Presenting The Music of Billy Strayhorn: Paquito D’Rivera & John di Martino Trio on October 26

This Friday, October 26, 14-time Grammy Award-winning Cuban music legend and multi reed artist Paquito D’Rivera teams up with dynamic pianist John di Martino and his trio (Yoshi Waki, bass; Mark Taylor, drums), presenting an evening of the music of Billy Strayhorn.

Paquito D’Rivera defies categorization. The winner of fourteen Grammy Awards, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer. Born in Havana, Cuba, his numerous recordings include more than 30 solo albums. His discography reflects a dedication and enthusiasm for Jazz, Bebop and Latin music, as well as classical music, with collaborations with artists like Yo-Yo Ma.

He is the recipient of the NEA Jazz Masters Award 2005 and the National Medal of the Arts 2005, as well as the Living Jazz Legend Award from the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. in 2007. The National Endowment for the Arts website affirms “he has become the consummate multinational ambassador, creating and promoting a cross-culture of music that moves effortlessly among jazz, Latin, and Mozart.”

John di Martino is a jazz pianist, arranger and producer, based in New York City.  He has been described as a “shape-shifter”, for his creativity across musical genres. John has performed and recorded  with David “Fat Head” Newman,  Pat Martino, Houston Person and Taj Mahal. Grammy nominated many times, di Martino is the favorite of some of the world’s finest singers, musicians and producers. You can see the John di Martino trio perform here.

Along with John di Martino trio, D’Rivera and di Martino will present an evening of the music of jazz legend Billy Strayhorn. Strayhorn was an American jazz composer, pianist, lyricist, and arranger, best known for his successful collaboration with bandleader and composer Duke Ellington. As David Hadju says, “Billy Strayhorn is best known for his 28-year collaborative role as Duke Ellington’s ‘writing and arranging companion,’ he has emerged in recent years as an even more meritorious force in shaping the jazz canon.”

Tickets are $25/$20 members & students/FREE for teens. Tickets can be purchased at www.flushingtownhall.orgor by calling (718) 463-7700 x222.

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