TAIPEI -- A series of jazz concerts featuring world-renowned Latin jazz musicians from the United States and Cuba will be held Aug. 17-Sept. 10 at the National Concert Hall in Taipei.
This is the 8th year that the National Theater and Concert Hall (NTCH) is holding the event, and all the musicians involved play an important role in the development of jazz music worldwide, said one of the organizers.
Saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera, who has won nine Grammy awards, will lead his group, the Paquito D'Rivera Quintet, in the opening performance of the event.
“Sixty-two-year-old D'Rivera and 69-year-old Chucho Valdes are from Cuba. They brought Latin jazz to America and added important elements to American jazz,” Taiwanese musician Stacey Wei said Tuesday.
Wei, who has studied jazz in New York for several years, also said one of his teachers was a student of D'Rivera and described him as “not only the best saxophonist but also a prominent clarinetist in the modern jazz world.”
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