Steve barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Thu Oct 14 16:07:17 PDT 2004

You just never know what OKOM inspires. Check out this upcoming program at
Carnegie Hall. Paquito D'Rivera is a giant of jazz for those who may never
have heard him, and testament to how far "The Spanish Tinge" has come in
jazz since the days of Jelly Roll Morton.

Tito and Luis, this program will be worth a trip to the Big Apple.

Steve Barbone

To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: JAZZ PROMO SERVICES - Oct 14, 2004
Press Contact: JIM EIGO, jazzpromo at earthlink.net

Pat Phillips
520 East 81st Street
New York, NY 10028 
212- 744-8836
fax 212-628-4186   
Patmusic2 at aol.com

"50 Years and 10 Nights of Show Business" CARNEGIE HALL ­ January 10th

With Bebo Valdes, Yo-Yo Ma, Michel Camilo, Rosa Passos, Las Hermanas
Marquez, Dave Samuels & Andy Narell, The New York Voices, Claudio Roditi,
Romero Lubambo, Brenda Feliciano, Pablo Ziegler, The Youth Orchestra of the
Americas and more !

PAQUITO D¹RIVERA is celebrating "50 Years and 10 Nights" of show business at
CARNEGIE HALL on January 10th with a star-studded program packed with his
musical friends !

It was in 1953 in Cuba where Paquito was born, that a beautiful curved
soprano sax arrived at his home, a gift from his Dad, Tito, which became the
best gift his father ever gave him.  By the following year, at age 6,
Paquito had made his debut at a party celebrating the end of the academic
year at his school ­ performing the Habanera,³Tu², written by the Cuban
Composer Eduardo Sanchez.  The rest is history!

In Cuba, his Dad's business, while he was himself a musician, was selling
instruments, books, and musical accessories in the heart of Havana where he
made many friends.  It was not unusual for the young Paquito to see  Cachao,
Arturo "Chico" O¹Farrill, Bebo Valdes, Chocolate Armenteros, Ernesto
LecuonaŠand many more visiting, all of which influenced him greatly.  In his
tiny office, his father had big RCA phonographs and textbooks from the
conservatory of Paris which helped initiate Paquito¹s style in elements of
the French school created by Marcel Mule.

But it was the 1938 recording of Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall with Lionel
Hampton, Gene Krupa, Harry James, Teddy Wilson etc. that made the young
Paquito long to come to New York.  His Dad also exposed him to other various
styles and composers and then started getting him on radio and TV shows,
into theatres and nightclubs.  Paquito was probably the "smallest
saxophonist in the world" !

"50 Years and 10 Nights of Show Business" ­ A TRIBUTE to PAQUITO D¹RIVERA is
presented by The FUJITSU JAZZ FESTIVAL and Produced by Pat Philips and
Ettore Stratta.  Many great artists from Paquito¹s musical life will
surround him at his 'party' at Carnegie Hall including Legendary Cuban
Pianist  Bebo Valdes, Superstar Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Dominican Jazz Pianist
Michel Camilo, Brazilian Vocal songstress Rosa Passos, Extraordinary Vibist
Dave Samuels with Andy Narell on steelpan, Vocal ensemble The New York
Voices, Top Brazilian trumpeter Claudio Roditi, Brazilian guitar virtuoso
Romero Lubambo, Argentine Piano master Pablo Ziegler,

Dancer Manuel Amargo, las Hemanas Marques, soprano Brenda Feliciano, The
Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and Conductors Pablo Zinger and Tania Leon.

His Band is comprised of Alon Yavni on piano, Bassists Oscar Stagnaro and
Sergio Brandao, Mark Walker on drums, and Pernell Saturnino on percussion.

Paquito, in his endearing and humorous way, will be your Host, telling
stories and performing with most of the above mentioned.  He will weave in
and out of the various styles of music he has been associated with from
Jazz, Latin Jazz, Brazilian music, Tango, Classical, and Pop (Gershwin)
showing his improvisational skills all the way.  This night will rebound
with fabulous music, humor, stories,  rhythms of Latin America and Jazz, and
just pure joy for a very deserved and celebrated musician.

He is one of the most beloved artists in our business, a young man who rose
out of Cuban isolation and made his way to America to find "music" and found
"musical stardom" and the world waiting for his talent as saxist,
clarinetist, composer, arranger, conductor.  He has performed the world over
with a who's who in music and continues to do so.  An admirer of Astor
Piazzolla, Paco de Lucia, the lyricist Jose Antonio Mendez, and the music of
Antonio Carlos JobimŠtaste is reflected in all his work as is his rhythmic
abilities and improvisational skillsŠa true all around musical genius.

Carnegie Hall will be jumping, swaying, and swooning from the celebration of
PAQUITO D'RIVERA on January 10th at the great hall, Carnegie Hall. He has it
all and is ready to 'show off' upon this milestone of his career. Be there!

Additional Sponsors:  CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, The Buckingham Hotel at 57th
Street and 6th Avenue, Media sponsors WBGO 88.3fm,  & The Village Voice

Carnegie Hall 
57th Street and 7th Avenue
Tickets at Carnegie Hall Box office
Or Carnegie Charge at 212 247-7800

Note:  Paquito's autobiography "My Sax Life" will be coming out this spring
on Northwestern University Press.                                

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