December 7, 2009 – For the third year in a row, Paquito D’Rivera has been voted by DownBeat Magazine Reader’s Poll the Best Clarinetist. Now on the cover of DownBeat magazine, December issue, D’Rivera is interviewed on his impact on the development of jazz thinking.
December 2, 2009 – "Jazz-claZZ" with D’Rivera and special guest Trio Clarone with Sabine Meyer, Reiner Wehle, Wolfgang Myer album release on Timba Records, has just been nominated in two categories for the GRAMMYS.
Field 21 — Composing/Arranging, Category 84 – Best Instrumental Composition
Borat In Syracuse
Paquito D’Rivera, composer (Paquito D’Rivera Quintet)
Track from: Jazz-Clazz
Field 28 – Classical, Category 107 – Best Classical Crossover Album
(listed twice in this category)
Paquito D’Rivera Quintet (Trio Clarone)
Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs Of Joy And Peace
Yo-Yo Ma (Odair Assad, Sergio Assad, Chris Botti, Dave Brubeck, Matt Brubeck, John Clayton, Paquito d’Rivera, Renée Fleming, Diana Krall, Alison Krauss, Natalie McMaster, Edgar Meyer, Cristina Pato, Joshua Redman, Jake Shimabukuro, Silk Road Ensemble, James Taylor, Chris Thile, Wu Tong, Alon Yavnai & Amelia Zirin-Brown)
On November 3, the Champions of Jazz benefit and WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM honor Paquito D’Rivera and Downbeat Magazine. This year marks the 30th anniversary of broadcasting and the Champions of Jazz benefit. The event will be celebrated at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City.
The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra will be the featured entertainer this year, and Freddy Cole and Stefon Harris are some of the guest entertainers, and D’Rivera will of course want to play with everybody. In addition, Lester Holt, Anchor of TODAY and the NBC Nightly News, weekend editions, will be our master of ceremonies.
Downbeat Magazine, in the spirit of this celebration, will feature D’Rivera on the cover of their December issue, along with an interview discussing this and other important events in our jazz community.
On October 26th Paquito D’Rivera will be awarded the Medal of Honor from the National Arts Club in New York, NY. NAC, one of the oldest private arts club in the country, have included such illustrious members as three past presidents, literary figures, composers, musicians, and painters. A portrait of Mr. D’Rivera will be unveiled.
In Lenox, MA on Sept. 4, Paquito D’Rivera’s Quintet and guests amazed Tanglewood Jazz Festival attendees with the new "Conversations with Cachao", "Fiddle Dream", and fun sambas and tangos. Read more at the Berkshire Eagle.
Review by Jazz.com about "Conversations with Cachao" by D’Rivera and unique take on the new work.