Hailing from Havana, Cuba, Jorge Luis Pacheco is one of the leading pianists and musicians of the new generation of jazz in Cuba. Winner of the Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Competition in Switzerland , Pacheco is a fiery young pianist with “flying hands.”His music is a confluence of Cuban jazz, Cuban and Afro Cuban music, American jazz, and classical music with a measure of contemporary pop and soul.He has performed all over the world including prominent jazz clubs such as Dizzy’s Jazz at Lincoln Center(New York), theaters, and festivals such as the Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York, or The Piano Night in the House of Blues at the New Orleans Jazz Fest as well as the Sziget Festival in the City of Budapest, Hungary ,or the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Israel among others .He also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington several times with his quartet and Solo Piano Concert as well as the legendary Apollo Theater in where a lifetime achievement award was presented to Herbie Hancock. He has collaborated with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO, Arturo O’ Farrill and the Legendary Lenny White as well as with Dave Weckl and Richie Goods in trio format in 2018. Jorge performed at Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he also gave a Master class. Pacheco is a passionate,extravagant,exciting entertainer on stage and constantly captures the audience’s attention with his heartfelt performances and electric energy. Pacheco was the winner of the JoJAzz Award in Havanna and also in 2017 Pacheco won the Best Solo and Performance Award in the Jazz Competiton “Made in New York” in New York City whit one of his own compositions “Con el Pache me Voy” and some of the most recognized musicians in the world as a jury, it is the case of Randy Brecker, The legend of Lenny White and Mike Stern . Pacheco also has a Master’s Degree in Composition from the Instituto Superior de Arte de La Habana.
He is a virtuoso pianist, composer, arranger, percussionist and singer. Monty Alexander exclaimed that he “defies genre” often playing Cuban jazz, traditional Cuban music, original Film scores, and a new Symphony for Jazz Quartet and Symphony Orquestra that he composed, which is inspired in the music of South America and Afro Cuban Music where Pacheco showed the audience a range of different sounds that were from the most classic performed by the Symphonic Orchestra to the most contemporary by the Jazz Quartet and where both joined to achieve a balance between both musical worlds. In December 2020 Pacheco recorded a new Album titled “The Lockdown Album”, where Pacheco search new ways to expand his horizon as a pianist and as a composer. Since classical music has played an important role throughout his career, he decided to bring both worlds together, integrating to his jazz compositions works from Chopin and Beethoven, navigating between these two worlds he loves and mixing the sounds of traditional and modern jazz with my Cuban roots. Pacheco also has a Master in Composition from the Instituto Superior de Arte de LA Habana (ISA).
Jorge Luis Pacheco, is one of the leading pianists of the new generation of jazz in 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, Lenny White as well as with Dave Weckl and Richie Goods ,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.
In 2017 Pacheco won the best solo and performance award in the jazz contest “Made in New York” in New York City whit one of his on compositions.
On February 10, 2018 Pacheco performed a Premiere Concert of his most recent work. A Symphony for Jazz Quartet and Symphonic Orchestra at the National Theater of Cuba where, with the Hall totally sold, Pacheco showed the public a range of different sounds that were from the most classic performed by the Symphonic Orchestra to the most contemporary by the Jazz Quartet and where both joined to achieve a balance between both musical worlds. In December 2020 Pacheco recorded a new Album titled “The Lockdown Album”, where Pacheco search new ways to expand his horizon as a pianist and as a composer. Since classical music has played an important role throughout his career, he decided to bring both worlds together, integrating to his jazz compositions works from Chopin and Beethoven, navigating between these two worlds he loves and mixing the sounds of traditional and modern jazz with my Cuban roots.
– Con el Pache Me Voy (2019) https://open.spotify.com/album/6vYsb0wz24sce5F8KAOnRg?si=e_G3jLzxTseCYSziDN1GpQ
– Mi otro Yo (2020) Singing Album https://open.spotify.com/album/5jlZCO8iPVDfw9dTpxXMCy?si=jV_qcM-US6GvfKtUeO7rig
– Pacheco`s Blues (2010)
– My Favorite Themes (2012)
– Live in Wilhelm13 (2017)
– United States – University of Towson ,Baltimore. University of South Dakota. Washintong, at Kennedy Center. New York.
– Mexico – Universidad de Campeche .
– Israel – Red Sea Jazz Festival ,Eilat
– Montenegro – Made in New York Jazz Fest in Montenegro