On December 18, Online ezine "All About Jazz", publishes interview with D’Rivera entitled "Paquito D’Rivera: Jack of All Trades".
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.
At this year’s Tanglewood Jazz Festival, the Boston Symphony announced Paquito D’Rivera will be performing on Sept. 4 in the evening. A three day festival held on Labor Day weekend, performances of the festival (Sept. 4 – 6) are to take place at Seiji Ozawa Hall on the Tanglewood grounds in Lenox, MA. Tickets go on sale Feb. 15 at 8:00 pm.
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.
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.