City Planner: Monday 11/27
Paquito D'Rivera @ Dakota
: "Paquito D'Rivera was the fiery saxophonist in Irakere, the phenomenal big band that reanimated the bond between bebop and Afro-Cuban music in the 1980s (other members included Chucho Valdes and Arturo Sandoval). An anti-Castro immigrant from Havana, his stateside career has been a piquant mix of jazz, classical, and Latin flavors in both large- and small-ensemble configurations. Like Dizzy Gillespie, D'Rivera enjoys careening momentum with lots of brio, but also has a less heralded quiet side. Alongside trumpeter Diego Urcola, his alto saxophone and clarinet galvanize the room with their mix of beauty and excitement. The rhythm section of drummer Mark Walker and bassist Oscar Stagnaro have been with him long enough to mesh his love of European classicism and south-of-the-border flare. A six-time Grammy winner, novelist, and writer of a ribald autobiography, D'Rivera sometimes mistakenly thinks his between-song patter is as entertaining as his music. But when he and his band get down to business, their distinct fusion is bold, witty, and versatile enough to render moot any quibbles about the hammy emcee side of his persona."
$35 at 7:00 p.m.; $28 at 9:00 p.m.
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