Paquito D’Rivera, iconic Cuban American virtuoso of the clarinet and saxophone, composer and fourteen-time Grammy winner in both jazz and classical categories brings his unique blend of a global sensitivity to the Jazz Forum. He is the winner of fourteen Grammy Awards, is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer. His widespread and eclectic musical tastes include Afro-Cuban rhythms and melodies, influences encountered in his many travels, and back to his classical origins.
Born in Havana, Cuba, he was a prodigy on clarinet, performing at age 10 with the National Theater Orchestra. By 17, he became a featured soloist with Cuban National Symphony. From there, he skyrocketed into a career that often has him labeled a “living legend.” Paquito D’Rivera’s discography includes over 30 solo albums and he is the first artist to win Latin Grammy Awards in both Classical and Latin Jazz categories.
Paquito D'Rivera Quintet will perform at the Jazz Forum featuring Diego Urcola, trumpet/flugelhorn, Alex Brown, piano, Hamish Smith, acoustic bass and Eric Doob, drums. See the Paquito D'Rivera Quintet play at the Jazz Forum in Tarrytown, NY!