Hilario Durán- piano
Ottawa Latin Jazz Big Band
Greg Ritchie - drums
John Geggie - bass
Eugenio Osorio - percussion
Cuban born Hilario Durán grew up in Havana in a musical family surrounded by a variety of diverse musical influences on a daily basis. He began working as a professional musician in Cuba’s Los Papa Cun-Cun Ensemble and in a variety of musical formats.
Later on, in the 70’s, Durán was Chucho Valdés’ chosen successor in Cuba’s most modern big band, Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna.
After making his mark in Cuba, Durán continued to hone his skills as a pianist, composer, arranger and musical director of remarkable virtuosity. Since arriving in Canada, he has made a name for himself, he is a multi-Canadian Juno Award winner and nominee; an American Grammy nominee; a multi-Canadian National Jazz Award winner & nominee; and the proud recipient of the 2007 Chico O’Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award, from Latin Jazz USA, for his outstanding contributions to Afro-Cuban Jazz and Latin Jazz.
One of the ten most influential Hispanic Canadian, Maestro Hilario Duran, is considered as one of the world’s “contemporary Cuban pianists that moved jazz in the 21st century”; he is ranked among the greats as one of the most important Cuban pianists and arrangers today.
Mr. Duran has been presenting the Afro-Cuban music to Canada through the years; in 2005, Hilario formed his explosive Big Band Orchestra with top Canadian musicians in Toronto; his album “From the Heart” was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2007, and winning the Juno as Contemporary Jazz album of the year. He had perform with the Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and WDR orchestras; and now, he will join the Ottawa Latin Jazz Big Band to perform Duran’s repertoire based on his natural cultural background and career-long exploration of Afro-Cuban rhythms. The band comprises some of the musician’s most prominent and accomplished jazz artists of Ottawa.
Studio time provided by: Record Runner Rehearsal Studios