Paquito D'Rivera Quintet — Alfredo Rodríguez & Pedrito Martinez Duo

Mar 8

8:00 PM

Friday, March 8, 2019

Enjoy a night of Latin jazz featuring two generations of Cuban masters. In his Symphony Center debut, 14-time Grammy® Award-winning clarinetist and saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera, a co-founder of the landmark ensemble Irakere, performs with his masterful quintet. 

World-class Afro-Cuban hand percussionist Alfredo Rodríguez and Pedrito Martinez, a classically trained pianist and protégé of producer Quincy Jones, form a lively duo, exploring Cuban dance through a modern jazz lens.

Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez will sign CDs following the performance.


This concert is part of the 10th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival, a series of jazz performances in the city and suburbs in support of hunger relief efforts by Care For Real and Catholic Charities. Please make a donation in the lobby on the concert night. Donate $25 or more and you will be entered in a drawing to win a 5-concert subscription to the 2019/20 Symphony Center Presents Jazz series!

To be announced from stage.


Paquito D'Rivera Quintet
Paquito D'Rivera clarinet and saxophone
Diego Urcola trumpet and valve trombone
Alex Brown piano
Oscar Stagnaro bass
Mark Walker drums

Alfredo Rodríguez & Pedrito Martinez Duo
Alfredo Rodríguez piano
Pedrito Martinez drums

Though best known as a master of Latin jazz, Paquito D'Rivera straddles many musical worlds, including classical. A composer as well as a legendary instrumentalist, D'Rivera received the 2007 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition and has written commissions for leading orchestras. "Whether playing Bach or post-bop," one critic once observed, "D'Rivera's mastery of the instruments and his expressive capability is unquestionable." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

Pianist Alfredo Rodríguez and percussionist-vocalist Pedrito Martinez blend their affinities and differences; the Cuban musicians express a deep connection to African-derived rhythms but their music is also about including ideas from around the world. Their contrasting experiences help inform a shared globalist perspective: Rodríguez trained in Havana’s prestigious classical conservatory system, while Martinez grew up playing in that city’s streets.  Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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Funding for educational programs during the 2018/19 SCP Jazz season has been generously provided by Dan J. Epstein, Judy Guitelman and the Dan J. Epstein Family Foundation

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.