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Dafnis Prieto

From Santa Clara, Cuba, Dafnis Prieto’s revolutionary drumming techniques and compositions have had a powerful impact on the Latin and Jazz music scene, nationally and internationally. Various awards include a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship, Up & Coming Musician of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association in 2006, a GRAMMY nomination for Absolute Quintet as Best Latin Jazz Album, and a Latin GRAMMY nomination for Best New Artist in 2007. Also a gifted educator, Prieto has conducted master classes, clinics, and workshops throughout the world. He was a faculty member of Jazz Studies at NYU from 2005 to 2014, and in 2015 became a faculty member at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Since his arrival to New York in 1999, Prieto has worked in bands led by Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Eddie Palmieri, Chico and Arturo O’Farrill, Dave Samuels and The Caribbean Jazz Project, Jane Bunnett, D.D

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[Long] Live (at) the Jazz Standard! - Companion Mixtape

Read "[Long] Live (at) the Jazz Standard! - Companion Mixtape" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

There was so much great music recorded live at the Jazz Standard, that we could not possibly squeeze it all in our weekly radio show, so here's a bonus mixtape with another couple of hours of great memories from the celebrated venue, as part of our commemoration series. [Check out Part 1 and Part 2]

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[Long] Live (at) the Jazz Standard! - Part 2

Read "[Long] Live (at) the Jazz Standard! - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

We continue our celebration of the Jazz Standard, after the announcement of its untimely closure. The capacity to appeal to both the beginner and the long-time jazz fan, and to combine the familiar with the unfamiliar, were some of the many strengths of Seth Abramson's artistic direction. Through a number of concerts recorded live ...

Transparency

Label: Dafnison Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Amanecer Contigo; No Es Fácil; Uncerntradition; Con Alma; Cry With Me; On the Way; Feed the Lions; Nothing or Everything; Lazy Blues.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Dafnis Prieto: I'm a drummer because I love melody

Read "Dafnis Prieto: I'm a drummer because I love melody" reviewed by David Bixler

Composer and percussionist Dafnis Prieto's new recording Transparency features a front line of saxophonists Román Filiú and Peter Apfelbaum, along with Alex Norris on trumpet. In this episode of Liner Notes, Prieto speaks about his intentions behind this recording as well the fortunate timing that allowed him to capture the project immediately before the shutdown. This ...

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Today’s Latin Big Bands: Dafnis Prieto, Arturo O’Farrill, Miguel Zenon, David Murray, Antonio Adolpho and Bobby Sanabria

Read "Today’s Latin Big Bands: Dafnis Prieto, Arturo O’Farrill, Miguel Zenon, David Murray, Antonio Adolpho and Bobby Sanabria" reviewed by Russell Perry

Cuban influences have been heard in jazz since the 1940s. The 1960s brought significant Brazilian sounds into the music. Today, musicians from throughout Latin America are shaping the music, never more vibrantly than in large Latin ensembles. Latin Big Bands lead by Dafnis Prieto, Arturo O'Farrill, Miguel Zenon, David Murray, Arturo O'Farrill and Bobby Sanabria in ...

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Dafnis Prieto Sextet: Transparency

Read "Transparency" reviewed by John Chacona

In Cuban music, emotional grandeur and extravagant virtuosity is built on a foundation of inexhaustible rhythm. So, it's no surprise to find an abundance of juicy melodies and breathtaking drumming on Transparency from drummer and MacArthur “Genius" Fellow Dafnis Prieto. Yet for all the astonishing things he does behind the kit, what stands out ...

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Christian Sands, Gary Burton, Chris Cheek and More

Read "Christian Sands, Gary Burton, Chris Cheek and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

The young and electric pianist Christian Sands opens this week's edition of Neon Jazz. During the rest of the show we showcases new albums by Ricardo Grilli, Homero Alvarez and Dafnis Prieto. The talents of veteran cats is also included with the likes of Gary Burton, Edward Simon and Chris Cheek. Enjoy the show!

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Manuel Valera New Cuban Express Big Band: José Martí En Nueva York

Read "José Martí  En Nueva York" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Chi segue i protagonisti contemporanei del cosiddetto latin jazz conosce bene Manuel Valera. Nel 1995 il pianista ha lasciato la natia Havana per trasferirsi negli Stati Uniti, prima a Miami e poi a New York dove ha studiato alla New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Dal 2004 s'è progressivamente imposto come una figura artistica di ...

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Pacific Mambo Orchestra: The III Side

Read "The III Side" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pacific Mambo Orchestra—PMO, for short—has a lot to celebrate. With the calendar turning to 2020, this Grammy-winning Latin big band celebrated its 10th anniversary and the early January release of this potent third album. Inviting special guests, strings and part-time personnel to the party, PMO uses this opportunity to craft a spicy stew seasoned with Mambo, ...


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