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Michel Camilo Trio Latino at Blue Note

Tuesday June 30, 10:30 pm

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An event every day that begins at 10:30 pm, repeating until Tuesday June 30, 2020

An event every day that begins at 10:30 pm, repeating until Tuesday June 30, 2020

$30 – $45

Michel Camilo is a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He studied for 13 years at the National Conservatory, and at the age of 16 became a member of the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic (NSODR). He moved to New York in 1979, where he studied at Mannes College and at The Juilliard School.

A pianist with a brilliant technique and a composer who flavors his tunes with Caribbean rhythms and jazz harmonies, his composition Why Not! titled an album by Paquito D’Rivera , and the Manhattan Transfer won a Grammy Award (1983) with its vocal version of the piece. Mr. Camilo titled his own debut album Why Not! And followed it with Suntan/Michel Camilo In Trio. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1985 with his trio and toured Europe that same year.

Back in Santo Domingo, he conducted the NSODR in a classical program that included his own Emmy Award-winning The Goodwill Games Theme. He was also musical director of the Dominican Republic’s Heineken Jazz Festival, a post he held until 1992. His first three albums, Michel Camilo, On Fire, and On the Other Hand reached the top of the nationwide radio play charts.

Since then his recordings on various labels have included Rendezvous, One More Once, Thru My Eyes, and Spain-Michel Camilo & Tomatito. As a composer, pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque and Dizzy Gillespie have recorded Mr. Camilo’s Caribe. The Labèques premiered Rhapsody for Two Pianos and Orchestra, a commission by the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Michel composed the score for the award winning European film Amo Tu Cama Rica, and for Los Peores Años de Nuestra Vida and Two Much. Mr. Camilo has been a featured soloist, arranger and composer with the Danish Radio Big Band, and he toured as part of a three-piano ensemble with the Labèque sisters. He has appeared as soloist with the Atlanta Symphony; Cleveland Orchestra; National Symphony Orchestra (NSO); Copenhagen Philharmonic; BBC Symphony Orchestra; National Symphony Orchestra (Dominican Republic), the Puerto Rico, Queens; Gran Canaria Philharmonic, Murcia, Málaga, RTVE, and Barcelona (Spain) symphonies; and the Carnegie Hall Big Band. The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) selected him as co-artistic director (with Leonard Slatkin) of the first Latin-Caribbean Music Festival at the Kennedy Center, where he also performed with his Trio and his Big Band and had the world premiere of his Concerto for Piano & Orchestra, commissioned by the NSO and conducted by Leonard Slatkin.

In March 2002, TELARC released Triangulo his Grammy nominated Jazz Trio recording. In August 2003, TELARC released Michel Camilo – Live at the Blue Note his first live album. Among his awards is the Knight of the Heraldic Order of Christopher Columbus and the Silver Cross of the Order of Duarte, Sanchez & Mella from the Dominican Government. The Duke Ellington School of the Arts created the Michel Camilo Piano Scholarship, which is offered to a piano student selected by the music faculty. Berklee College of Music awarded Mr. Camilo an Honorary Doctorate in Music.


Tuesday June 30
8:00 pm
10:30 pm
$30 – $45
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Blue Note
131 W 3rd St
New York, NY 10012 United States
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