Jazz great Paquito D’Rivera performs at Wilton Library
There will be a Latin flavor to the next Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room concert as the Paquito D’Rivera Ensemble takes the stage at Wilton Library on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Winner of fourteen Grammy Awards in both jazz and classical categories, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer and performer.
D’Rivera’s appearance coincides with the library’s Wilton Reads selection of Carlos Eire’s Waiting for Snow in Havana and its Cuban programming.
Born in Havana, D’Rivera performed at age 10 with the National Theater Orchestra and by age 17 was a featured clarinet and saxophone soloist with the Cuban National Symphony. He was a founding member of the innovative Grammy-winning musical ensemble Irakere and the United Nation Orchestra, a 15-piece ensemble organized by Dizzy Gillespie to showcase the fusion of Latin and Caribbean influences with jazz.
D’Rivera has recorded more than 30 solo albums and has garnered numerous awards including the National Medal of the Arts, the Living Jazz Legend Award from the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Carnegie Hall for his contribution to Latin music.
He also is the author of three books – My Sax Life, Letters to Yeyito, and a novel, Oh, La Habana. The first two have been translated into English and will be available for purchase and signing after the concert.
Saturday night’s performance with The Paquito D’Rivera Ensemble includes Cesar Orozco on piano, Zach Brown on contrabass, and Arturo Stable on percussion, in addition to D’Rivera performing on clarinet and saxophone.
An informal reception follows the concert where D’Rivera’s CDs and books will be available for purchase. The suggested donation for the concert is $10. Advance registration is strongly recommended by visiting www.wiltonlibrary.org or calling 203-762-6334.