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Paquito D’Rivera: saxophone legend
From establishing the legendary jazz-fusion group, Irakere, while growing up in Havana, to becoming one of the world’s most respected performers and composers, book your place at a future concert of a Cuban icon by grabbing your Paquito D’Rivera tickets now with StubHub.
From Havana to the world with Paquito D’Rivera
Born in the Cuban capital of Havana, D’Rivera grew up in a musical household: his father—who was a classical saxophonist and also sold instruments and jazz records—would constantly be playing at home. D’Rivera’s father would take his son to concerts at legendary Cuban clubs such as Tropicana to experience the thrill and vibrancy of live music. At the age of five, young Paquito began playing the saxophone and later perfected his craft at the Conservatory of Music in Havana, meeting Chucho Valdés of the Chucho Valdés Quintet there in 1960. After performing solos with the National Symphony of Orchestra, D’Rivera and Valdés founded the Orchestra Cubana de Musica Moderna and later the legendary jazz-fusion group, Irakere, in 1973, a band that has become an icon of Cuban music. Later, the saxophonist would leave Cuba due to political reasons and make a name for himself in Europe and North America as one of the leading instrumentalists in the world. To experience it for yourself, buy or sell your Paquito D’Rivera tickets here at StubHub today.
Defying genre barriers
D’Rivera’s career since leaving Cuba has seen him play with some of the world’s best ensembles at the biggest venues. He has performed as a guest soloist with everyone from the London Philharmonic Orchestra to the Simon Bolivar National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, and everywhere from New York City to New Zealand. While being one of the most skilled performers and composers in the areas of bebop, Latin, and classical music, he has developed a style that transcends genre barriers, as shown by the fact that he became the first ever artist to win a GRAMMY award in both the Latin jazz and Classical categories. His band, the Paquito D'Rivera Quintet, features some of the best jazz instrumentalists from both North and South America, and have also won GRAMMY awards with their incredible 2001 album ‘Live at the Blue Note’. Here at StubHub, you can book yourself at one of his upcoming concerts by buying your Paquito D'Rivera tickets or putting any extra or unwanted tickets up for sale right here today.
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