Gonzalo Rubalcaba

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Gonzalo Rubalcaba at Umbria Jazz 2014

A virtuoso jazz pianist from Cuba, Gonzalo Rubalcaba’s mastery of polyrhythms and dense chord voicings appears effortless. Born in Havana in 1963, Rubalcaba comes from a very musical family; his father played piano and founded an important music school in the 1930s. Rubalcaba studied classical piano extensively during 1971-83, worked with Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna during 1982-84, toured France and Africa with the Orquesta Aragon in 1983, and played piano with Los Van Van during 1984-87. In 1985, he formed the Grupo Projecto and had an opportunity to jam with Dizzy Gillespie. Rubalcaba played the Havana Jazz Festival in a trio with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian in 1986, a turning point in his career. Haden sang his praises, helped arrange for the pianist to play at the Montreal and Montreux festivals, and recorded two albums with him that became available on Blue Note, Discovery and The Blessing. All of that attention resulted in Rubalcaba becoming well-known in the American jazz scene a few years before he was actually free to play in the U.S. During 1993-94 he made his first long-awaited American tour, performing with his quartet Cuarteto Cubano. He immigrated to South Florida in 1996. In addition to his own recordings for Blue Note, Gonzalo Rubalcaba has recorded with Charlie Haden, Bob Belden, Jane Bunnett’s Spirits of Havana, Ron Carter, Al Di Meola, Pat Martino, and Joe Lovano.

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Articles on Gonzalo Rubalcaba

10/22/12    Albums    By Fernando Gonzalez

XXI Century
Gonzalo Rubalcaba

01/04/12    Concerts    By Ashley Kahn

Umbria Jazz Winter Festival, December 2011

07/28/11    Albums    By Sharonne Cohen


Gonzalo Rubalcaba

07/28/11    Albums    By Sharonne Cohen


Gonzalo Rubalcaba

January/February 2010    Albums    By Josef Woodard

Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival
The Monterey Quartet

January/February 2010    Albums    By Josef Woodard

Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival
The Monterey Quartet

02/21/09    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Portland Jazz Festival

01/21/09    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Berlin Jazz Festival

March 2008    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

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Gonzalo Rubalcaba

December 2006    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

Sidetracked

April 2006    Albums    By Harvey Siders

Solo
Gonzalo Rubalcaba

April 2006    Albums    By Harvey Siders

Solo
Gonzalo Rubalcaba

January/February 2006    DVDs    By Larry Appelbaum

Rendezvous in New York
Chick Corea

07/12/05    Concerts    By Nate Chinen

Montreal International Jazz Festival 2005

December 2004    Albums    By Harvey Siders

Paseo
Gonzalo Rubalcaba

December 2004    Albums    By Harvey Siders

Paseo
Gonzalo Rubalcaba

October 2004    Albums    By David R. Adler

Land of the Sun
Charlie Haden with Gonzalo Rubalcaba

December 2001    Albums    By Jesse Varela

Supernova
Gonzalo Rubalcaba

September 2001    Albums    By Ron Wynn

Nocturne
Charlie Haden featuring Gonzalo Rubalcaba

06/10/01    Concerts    By Bill Bennett

Charlie Haden's Nocturne

December 1999    Albums    By Bill Bennett

Inner Voyage
Gonzalo Rubalcaba

May 1999    Albums    By Tom Terrell

Antiguo
Gonzalo Rubalcaba Cuban Quartet

June 1998    Albums    By Willard Jenkins

Flying Colors
Joe Lovano/Gonzalo Rubalcaba

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Antiguo

Blue Note Records
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Inner Voyage

Blue Note Records
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Supernova

Blue Note Records
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Paseo

Blue Note Records
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Land of the Sun

Verve
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Solo

Blue Note Records
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Nocturne

Verve
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Blue Note Records
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Flying Colors

Blue Note Records
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Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival

MJF Records
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