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Michel Camilo

Michel Camilo
NEW YORK  •  Blue Note  •  30 October - 4 November 2018

Michel Camilo is a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He studied for 13 years at the National Conservatory, and at the age of 16 became a member of the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic (NSODR). He moved to New York in 1979, where he studied at Mannes College and at The Juilliard School.

A pianist with a brilliant technique and a composer who flavors his tunes with Caribbean rhythms and jazz harmonies, his composition Why Not! titled an album by Paquito D'Rivera , and the Manhattan Transfer won a Grammy Award (1983) with its vocal version of the piece. Mr. Camilo titled his own debut album Why Not! And followed it with Suntan/Michel Camilo In Trio. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1985 with his trio and toured Europe that same year.

Back in Santo Domingo, he conducted the NSODR in a classical program that included his own Emmy Award-winning The Goodwill Games Theme. He was also musical director of the Dominican Republic's Heineken Jazz Festival, a post he held until 1992. His first three albums, Michel Camilo, On Fire, and On the Other Hand reached the top of the nationwide radio play charts.

Since then his recordings on various labels have included Rendezvous, One More Once, Thru My Eyes, and Spain-Michel Camilo & Tomatito. As a composer, pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque and Dizzy Gillespie have recorded Mr. Camilo's Caribe. The Labèques premiered Rhapsody for Two Pianos and Orchestra, a commission by the Philharmonia Orchestra.

n March 2002, TELARC released Triangulo his Grammy nominated Jazz Trio recording. In August 2003, TELARC released Michel Camilo - Live at the Blue Note his first live album. Among his awards is the Knight of the Heraldic Order of Christopher Columbus and the Silver Cross of the Order of Duarte, Sanchez & Mella from the Dominican Government. The Duke Ellington School of the Arts created the Michel Camilo Piano Scholarship, which is offered to a piano student selected by the music faculty. Berklee College of Music awarded Mr. Camilo an Honorary Doctorate in Music.

Blue Note Jazz Club New York Website

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Contact: Blue Note Jazz Club
131 W 3rd Street
New York, NY 10012

Tel: (1) 212 475-8592

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