Paquito D’Rivera Quintet with special guests Federico Britos, violin and Nestor Torres, flute

Miami Downtown Jazz Festival

Paquito D’Rivera Quintet with special guests Federico Britos, violin and Nestor Torres, flute

Bayfront Park Amphitheater, 301 N Biscayne Blvd.

Sat. 2/25/17 – 9:45 PM

Paquito D’Rivera defies categorization. The winner of thirteen GRAMMY Awards, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer. He is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award 2005 and the National Medal of the Arts 2005, as well as the Living Jazz Legend Award from the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. in 2007.

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Born in Havana, Cuba, he performed at age 10 with the National Theater Orchestra, studied at the Havana Conservatory of Music and, at 17, became a featured soloist with the Cuban National Symphony.

He co-founded the Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna and was co-director of Irakere, a highly popular ensemble whose explosive mixture of jazz, rock, classical, and traditional Cuban music had never before been heard. In 1981, while on tour in Spain, D’Rivera sought asylum in the United States embassy. Since then he has toured the world with his ensembles — the Paquito D’Rivera Big Band, the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet, and the Chamber Jazz Ensemble.

He serves as artistic director of jazz programming at the New Jersey Chamber Music Society and is artistic director of the Festival Internacional de Jazz en el Tambo (Punta del Este, Uruguay) and the Duke Ellington Festival in Washington, DC. His memoir, My Sax Life, was released in 2005. His latest recordings are the GRAMMY® Award-winning Song for Maura 2013 and the Jazz Meets the Classic in 2014.

Federico Britos has been the winner of several Grammy awards for his work with Charlie Haden, Bebo Valdés and Israel Lopez “Cachao”, is regarded as a titan of the violin. He has also performed with jazz legends like Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole, Dexter Gordon, Charlie Byrd and many others. He has played with some of Latin America´s greatest musicians, such as Astor Piazzolla, Joao Gilberto, Vinicius de Moraes, and Juan Luis Guerra among others.

Standing on the shoulders of flute giants from worlds as diverse as Rampal & Galway in Classical Music; Richard Egues’ Cuban Charanga style; rocker Ian Anderson’s Jethro Tull; Herbie Mann and – most influential of all – Hubert Laws as pioneers of Jazz Flute, Latin Grammy Award winning Nestor Torres’ rhythmic and mellifluous flute sound remains apart in a class all by itself. His 14 recordings as a soloist; 4 Latin Grammy© nominations, one Grammy nomination and one Latin Grammy© Award; collaborations with diverse artists such as Gloria Estefan, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mathews, Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente, Michel Camilo, Paquito D’ Rivera and Arturo Sandoval; as well as performances with the Cleveland, Singapore, and New World Symphony Orchestras among many others, are testament to the remarkable journey of an Artist who continues to grow and enrich the lives of those who experience his talents.

 

Paquito D’Rivera—saxophone and clarinet

Diego Urcola—trumpet and trombone

Oscar Stagnaro—bass

Alex Brown—piano

Mark Walker—drums

Pernell Saturnino—percussion

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Federico Britos–violin

For over half of Century, Federico’s career has expanded through continents embarking on many voyages. Born in Uruguay, Federico Britos began playing violin at the age of five. His talents grew as such that he came to serve as principal chair, soloist, and ultimately, Concertmaster with some of the finest symphony orchestras of Uruguay, Venezuela, Peru, Cuba and South Florida.

Federico has toured extensively throughout the Americas and Europe. As a composer, Federico has written and recorded many works for orchestras, chamber ensembles, ballet and dance, as well as composing works for TV and theater.

Winner of several Grammy awards for his work with Charlie Haden, Bebo Valdes and Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Federico Britos is regarded as a titan of the violin. He has also performed with jazz legends like Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole, Dexter Gordon, Charlie Byrd and many others. Also, with some of Latin America´s greatest musicians, such as Astor Piazzolla, Joao Gilberto, Vinicius de Moraes, Zitarrosa, Bola de Nieve, Jose Antonio Mendez, Luis Miguel, Luis Pasquet, Juan Luis Guerra among others.

Nestor Torres–flute

Standing on the shoulders of flute giants from worlds as diverse as Rampal & Galway in Classical Music; Richard Egues’ Cuban Charanga style; rocker Ian Anderson’s Jethro Tull; Herbie Mann and – most influential of all – Hubert Laws as pioneers of Jazz Flute, Latin Grammy Award winning Nestor Torres’ rhythmic and mellifluous flute sound remains apart in a class all by itself. His 14 recordings as a soloist; 4 Latin Grammy nominations, one Grammy nomination and one Latin Grammy Award; collaborations with diverse artists such as Gloria Estefan, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mathews, Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente, Michael Camilo, Paquito D’ Rivera and Arturo Sandoval.