Toronto JazzFest Featured Artist: Hilario Durán And His Latin Jazz Big Band

Hilario Duran Latin Jazz Big Band

“Hilario Durán is an unparalleled pianist, as well as being a composer and arranger of the first order... one of the greatest Cuban pianists of the 20th century”. — Chucho Valdés Hilario Duran And His Latin Jazz Big Band will perform a free concert at the Toronto Star Stage at Nathan Phillips Square on Thursday, June 27 at 12:30 pm. Cuban Canadian Pianist, Composer, … [Read more...]

Jane Bunnett & Hilario Durán – Cuban Rhapsody

Cuban Rhapsody

Both reeds and woodwinds maestro Jane Bunnett and piano virtuoso Hilario Durán have released enormously successful albums lately. Bunnett made Embracing Voices (EMI, 2009) with the celebrated Cuban a capela choir, Grupo Vocal Desandann. Durán recorded a masterful trio record, Motion (Alma Records, 2010) with bassist, Roberto Occhipinti and drummer Mark Kelso. The two musicians … [Read more...]

Jane Bunnett & Hilario Durán: Cuban Rhapsody

Hilario Durán and Jane Bunnett team up for duet album Hilario Duran and Jane Bunnett will be releasing their new album, "Cuban Rhapsody" on June 7 in Canada and the US. When two of the most acclaimed modern explorers of Cuban music combine their prodigious talents on the music they love, musical magic happens. That is demonstrated in truly enchanting fashion on Rhapsody … [Read more...]

JJA Announces Musical Lineup For Awards

May 3, New York City-- Pianist Randy Weston headlines the artist lineup and tickets are now on sale at for the 15th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards gala, to be held on Saturday, June 11, from 1 pm to 5 pm EDT at City Winery, 155 Varick St. at Vandam in New York City. Besides Weston, trumpeter Wallace Roney's sextet, Canadian … [Read more...]

Hilario Durán Trio: Motion

Hilario Duran Trio - Motion

In his much-anticipated follow-up to the Grammy-nominated and Juno Award-winning Latin Big Band recording, From The Heart (Alma Records, 2008) the piano master, Hilario Durán brings together a power trio comprising bassist, Roberto Occhipinti and drummer, Mark Kelso. In the process he has created Motion, a memorable, new canvas of sound, unveiled through a palette of vivid … [Read more...]