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September 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm EDT


Durán studied at Conservatorio “Amadeo Roldán” Amadeo Roldan Music Institute in Havana, studying tumbao with Evaristo Aparicio, composition and conducting from German Pifferrer, and orchestration from Guillermo Barreto. He formed a group in the 1970s called Los D’Siempre, which melded traditional Cuban elements with those of modern jazz. He joined Arturo Sandoval‘s band from 1981 to 1990. He also worked with Dizzy Gillespie‘s United Nation Orchestra and Michel Legrand. He formed a new group, Perspectiva, in 1990, and toured Central America and Europe. From 1995 he worked as a solo artist in Toronto, Canada, and has collaborated over the course of his career with Tata GüinesChanguitoHoracio “El Negro” HernandezJorge ReyesRoberto OcchipintiLarry CramerJohn PatitucciMichael BreckerRegina CarterDave ValentinJuan Pablo TorresJohn BenitezDafnis PrietoHugh MarshCarlos “Patato” ValdésLenny AndradeQuartetto GelatoJane Bunnett and the Gryphon Trio. Duran was nominated for Juno Awards in 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2007, winning in 2005 for New Danzon.


Roberto Occhipinti

Bassist Roberto Occhipinti was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on March 25, 1955. He comes from a prominent musical family that includes two guitarists: younger brother Michael and cousin David. Michael Occhipinti is a well-known sideman and co-founder of NOJO — the Neufeld-Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra.

Mark Kelso

Originally hailing from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Canadian drummer Mark Kelso has made Toronto, Canada his home for quite some time. Not only is he a skilled musician who plays drums and percussion, but he is also a singer, producer, composer and band leader as well.


September 30
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm