Video: Jorge Luis Pacheco 'Silencio'

Published on: May 16th, 2020

Jorge Luis Pacheco performs his arrangement of "Silencio" -- a song written by Puerto Rican composer Rafael Hernández and made famous by Buena Vista Social Club -- at WWOZ's 2015 Piano Night at New Orleans' House of Blues.

Hailing from Havana, Cuba, Jorge Luis Pacheco is one of the leading pianists of the new generation of jazz in Cuba.Is a fiery young pianist with “flying hands.” He has performed all over the world including prominent jazz clubs such as Dizzy’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, theaters, and festivals such as the Blue Note Jazz Festival in New well as the Sziget Festival in the City of Budapest, Hungary.He also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington with his quartet and solo piano several times as well as the legendary Apollo Theater in where a lifetime achievement award was presented to Herbie Hancock. He has collaborated with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO, Arturo O’ Farrill and the Legendary Lenny White as well as with Dave Weckl and Richie Goods in trio format in 2018. Pacheco is a passionate,extravagant,exciting entertainer on stage and constantly captures the audience’s attention with his heartfelt performances and electric energy.Pacheco, JoJAzz Award 2007 in Havana, is also the winner of the "Audience Award" and the "Second Jury Award" at the International Jazz Piano Competition Montreux Switzerland in July 2014. In 2017, Pacheco won the best solo and performance award in the jazz contest “Made in New York” in New York City whit one of his on compositions.

He is a virtuoso pianist, composer, arranger, percussionist and singer. Monty Alexander exclaimed that he "defies genre" often playing Cuban jazz, traditional Cuban music, original Film scores, and a new Symphony for Jazz Quartet and Symphony Orquestra that he composed, which is inspired in the music of South America and Afro Cuban Music where Pacheco showed the audience a range of different sounds that were from the most classic performed by the Symphonic Orchestra to the most contemporary by the Jazz Quartet and where both joined to achieve a balance between both musical worlds.

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