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Jorge Luis Pacheco is one of the leading jazz musicians and pianists of a new generation of Cuban musicians. We are happy to welcome him back at ZigZag after his phenomenal sold-out concert in February, which was accompanied by features on Deutschlandfunk Kultur and other radio stations and followed by enthusiastic reviews!

Hailing from Havana, he is no only a fiery young pianist with “flying hands”, but also a singer and a composer. His music is a confluence of Cuban jazz, Cuban and Afro Cuban music, American jazz, and classical music with a measure of contemporary pop and soul.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 York ,as well as the Sziget Festival in the City of Budapest, Hungary or the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Israel.

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. Recently, Jorge performed at Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he also gave a Master class.
He has collaborated with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and the LLCO, Arturo O’Farrill, the legendary Lenny White as well as Dave Weckl and Richie Goods, The saxophonist Bill Evans and some of the most importante Cuban artist such as Alexander Abreu, Issac Delgado, Amadito Valdes and Tete Caturla (From Buena Vista Social Club) Leo Brower, Pablo Milanes, Ruy Lopez Nussa, Javier Salva among others. He also has a Master in Composition from the Instituto Superior de Arte de LA Habana (ISA). Furthermore, he is the winner of the Jazz Piano Solo Competition of the Montreux Jazz Festival.

This time Jorge plays in a quartet with bass and percussion: With Randolph Chacon Paz (Bass - Charanga Habanera/Gipsy Kings), Alexander Scull (Congas) and Bernardo Perez (Timbales) he is accompanied by three sensitive, experienced and grooving musicians from the very first league of Afro-Cuban music.

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