Paquito D'Rivera

Paquito D’Rivera’s 70th Birthday Celebration

Benefit Concert to Support Students of Bronx Arts Ensemble
Sunday, January 28 at 2 PM

January 2, 2018 – Bronx, NY –  The Bronx Arts Ensemble (BAE) will celebrate the music and career of its good friend and collaborator Paquito D’Rivera with a concert featuring a kaleidoscope of the rhythms and moods of Latin American music. Winner of 14 Grammy Awards, a virtuoso on clarinet and saxophone, and a prolific composer, Paquito D’Rivera “has become the consummate multinational ambassador, creating and promoting a cross-culture of music that moves effortlessly among jazz, Latin and Mozart,” according to the National Endowment for the Arts. “For many years, Mr. D’Rivera has been performing in our concerts, bringing his many talents to people across the Bronx. We are so fortunate!” said Judith Insell, BAE’s Music Program Manager.

For the concert on Sunday, January 28, D’Rivera will be joined with his longtime collaborators Brenda Feliciano, vocals and Pablo Zinger, pianist/arranger. Music will include 19th-century Cuban danzas, Brazilian chorinhos, pieces by D’Rivera based on the rhythms of Venezuela, songs by Puerto Rican composer Jack Délano and Spanish-Catalán composer Xavier Montsalvatge, and Adiós Nonino, one of Nuevo Tango master Astor Piazzolla’s most beloved works.

The concert begins at 2 pm at Horace Mann School Recital Hall, 231 West 246th Street, Bronx and is a fundraiser for BAE. For details visit

The Bronx Arts Ensemble brings the power of the arts to neighborhoods across the Bronx through its live music and arts education programs. It presents over 50 live concerts annually to more than 35,000 people, featuring diverse cultures, including classical, Latin, Afro-Cuban and other world music. BAE’s arts education programs have served over 100,000 Bronx students since 1993 through multidisciplinary artist residencies during school hours, after-school, and through summer activities that culminate in original auditorium programs and in-school gallery exhibits.

Paquito D’Rivera
Born in Cuba, Mr. D’Rivera was founding member of the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna; Irakere, with which he toured throughout the US and Europe performing jazz, rock, classical and traditional Cuban music; the United Nation Orchestra, a 15-piece group organized by Dizzy Gillespie that showcased the fusion of Latin and Caribbean influences with jazz; and the Paquito D’Rivera Big Band and Paquito D’Rivera Quintet.

While D’Rivera’s discography reflects a dedication to jazz, bebop and Latin music, he is known in the world of classical music for solo performances with the London and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestras; National, Baltimore, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica National Symphonies; Simón Bolivar Orchestra and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. A prolific composer, he has received commissions from Jazz at Lincoln Center, Library of Congress, National Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Ying String Quartet and the Grant Park Music Festival.

His awards include the Carnegie Hall Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to Latin music, Guggenheim Fellowship in Composition, National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award, National Medal of the Arts, and the Kennedy Center’s Living Jazz Legend Award. D’Rivera is the first to win a Grammy in both the Classical and Latin Jazz categories.