Michel Camilo will be performing at the Blue Note Tuesday, May 8 – Sunday, May 13, 2007 ~ 8:00pm & 10:30pm. The piano giant’s upcoming April 2007 recording, Spirit of the Moment, features bassist Charles Flores and drummer Dafnis Prieto, and marks his return to the trio format after his critically acclaimed and award-winning Live at the Blue Note release (both on Telarc). From May 8 –13, Camilo will be joined by Flores and Prieto for a rare club appearance that will mark the first set of performances since the new album release on April 24.
In addition to compiling an extensive discography and maintaining a rigorous performance schedule, Camilo has composed and recorded a number of Spanish film scores over the years, and holds honorary degrees from his alma mater, Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, and UTESA University of Santiago, Dominican Republic (he’s the youngest person to ever receive the distinction from the latter school). In 1992, he was named a Knight of the Heraldic Order of Christopher Columbus by the Dominican Government.At the turn of the millennium, his 2000 Verve release, Spain, with guitarist Tomatito, won Best Latin Jazz Album in the first-ever Latin Grammy Awards. Camilo also performed in a trio concert in 2000 presented by the New Jersey Chamber Society with special guest Paquito D’Rivera.
In 2001, Camilo appeared on the soundtrack CD for the acclaimed Latin jazz film Calle 54, directed by the Oscar-winning Spaniard Fernando Trueba. In addition to his activities as a composer and pianist, Camilo lectured and performed at many universities and colleges throughout Europe and the United States—including New York University, Berklee School of Music, MIT, William Paterson College (in New Jersey) and Puerto Rico Conservatory.
2002 marked a special year for Camilo with two albums: Classical and Jazz. In February, Decca released his Concerto for Piano & Orchestra, Suite for Piano, Strings and Harp & Caribe, to celebrate his guest appearance with the NSO conducted by Leonard Slatkin at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
In March 2002, Telarc released Triángulo, Camilo’s Grammy Award nominee trio recording, which features bass guitarist Anthony Jackson and drummer Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez.
August 2003 marked the Telarc release of Live at the Blue Note, featuring Horacio "El Negro" Hernández on drums and Charles Flores on acoustic bass. This two-CD set captures the quintessential Camilo “sound” live for the first time and was awarded a GRAMMY for Best Latin Jazz Album.
Michel Camilo (piano), Charles Flores (bass), Dafnis Prieto (drums)
COST: $35 @ table / $20 @ bar
Author: World Music Central News Department
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