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Free Kennedy Center Concert Honors 2017 NEA Jazz Masters

On Monday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m., a free concert honoring the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters will take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. This year’s award recipients include vocalist and producer Dee Dee Bridgewater, author and educator Ira Gitler, bassist and composer Dave Holland, keyboardist and … Read More “Free Kennedy Center Concert Honors 2017 NEA Jazz Masters”

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Paquito D’Rivera: Paquito & Manzanero

Paquito & Manzanero is one of those tributes/collaborations that only seems long overdue once you’re listening to it; you may never have considered these two Latin music titans a natural match, but as the album’s 10 tracks play out, it makes perfect sense. Paquito D’Rivera, the Cuba-born clarinetist and alto/soprano saxophonist, has been one of … Read More “Paquito D’Rivera: Paquito & Manzanero”

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Paquito D’rivera & Quinteto Cimarrón: Aires Tropicales

This disc features works by Paquito D’Rivera as well as a variety of other Cuban composers; it testifies to the saxophonist/clarinetist’s ongoing love for the rich (and too often underappreciated) Cuban classical-music tradition. He is complemented by Quinteto Cimarrón, a string quintet consisting of Cuban expats now living in Spain. The music here, though recognizably … Read More “Paquito D’rivera & Quinteto Cimarrón: Aires Tropicales”

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Paquito D’Rivera: Jazz Meets the Classics

Though well known as a marvelous soloist in Latin- and mainstream-jazz contexts, Paquito D’Rivera also has an extensive background in classical and traditional Cuban music. This new release celebrates his abilities in all these worlds. It features fine arrangements of classical and/or Afro-Cuban pieces that provide ideal opportunities to spotlight D’Rivera’s capabilities on clarinet and … Read More “Paquito D’Rivera: Jazz Meets the Classics”

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My Sax Life by Paquito D’Rivera

If you are soft on Communism and Fidel Castro, you won’t be after reading this autobiography. While D’Rivera’s denunciation of these two evils isn’t the main theme of the book, it permeates everything and leaves an indelible impression. D’Rivera—Cuban native, child prodigy, alto saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, author, practical joker, upbraiding letter-writer—endured 21 years of Castro’s … Read MoreMy Sax Life by Paquito D’Rivera”

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JVC Jazz Festival Live Review: Paquito D’Rivera, Michel Camilo, Gato Barbieri, Eliane Elias, and the Fort Apache Band

It isn’t every day that five major jazz artists appear on one stage in the context of a single show. And it definitely isn’t every day that a jazz concert is presented based on a film—if it has ever happened at all. On Sunday night, June 24th, one lucky audience experienced both when the JVC … Read More “JVC Jazz Festival Live Review: Paquito D’Rivera, Michel Camilo, Gato Barbieri, Eliane Elias, and the Fort Apache Band”

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