Michel Camilo

Michel Camilo
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Michel Camilo in concert in 2007
Background information
Born(1954-04-04) April 4, 1954 (age 63)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
GenresJazz, Latin, classical
Years active1970s-present


Michel Camilo (given birth to Apr 4, 1954) is a Grammy-award being successful pianist and composer from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is an expert in jazz, Latin and traditional piano function. Camilo lists a few of his main affects as Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Oscar Peterson, Expenses Evans, and Artwork Tatum.


Camilo was created into a music family and while a kid showed aptitude for the accordion that his parents gave him. Although he liked the accordion, it had been his grandparents' piano that sparked his curiosity probably the most, therefore at aged 9 he asked his parents to get him one. Their response was to 1st send him towards the Primary Music School, area of the Country wide Conservatory, and a year later on to give his wish.The formal system of the music school taught Camilo to try out in the classical style, and by age 16 he was using the Country wide Symphony Orchestra from the Dominican Republic. Camilo feedback on his 1st encounter using the noises of jazz, within an interview using the ABOUT Jazz site: "The very first time I noticed jazz was once i was 14 . 5. I noticed the great Artwork Tatum on the air playing his single piano rendition of 'Tea for just two.' That instantly caught my hearing. I just wished to soak it in, to understand to try out that style. I QUICKLY found out it had been jazz."Camilo studied for 13 years in the Country wide Conservatory, and whilst developing his strong classical capabilities was also heavily influenced from the bebop custom, and by the modern jazz of Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea and Amilton Godoy (Zimbo Trio's pianist). His affects at the moment also included Horace Metallic, Erroll Garner, as well as the ragtime music of Scott Joplin.When the Harvard University Jazz Band visited the Dominican Republic and heard Camilo at a jam program, the bandleader motivated him, 'You ought to be in the States', so the idea was planted. In 1979, Camilo relocated to NY to review at Mannes University with The Juilliard College, and broke onto the worldwide stage in 1983 when Tito Puente's pianist was struggling to make a concert in the Montreal Jazz Event. On a suggestion, without hearing him, Puente asked Camilo to try out. Cuban reedman Paquito D'Rivera is at the target audience and provided him a location in his music group. For four years, Camilo toured internationally with D'Rivera and documented two albums with him.Camilo's emergence like a celebrity in his own ideal began around 1985, the entire year he debuted along with his trio in Carnegie Hall. For the reason that same season he toured European countries with Paquito D’Rivera's quintet, and documented his first record, YOU WILL WANT TO?, for Japan's Ruler label. Suntan / In Trio got a trio with Anthony Jackson for the bass and Dave Weckl for the drums. In 1988, Camilo debuted on a significant record label, Sony, using the discharge of Michel Camilo, which became a bestseller and kept the very best jazz album place for ten consecutive weeks. Particular guests joined along with Camilo, such as for example percussionist Sammy Figueroa and touch dancer Raul. Various other bestselling albums implemented and so do the accolades, including a Grammy and an Emmy. Camilo's collaborative 2000 record with flamenco guitarist Tomatito Spain earned Greatest Latin Jazz Record in the initial Latin Grammy Honours.As well to be a superb performer, Camilo is a talented composer and has written ratings for many Spanish language films including Los Peores Años de Nuestra Vida as well as the award-winning Amo Tu Cama Rica.Camilo travels extensively, and lectures in European countries, the united states, and in the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. He retains several honorary levels, a Going to Professorship and a Doctorate at Berklee University of Music, and continues to be honored in his house country when you are called a Knight from the Heraldic Purchase of Christopher Columbus, and becoming awarded the Metallic Cross from the Purchase of Duarte, Sanchez & Mella.

Association with other musicians

Camilo's regular trio lineup for quite some time had his long-term close friends Anthony Jackson on contrabass acoustic guitar and Cliff Almond on drums. Charles Flores offers occupied the trio's bass chair since their Grammy-winning recording Live in the Blue Notice. Lately Camilo offers drummer Dafnis Prieto within his trio. This fresh trio released the recording Spirit of as soon as in Apr 2007.Other music artists he has used consist of Tito Puente, Paquito D'Rivera, Dizzy Gillespie, Katia Labèque, Toots Thielemans, Airto Moreira, Chuck Mangione, Stanley Turrentine, Claudio Roditi, Nancy Alvarez, Mongo Santamaría, George Benson, Eddie Palmieri, Jon Faddis, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Lew Soloff, Tania Maria, Jaco Pastorius, Patato, Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, Chuck Loeb, Giovanni Hidalgo, Guarionex Aquino, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Valentin, Flora Purim, Delfeayo Marsalis, Chucho Valdés, Joe Lovano, Herbie Hancock, Tomatito, John Patitucci, David Sanchez, Hiromi Uehara, Cachao, Marcus Roberts, Steve Gadd, Danilo Perez, Gary Burton, Billy Taylor, Dave Weckl, Hilton Ruiz, Roy Hargrove, Romero Lubambo, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Leny Andrade, Bireli Lagrene, Marian McPartland, Leonard Slatkin, Arturo Sandoval, Aisha Syed Castro, Béla Fleck, Lou Marini, Cliff Almond, Tag Walker.


1984 - France Toast (w/ People from france Toast) 1985 - YOU WILL WANT TO? 1986 - Suntan/In Trio 1988 - Michel Camilo 1989 - BURNING 1990 - Alternatively 1991 - Amo Tu Cama Rica (Soundtrack) 1993 - Rendezvous 1994 - YET ANOTHER Once 1996 - Two Very much (soundtrack) 1997 - Hands of Rhythm (w/ Giovanni Hidalgo) 1997 - Thru My Eye 2000 - Spain 2001 - Calle 54 (Soundtrack) 2001 - Piano Concerto, Suite & Caribe 2002 - Triangulo 2003 - Live in the Blue Notice 2005 - Single 2006 - Rhapsody In Blue 2006 - Spain Once again (recording) 2007 - Soul of as soon as (Apr 24, 2007) 2009 - Caribe - Michel Camilo Big Music group (Sept 15, 2009 - Dvd and blu-ray/Compact disc released in Spain) 2011 - Mano a Mano 2013 - WHAT'S GOING ON? 2016 - Spain Forever (with Tomatito)