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Luis Marin

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As a pianist, Luis is often recruited to record at different musical productions with well-known artists. His services are in demand by the biggest names in the Latin Music industry.

Luis has also shared the stage with Latin Piano Master Eddie Palmieri on various occasions, at Palmieri's own request on important concerts. In the Latin music genre to be acknowledged by Palmieri is considered a very high honor. Luis Marin had arrived!!

Pianist Luis Marin was born and raised in the city of Bayamón, he began studying the piano at age 7.

During 1984 he enrolled in Berklee College of Music where he began his studies under the program "Professional Music" remaining there until 1986. While living in Boston he had the opportunity to perform with different bands known throughout the city as pianist and arranger. These groups were known as Caribbean Express( nominated for a Grammy Award in 1987), Herman Johnson's Band (at Ryle's Jazz Club at Cambridge, Ma) and Jorge Arce Grupo Humano. Marin's work has been shared in productions for Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and the United States.

On 2003, Luis toured as pianist with the celebrated group "FANIA ALL STARS" . Luis has been part of important live presentations and recordings with artists such as Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Richie Ray, Papo Lucca y Sonora Ponceña, Juan Luis Guerra, Andy Montañez, Cheo Feliciano, Fiel a La Vega, Elvis Crespo,Tito Puente, Gilberto Santarosa, Rita Moreno, Mario Bauzá,Yuri Buenaventura, Cuto Soto Luis Garcia,Tony Vega, Humberto Ramirez, Mandy Vizoso, and Gilberto Monroig.

It was in the year of 1997, after various years playing as a side man, that the organizers of the PR Heineken JazzFest invited him to make his debut as a leader. Luis Marin New Jazz Group shared the stage that night with saxophonist Joe Lovano and guitarist George Benson.

It was at this successful presentation, in front of a hometown crowd, that he was given the chance to express his inner most feelings through his group, delighting the audience with an eclectic repertoire within the tradition of Latin jazz, becoming automatically a powerful force in this category. On 1999 he started the production of his first album as a soloist, “Inconsolable,” integrating majors influences in his style,and rendering a special tribute to one of Puerto Rico most special singer, Gilberto Monroig. On 2004 Luis released his 2nd album as soloist "Live at the Nuyorican Cafe", with great reviews.

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Luis Mar

Read "Luis Mar" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz

In Puerto Rico, Luis Marín is one of the leading popular music and jazz pianists. Since early childhood, he has been performing in public, which eventually led to his involvement with some of the most significant artists in salsa and jazz. He has been a freelancer for a while now, as he is very much involved in the family business, which precludes the of way of life required for success as a bandleader. Nevertheless, Marín keeps himself rather busy throughout ...

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Luis Mar: Live at the Nuyorican Caf

Read "Live at the Nuyorican Caf" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz

The Nuyorican Café, located in an alleyway in Old San Juan, is a smoky small venue with a centrally located generous bar and just the perfect ambiance for a gig with Luis MarÃ-n. It isn't the most acoustically correct place; yet, the live sound of this recording is largely unaffected. In this disk, MarÃ-n, who alongside pianists such as Eric Figueroa and José Lugo...as well as trombonist William Cepeda...is one of the most interesting and advanced musicians based in Puerto ...

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Luis Mar: Inconsolable

Read "Inconsolable" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz

In Inconsolable, singer Gilberto Monroig is reinterpreted through jazz by pianist Luis MarÃ-n. Monroig was a chain-smoking bohemian adept at various popular repertoires, although mostly dedicated to romantic fare throughout his career. On his way of becoming one of the most important Puerto Rican singers ever, he was even Tito Puente's vocalist for a couple of years after the departure of legendary singer Vicentico Valdés.

This rather unknown...although audacious recording...includes MarÃ-n's live performance of “Sollozo during the Puerto ...

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Luis Marin Live at the Nuyorican Cafe Re-Issued

Luis Marin Live at the Nuyorican Cafe Re-Issued

Source: All About Jazz

While influenced by note jazz greats, Marin has never forgotten his roots, and it is this flavorful combination, which has made him one of the island’s top Latin jazz pianists and sought-after session musicians. Overall, he’s truly admired by his peers and fans for his adventurous artistic expression, as well as his passion for perfection." --Ian Malinow, The San Juan Star

"In Puerto Rico, Luis Marin is one of the leading popular music and jazz pianists. Since early childhood, he has been performing in public, which eventually led to his involvement with some of the most significant artists in salsa and jazz." --Javier Antonio Quiñones, All About Jazz

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