[JPL] Cuban Pianist Manuel Valera Performs This Thursday At Miles Jazz Cafe NYC

Tom Tallitsch modernjazzradioshow at gmail.com
Mon Apr 4 00:31:16 EDT 2011

This Thursday 4/7 Cuban Pianist Manuel Valera will be performing with The
Tom Tallitsch Quartet at Miles Jazz Cafe in New York City.

Miles Jazz Cafe NYC <http://www.milescafe.com/ny/>
<http://www.milescafe.com/ny/>Thursday, April 7th
212 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022-6201
(212) 371-7657
Subway: Lexington Av/53 St

Tom Tallitsch - Saxophones <http://www.tomtallitsch.com>
Manuel Valera - Piano <http://www.manuelvalera.com/>
Peter Brendler - Bass <http://www.peterbrendler.com/home.html>
David Ashkenazy - Drums <http://www.davidashkenazy.com/live/>

Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger, Manuel Valera is in the
forefront of contemporary modern jazz. He represents the next generation of
great performers and composers. His sound is fresh, inviting and evocative,
and his goal is to forge innovative sounds that bring a vitality and newness
to the idioms of jazz and Latin jazz. He is constantly workshopping musical
ideas to develop new composition and arranging techniques that bring
together Cuban, Puerto Rican, Brazilian and various jazz styles and forms.

His musical training started at an early age at Havana’s Manuel Saumell
Conservatory where he originally studied classical saxophone. It wasn’t
until emigrating to the United States in December 1994 when Valera switched
to the piano. He began composing in 2000 while enrolled in the jazz program
at the New School in New York where he studied, among others, with Reggie
Workman, George Garzone, Jane Ira Bloom, Gerard D’Angelo and Richie Bierach.

In late October 2003, just two days after his 23rd birthday, Valera recorded
his debut and critically acclaimed cd, “Forma Nueva”--a modern jazz cd of
contemporary originals featuring bassist John Patitucci, drummers Horacio
“El Negro” Hernandez, Bill Stewart and Seamus Blake on saxophones. “Forma
Nueva” received nationwide radio airplay and garnered strong reviews in the
jazz and music press Billboard, Jazztimes, Jazziz, All Music Guide and Latin
Beat among others. The following year, he recorded a second project entitled
“Historia” for Fresh Sounds New Talent featuring Ben Street (bass) and
Antonio Sanchez (drums) as well as Seamus Blake (sax) on two tracks.

His latest recording “Melancolia,” released in March 2006 featuring Antonio
Sánchez (drums), Ben Street (bass), Seamus Blake (sax), Luisito Quintero
(perc) and a string quartet, is a special project that fuses classical
concepts with world and Latin rhythms in the jazz idiom.

Tom Tallitsch is a NYC Jazz Tenor and Soprano Saxophonist with two of his 3
albums on Origin/OA2 Records. He lives in NYC, plays in NY and Philadelphia,
tousr throughout the east coast and U.S, and hosts a weekly Jazz Radio Show
out of Trenton, NJ. Tom has had feature articles in Downbeat Magazine,
JazzTimes, JazzReview.Com, AllAboutJazz, The Village Voice, and other
regional and national print media.  In 2010 his album 'Perspective' rose to
#27 on The Jazzweek US radio charts..  Some of the musicians that he has
performed with in NY and Philly are Jared Gold, David Ashkenazy, Mark
Ferber, Manuel Valera, Mark Mollica, John Swana, Jarret Cherner, Duane
Eubanks, Peter Brendler, Matt Jorgensen, Thomas Marriott, Joe Martin,
Daisuke Abe, Ziv Ravitz, etc.

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