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Luis Perdomo: A Bandleader Made, Not Born

“It just feels right” to emerge as leader, says the pianist

Luis Perdomo
Luis Perdomo

Although pianist and composer Luis Perdomo has already released several critically acclaimed discs under his own name, he has until now chosen not to focus on his work as a leader. Instead, he was content with making invaluable contributions to others’ ensembles-especially those led by Ravi Coltrane and Miguel Zenón.

Perdomo, who was recognized as a child prodigy in his native Venezuela before moving to New York to attend Manhattan School on a full scholarship, says that concentrating on being a great sideman freed him from the often-frustrating logistical responsibilities associated with fronting a group: No checks or travel arrangements to worry about, no difficult personalities to manage. Besides, he didn’t much care for being in the spotlight, anyway.

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