Thursday, October 16, 2008

Manuel Valera recital at the New School

In the early nineties and continuing up until today, there has been a steady stream of young Latino talent coming to the Jazz Mecca that is NY. Dafnis Prieto, Yosvanny Terry and a host of others have put places like the Jazz Gallery and the Jazz Standard on the map with their high energy Latin Jazz offerings. Manuel Valera is one of these young lions. I'm not sure if he's home grown or came to NY to make his mark, but make it he did. Here we find him at the New School for Social Research (one of NYs best kept secrets and free to the public) playing a recital for his advanced music degree. Helping him are such notables as Paquito D'Rivera and Ivan Renta. I chose two very diverse segments to show Mr. Valera's range.

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