with the Brazosport Jazz Orchestra
April 25, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
“After so many years of working with music and musicians from Argentina, the USA, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Trinidad, Perú, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, I’m convinced that the best way to establish a common link between those music styles is through the jazz language.” Like his mentor Dizzy Gillespie, virtuoso clarinetist and saxophonist D’Rivera possesses a deep commitment to the cultural exchange between jazz and Latin music. Through composers like Ernesto Lecuona, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Rafael Hernandez, and Chucho Valdés (with whom D’Rivera worked with as a member of his ensemble Irakere in the 1970s), D’Rivera will delve into South American musical styles as sources for the enrichment of contemporary jazz music. A founding member of Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra, D’Rivera is also an 11-time GRAMMY® Award winner, NEA Jazz Master, and Carnegie Hall Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, who ranks among the likes of Benny Goodman and Sidney Bechet. D’Rivera will be joined by pianist Alex Brown, bassist Oscar Stegnaro, drummer Mark Walker, trombonist and trumpeter Diego Urcola, and percussionist Penel Saturtino, as well as a string ensemble.
D’Rivera with perform as a special guest soloist with the Brazosport Jazz Orchestra. Tickets for the concert are $35 adults, $30 seniors, $10 students and children.