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Hilario Durán Big Band with special guest Paquito D’Rivera

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Grammy Award-winning sax master Paquito D’Rivera joined internationally renowned pianist and arranger Hilario Durán with his big band of 20 stellar Latin jazz artists. The concert took place on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at the magnificent Koerner Hall, Royal Conservatory of Music, in Toronto, Canada. Hilario Durán is one of the world’s most innovative creators of Afro-Cuban music and he’s at the forefront of Latin jazz. On Saturday night he didn’t dissapoint his audience. It was an electrifying show captured on images through the lens of Atael Weissman.

Photos by Atael Weissman

Atael Weissman’s main occupation is as an engineering consultant. Born, raised and educated in one of the former Soviet Union republics, which is now Latvia. He lived in Israel and now in Canada, for the last 28 years. Photography and jazz music have been his main hobbies for many years -perfect combination.

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Stefano Bollani Trio At Koerner Hall

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Stefano Bollano Trio

TD Jazz · The Art of the Trio Concert Series

The Royal Conservatory of Music featured the Stefano Bollani Trio & the Roberto Occhipinti Trio on the evening of November 18, 2016, at the magnificent Koerner Hall in Toronto. This was the second concert in the series celebrating the trio, which is one of the most enduring formats in jazz. As every concert on this series, one international artist (Bollani) and one Canadian trio (Occhipinti) were presented on the same evening.

Stefano Bollano Trio

Roberto Occhipinti, one of Canada’s premier bassists, a five-time Juno Award nominated musician who is equally at home playing classical music as well as jazz and world music, opened the concert, joined by a powerful duo of Cuban-American artists, pianist Manuel Valera and percussionist Dafnis Prieto. They opened their set with a fitting tribute to pianist Keith Jarrett entitled ‘Umbria’, and continued with several songs (‘Dom de Iludir’, ‘Que Bolá’) from Roberto’s new album Stabilimento.

Stefano Bollani was joined by Jesper Bodilsen on bass and Morten Lund on drums. A great entertainer with a contagious sense of humour, Bollani is the embodiment of artistic elegance and true showmanship. A charismatic leader who conducts his musicians (in this case a trio) with flair and exuding energy, Bollani plays the piano as a river flows on a quiet valley. His musical ideas are like a continuous lyrical flow that touches the audiences with a full range of emotions.

Photos of Stefano Bollani Trio by Atael Weissman (click to enlarge)
Photos of Roberto Occhipinti Trio by Atael Weissman (click to enlarge)
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