D’Rivera Honored at Seton Hall University

On December 16th, Paquito D’Rivera was honored "…for his illustrious artistry, extraordinary humanitarian efforts, and legendary commitment to better our global community, defend the rights of others, and bring joy through music to the world." The honor was presented at the Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute at Seton Hall University.

D’Rivera Wins 2008 Clarinet of the Year in Reader’s Poll

Downbeat Magazine, a publication dedicated to "jazz, blues and beyond" annually holds a Reader’s Poll to determine the best in jazz in several categories.  To hit the news stands in December 2008, Paquito D’Rivera has for the second year in a row, been elected "Clarinet of the Year" in 2008 by readers of Downbeat Magazine.  Early results can be viewed at BMI News with all the categories.

D’Rivera Honored with Creative Artist Image Award

On October 27, the New York City Comptroller, William C. Thompson, Jr., honored 5 New Yorkers at the Annual Latino Heritage and Culture Celebration.  Paquito
D’Rivera was one of five honorees recognized for "…outstanding contributions that Latino New Yorkers make to the life of our city…" and was joined by honorees Antonio Perez, President of Borough of Manhattan Community College; Glenis Henriquez, Director of external affairs with the New York City Department of Small Business Services; Susana Tubert, co-founder and executive director of the Latino International Theater; and Erasmo Ponce, founder and president of Tortilleria Chinantla, Inc.