The Kennedy Center

Jorge Luis Pacheco



Biography

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, theaters, and festivals such as the Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York earlier this year. Pacheco has recently been invited to perform at the Apollo Theater in October where a lifetime achievement award will be presented to Herbie Hancock on October 24, 2014. He has collaborated with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO and Arturo O' Farrill. Pacheco is a passionate, 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 says that he "defies genre" often playing Cuban jazz, traditional Cuban music, original documentary scores, and a new violin symphony called "Andino" that he composed, which was inspired by Peru and Ecuador. Cab Calloway's daughter Cabella Calloway was one of those audience members who instantly became a fan and supporter.

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/8/2015: Piano Marathon Cubano featuring Jorge Luis Pacheco and Aldo López-Gavilán (Cuba)

Two of Cuba's top jazz pianists perform a lively two-hour marathon concert with one or two onstage at any given time. Pacheco is also a percussionist, composer, and vocalist, while López-Gavilán was born to a family of acclaimed classical musicians. Presented in collaboration with FUNDarte.

Video 11/1/2014: Jorge Luis Pacheco

One of Cuba’s most extraordinary pianists, Pacheco and his quartet perform a concert blending traditional Cuban and jazz music.

Jorge Luis Pachero