“Jorge Luis Pacheco Campos left his mark on the evening. The bouncy Cuban showed passion and extravagance. Tapping his feet frenetically and playing at hallucinating speed, he thrilled the public.”
-Montreux Jazz Chronicle
“We have not heard a talent like this in years. They are already saying that he will be the one to save Latin Jazz and remind everyone that the greatest musicians with the most fire, are Cuban.”
-Wendy Oxenhorn, Jazz Foundation of America
The dazzling Cuban pianist Jorge Luis Pacheco, a Montreux Solo Jazz Piano Competition winner, was a revelation, his hands a virtual blur as he led his trio, filled out by bassist Carlos Mena and drummer Ivan Llanes Montejo, through an alternately fiery and ornate display of superior technique.
-Jeff Tamarkin, Jazz Times
“Pacheco is fast and furiously earning a reputation for being a gifted pianist, percussionist, composer and musical director, and his upcoming CD, ..produced by Chucho Valdes, displays his technical mastery and musical mastery.”
-All About Jazz, By Melanie Futorian
Rounding things out is a new brigade of pianists from across the globe, including … Cuba’s David Virelles and Jorge Luis Pacheco (who is also a percussionist and vocalist), as well as Julius Rodriguez (all of 17 years old—and a drummer to boot). Yes, a lot of today’s top cats scratch at the keyboards.
–The Jazz Youth-Quake: Others on the Upswing by MICHAEL KATSOBASHVILI
“This young musician has a very bright future.”
“Jorge Luis Pacheco is a virtuoso pianist that defies genre.”
“Jorge Luis Pacheco has flying hands beyond their full technical mastery, Pacheco adds to his natural talent a feeling of total surrender to creative interpretation that puts him on par with experienced masters.”
“Pacheco truly is a phenomenon of the piano, continuing the tradition of Chucho Valdés but more importantly a pianist with his own identity.”
-Arturo O’ Farrill, Multi Grammy Winning Pianist
“The film score to Breaking the Silence about the 1912 Santiago massacre of 3000 people of African origin was amazing. The story was told through the music – a truly visual experience. It reminded me of ‘Distant Voices’ the presentation of the experience of Japanese Americans that were imprisoned in the United States during World War II. I could tell where the expositions were, where the them was, in all the music.”
TJ Opiyo, 12th grade vocal major
“Jorge Luis Pacheco’s experimental music was outside the box and very interesting. I am sure that he will have a big career. I love how he stayed true to his roots and also true to his individual creativity and personality.”
Javon Kitson, 10th instrumental major
“We had a wonderful performance today by a wonderful man that lives and plays in Cuba. He visited today and it was a very great experience to compare their music and their language to ours. Very unique. His name is Jorge Luis Pacheco. I also enjoyed how he got play along with our band director Dr. Cannon for his final song today.”
Andrew Clough, 8th grade instrumental major
“When he did the Afro Cuban documentary piece, I thought it was very powerful. I have been to a lot of performance pieces but I felt particularly involved watching him play. I felt that I was there with him. He is a great storyteller. His love for music was evident throughout.”
Terrie Goins, 12th grade vocal and theater
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