The Paquito D Rivera Quintet:
Paquito defies categorization. The winner of fourteen GRAMMY® Awards, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and for 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, the jazz reedman has recorded more than 30 solo albums and founded many acclaimed ensembles dedicated to celebrating Latin music , including the Chamber Jazz Ensemble, the Paquito D’Rivera Big Band, and the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet who appear with him at the 2020 Moab Music Festival. While Paquito’s discography reflects a passion for jazz, bebop, and Latin music, his contributions to classical music are also significant. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras like the London Philharmonic, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. The Paquito D’Rivera Quintet consists of Paquito D’Rivera, clarinet, saxophone; Argentine trumpeter Diego Urcola, New Zealander Hamish Smith on bass, Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Alex Brown, and American jazz drummer Eric Doob. The ensemble was awarded the Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album for the album Live at the Blue Note.