jim Hall



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