About the Artist
Paquito D’Rivera and Iridium cordially invite you to celebrate Paquito's 72nd birthday on Broadway all weekend long! The winner of fourteen Grammy Awards, Paquito D'Rivera defies categorization. With his explosive mixture of jazz, rock, classical and traditional Cuban music he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer. Listen for some new and not yet released music from Paquito’s upcoming album! Joining Paquito on stage for this very special weekend celebration will be Alex Brown - Piano, Diego Urcola - trumpet/valve trombone, Hamish Smith - Contrabass and Mark Walker - drums.
In addition to his extraordinary performing career as an instrumentalist, Mr. D’Rivera has rapidly gained a reputation as an accomplished composer. Mr. D’Rivera is the first artist to win Latin GRAMMYs in both Classical and Latin Jazz categories-- for Stravinsky’s Historia del Soldado (L'Histoire du Soldat) and Brazilian Dreams with New York Voices.
His numerous commissions include compositions for Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress, the National Symphony Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Ying String Quartet, the International Double Reed Society, Syracuse University, Montreal's Gerald Danovich Saxophone Quartet, and the Grant Park Music Festival. Paquito D’Rivera is the author of two books: My Sax Life, published by Northwestern University Press, and a novel, Oh, La Habana, published by MTeditores, Barcelona. The National Endowment for the Arts website affirms "he has become the consummate multinational ambassador, creating and promoting a cross-culture of music that moves effortlessly among jazz, Latin, and Mozart.”