Song for Maura Wins Best Latin Jazz Album at Latin GRAMMYs

15th Latin GRAMMYs

On November 20, 2014 at the 15th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, Paquito D’Rivera and Trio Corrente’s album Song for Maura won the Best Latin Jazz Album in category #31. The album tied for the GRAMMY with Chick Corea’s album The Vigil, which also won.

This is the first album Paquito D’Rivera has done with Trio Corrente. The Brazilian trio members are Fabio Torres (pianist), Paulo Paulelli (bassist), and Edu Ribeiro (drummer).

"…one of the Brazilian musical groups that most impressed me has been the marvelous Trio Corrente from Sao Paulo. … Our CD collaboration is my best homage to Brazil and at the same time, a love song to the memory of the beautiful Maura, my mother…" Paquito D’Rivera

The Latin GRAMMY Awards took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and were broadcasted on the Univision Network.

This is a second GRAMMY for the album, having previously been awarded the Best Latin Jazz Album at the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards on January 27, 2014.

Song for Maura

New Release August 5: Jazz Meets the Classics

Jazz Meet the Classics Cover

Jazz Meets the Classics. Release date: August 5, 2014, Paquito D’Rivera Sextet, Sunnyside Records/Paquito Records.

Hear Two Sample Tracks


The border between classical and jazz music has always been a fluid one, with composers from each camp finding inspiration on both sides of the divide.

The Grammy Award winning woodwind master Paquito D’Rivera has a long history with classical music. As a young boy, he was introduced to a wide variety of music, from Mozart to Ellington, by his classical saxophone playing father in Cuba. On his new recording – Jazz Meets the Classics, D’Rivera and his wonderful ensemble have recorded intriguing arrangements of the classical repertoire of legendary composers, including Chopin, Beethoven and Mozart, for a jazz sextet.

For the recording, D’Rivera assembled a sextet of his regular collaborators, all astonishing musicians in their own right: trumpeter/trombonist Diego Urcola, pianist Alex Brown, bassist Oscar Stagnaro, percussionist Arturo Stable, and drummer Mark Walker. Special guest pianist Pepe Rivero was also featured on two arrangements of Chopin and an original piece that he wrote for the ensemble.

An invigorating blend of influences that have made Paquito D’Rivera the musician he is today inform the music on Jazz Meets the Classics. The mixture of jazz, classical and Afro-Latin traditions into a cohesive whole is wonderfully executed by the leader and his phenomenal sextet.

The ensemble convened and recorded the album live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York City on June 14, 2012. Produced by Paquito Records, distributed by Sunnyside Records.

Available from iTunes and other fine vendors. Read more information about the album.

Preview of Jazz Meets the Classics CD Tour

Jazz Meets the Classics CD Cover

Lucky audiences in New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, Washington’s DC Jazz Festival, Madrid’s Teatro del Canal, and Boston’s Regatta Bar, were the fortunate few to hear the upcoming new album “Jazz Meets the Classics” being released August 5, 2014.

The new recording features Paquito’s Sextet and promises to wow the audiences. Here are a few reactions from the fans and the latest reviews.

Blog Reviews

On his new recording – Jazz Meets the Classics, D’Rivera and his wonderful ensemble have recorded intriguing arrangements of the classical repertoire of legendary composers, including Chopin, Beethoven and Mozart, for a jazz sextet.
Latin Jazz Network

Who would have thought that classical music could sound so explosive arranged in the key of jazz, blues and dixieland.
Bourbon Street Online Review

The realm of classical music and jazz is not something separate for Paquito, since childhood he was familiar with both.
Warta Jazz Review

Blog review of Regatta performance in Boston “Jazz Multiplied By Classical Equals A Great Show”
Suze Reviews the Blues

Paquito would weave in the straight, full sound of a “classical style” with the loose, be-bopping energy of a “New Orleans style” seamlessly.
Kind of Pink and Purple

Song for Maura Wins “Best Latin Jazz Album” GRAMMY

Picture - Song for Maura GroupOn January 27, 2014, Paquito D’Rivera and Trio Corrente’s new album “Song For Maura” won the “Best Latin Jazz Album” at the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards. Trio Corrente members Fabio Torres (pianist), Paulo Paulelli (bassist) and Edu Ribeiro (drummer), accepted in person the GRAMMY award on the GRAMMY pre-telecast broadcast through GRAMMY Live.

The 56th GRAMMY® Awards aired on January 26, 2014, on CBS television stations and via webcast GRAMMY Live.

Read more about Song for Maura which includes Paquito’s note about his collaboration with Trio Corrente and names of the album tracks.

Song for Maura is available through iTunes and through other fine vendors.

Song for Maura

Paquito D’Rivera and the Assad Brothers Latin GRAMMY Nomination

The Latin GRAMMY® Awards, on Sept. 25, has announced this year’s nominees which includes Paquito’s recent recording with the Assad Brothers.

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The nomination is for the “Best Instrumental Album” category for the album Dances From the New World with Sergio and Odair Assad.

The 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards will air on November 21, broadcasting from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV, broadcast live on the Univision Network from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT (7:00 p.m. Central).