Friends of MacPhail Performance

Twin Cities Jazz Festival – Masterclass with Paquito D’Rivera

Date: Fri Jun 23 2023

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Room: Antonello Hall

Location: Minneapolis

Join us in Antonello Hall for a masterclass with World Renowned, Grammy Award winning Jazz Artist, Paquito D’Rivera. This event is free and open to the public.

Paquito D’Rivera has won a combined 11 Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards (5 Grammy and 9 Latin Grammys). He is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer.

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. As a founding member of the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna, he directed that group for two years, while at the same time playing both the clarinet and saxophone with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. He eventually went on to premiere several works by notable Cuban composers with the same orchestra. Additionally, he was a founding member and co-director of the innovative musical ensemble Irakere. With its explosive mixture of jazz, rock, classical and traditional Cuban music never before heard, Irakere toured extensively throughout America and Europe, received several GRAMMY nominations (1979, 1980), and a GRAMMY (1979).

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