Hailing from Havana, Cuba, Jorge Luis Pacheco is a fiery young pianist with “flying hands.” 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. He also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington with his quartet and solo piano as well as the legendary Apollo Theater in where a lifetime achievement award was be presented to Herbie Hancock. He has collaborated with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO and Arturo O’ Farrill. Pacheco is a passionate,extravagant,exciting entertainer on stage and constantly captures the audience’s attention with his heartfelt performances and electric energy.
He is a virtuoso pianist, composer, arranger, percussionist and vocalist. Monty Alexander exclaimed that he “defies genre” often playing Cuban jazz, traditional Cuban music, original documentary scores, and a new Piano symphony called “Andino” that he composed, which was inspired in the music of South America . Cab Calloway’s daughter Cabella Calloway was one of those audience members who instantly became a fan and producer. His new album recorded in the United States with her sponsorship will be released in 2016.
Jorge Luis Pacheco, is one of the leading pianists of the new generation of jazz Cuba.
He was a First Prize Winner of the International Contest for Young Jazz Musicians (Jojazz_2007). He is a Pianist, percussionist, composer and musical director. He studied piano and percussion at the music school “Alejandro García It Caturla “later graduated percussionist in the conservatory “Amadeo Roldán” and worked as a professor at the conservatory “Guillermo Thomas “. Currently he in his last year of studies in composition at the prestigious Institute of Superior arts in Cuba.
In October 2010, Pacheco performed as a guest pianist Lincoln Jazz Band Center in New York who runs the world-renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s visit to Cuba. He has participated in concerts and festivals in Cuba, Germany, Spain, Italy, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Switzerland, Mexico and the USA.
He has shared the stage with musicians such as Chucho Valdés, Gonzalito Rubalcaba, Bobby Carcacés, Leo Brouwer, Javier Zalba, Horacio”el negro”Hernandez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Armando Gola, Orlando Sanchez, Pablo Milanes, Haydee Milanes, Guido López Gavilan, Harold Lopez Nusa, Amadito Valdes, Teté Caturla (these two are past members of the Buena Vista Social Club), Alexander Abreu, Issac Delgado, Miguel Zenon, Stanley Clark, Arturo O’ Farrill, Robert Sund, Rolando Luna and others. In 2011, he toured the United States for the first time with Soneros De Verdad in the midst of which he performed in New York as a special guest of the famous musician Arturo O’ Farrill and his Jazz Band at Birdland.
In 2010, Pacheco recorded his album called Pacheco’s Blues in the Abdala Studios along with his quartet with Chucho Valdes and producer Joaquín Betancourt as advisors. Beatriz Márquez, a famous Cuban singer also recorded a duet called “Silencio” with Jorge Luis Pacheco. Pacheco has composed works for solo piano, saxophone, piano, cello, classical and popular percussion, string orchestra, jazz quartet, and symphony orchestras.
In February 2013, Pacheco won the Best Jazz Project Award in Cuba.The same year he received the Best Video clip Award in the Cubadisco Festival 2013 in the jazz category for the song ” Negrita Mia” which he wrote and recorded in his album ” Pacheco’s Blues”
In 2014, Jorge Luis Pacheco traveled to the United States for an exchange with the music department at the Towson University in Maryland. He also performed at the Cab Calloway school of music at the request of Cab Calloway’s daughter Cabella Calloway as well as the Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York.
In July 2014 Pacheco won the “Audience Award” and the “Second Jury Award “at the International Jazz Piano Competition Montreux Switzerland.
In October of 2014, Pacheco performed at the Apollo Theater in a star studded event with greats such as Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones at the request of the Jazz foundation of America. He also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington with his quartet and solo piano as well as Snug Harbor in New Orleans.
In April, 2015, Pacheco toured the United States including a sold out debut at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has also performed several times at Piano Night in the House of Blues in New Orleans solo as well as with his band.
In November, 2015 Vanity Fair Magazine names Jorge Luis Pacheco among the most renowned young musicians today in an article titled The Jazz Youth-Quake: Others on the Upswing by MICHAEL KATSOBASHVILI
In December, 2015 Pacheco performed duo piano with his sister Marialy Pacheco at the 30th annual International Havana Jazz Festival.
A U.S and European tour are being planned for 2016 to launch Pacheco’s new album. Dates will be announced soon.