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NYC Premiere: Michel Camilo “Three + Three”
Michel Camilo - Piano/Leader
Cliff Almond - Drums
Lincoln Goines - Bass
Michael Mossman - Trumpet
Ralph Bowen - Sax
Conrad Herwig - Trombone

"The crowd was on their feet grooving to his classics and new arrangements including “See You Later”, “Sammy Walked In”, “My Secret Place”, “Hello and Goodbye”, “Repercussions”, and “Caribe”.” JazzTimes

Grammy award-winning pianist and composer Michel Camilo brings his new formation for the first time to the Blue Note New York. The band name “Three + Three” comes from the combination of the core Trio unit with a three-member horn section. The music expands from the Latin and Afro-Caribbean rhythms to the harmonies of the jazz tradition and funk elements, blending personal acoustic voices with fiercely contemporary energy. A well-rounded, effortlessly grooving repertoire which excites both body and mind.“Three + Three” features a myriad of styles, textures and rich harmonies together with an inspired exuberant positivism that cuts a signature sound through the soul of Michel Camilo’s music.

Michel Camilo was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; he studied for 13 years at the National Conservatory earning a degree of “Professorship in Music” and at the age of 16 became a member of the National Symphony Orchestra of his country. He moved to New York in 1979 where he continued his studies at Mannes and Juilliard School of Music. Since his 1985 Carnegie Hall debut, he has become a prominent figure performing regularly at festivals throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, Asia, Middle East, South America and the Caribbean.

His 21 recordings to date have been recognized with a Grammy award, an Emmy award, three Latin Grammy awards, two Grammy award nominations and two Premios de la Música (Spain). He has recorded in solo, duo, trio, sextet, big band and with symphony orchestras, as well as film soundtracks. He moves with ease between the worlds of jazz, Latin and classical music.

Highlights of his career include his two-year appointment as jazz creative director chair of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, his participation at the 55th anniversary celebration of the Newport Jazz Festival, a five-year tenure as musical director of the Heineken Jazz Festival (Dominican Republic) and president of the jury at the Montreux Jazz Solo Piano competition. Other highlights include jury member at the Jacksonville Great American Jazz Piano competition; feature in the award-winning Latin Jazz documentary film Calle 54; JazzWeek Artist of the Year; artist-in-residence at the Klavier Piano Festival Ruhr; voted among the Top 10 Jazz Pianists of the Year at the 69th annual DownBeat magazine readers poll; a three-year Herb Alpert visiting professorship at Berklee College of Music; Meet the Composer and NYSCA composition grants; co-artistic director of the first Latin-Caribbean Music Festival at the Kennedy Center performing the world premiere of his Concerto for Piano & Orchestra No. 1 with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin (commissioned by the NSO); and his Rhapsody for Two Pianos and Orchestra (commissioned by the Philharmonia) performed by Katia & Marielle Labèque at the Royal Festival Hall. On March 13 and 14, 2009, Camilo performed the world premiere of his Concerto for Piano & Orchestra No. 2 - Tenerife (commissioned by the Tenerife Auditorium) as guest soloist with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lü Jiá.

His latest album Michel Camilo – What’s Up? (OKeh Records/Sony Music) won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. The year 2013 included festival and concert performances at the Klavier Ruhr, Umbria Jazz, North Sea Jazz, Luxembourg, Alicante, Malta, Vilnius, Santo Domingo, Santiago, Izmir, Sofia, Bern, Istanbul, Antalya, SFJazz and Newport. Camilo performed Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm Variations and Rhapsody in Blue with the Galicia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin. He had a two-week engagement with his big band at the Blue Note Jazz Clubs in New York and Tokyo. He was also invited by the Evergreen Symphony (Taiwan), Antalya State Symphony (Turkey) and Tenerife Symphony (Canary Islands).

In 2014 Michel Camilo appeared as guest soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Duisburg Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Calabria Philharmonic and Musikkollegium Winterthur Symphony; concerts with the Luxembourg and Danish Radio Big Bands; duo with Tomatito in France, Italy, Dominican Republic, Korea and Japan; duo with Hiromi in Italy and Japan; Michel Camilo Trio in Mexico, Spain, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Serbia and Italy; as well as Solo Piano recitals in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland; “Three + Three” performed the New Year’s countdown concerts at the Blue Note Tokyo. Michel Camilo is one of the three pianists prominently featured in the upcoming documentary film Playing Lecuona to be premiered in 2015.

Camilo’s honors include honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music (Boston), Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Ureña and UTESA University of Santiago, as well as an honorary professorship and honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and the Crystal Apple from the mayor of the City of New York. The Dominican Government awarded him its highest civilian honors, the Silver Great Cross of the Order of Duarte, Sanchez & Mella, Cultural Personality award and Knight of the Heraldic Order of Christopher Columbus.


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