Hilario Duran, multiple Juno Award Winner and SOCAN Award Winner, Pianist, Composer, Bandleader and Arranger of the first order, is one of the greatest virtuoso Jazz pianists emerging from Havana, Cuba.
Hilario Durán was a member of the Arturo Sandoval’s band for nine years (1981 – 1990). As a composer, arranger and producer, as well as a performer -playing both piano and keyboard- he toured at major Jazz Festivals around the world, sharing stages with legendary musicians such as the late Dizzy Gillespie, and composer/arranger Michael Legrand.
In 1990, Hilario formed his own band “Perspectiva” which toured successfully through Latin America and Europe. One year later, Hilario participated as a pianist in Jane Bunnett’s JUNO Award Winner CD “Spirits of Havana”.
After two internationally released solo albums, “Francisco’s Song” (1996),and“Killer Tumbao” (1997, featuring a hosts of Cuban musical giants as Tata Güines and Changüito), Hilario Durán decided to move to Canada with his family and released the “Habana Nocturna” album, “… a round – trip ticket from Cuban music to Jazz and back…”
In 2005, Hilario formed his explosive Big Band Orchestra with top Canadian and Cuban musicians in Toronto, being one of the highlights of the “Distillery Jazz Festival”, “Autoworkers Assembly Hall Big Band Festival”, in Port Elgin, and “Sound of Toronto Jazz Series”, critically acclaimed by the press.
Hilario’s releases “New Danzon” (JUNO Awards Winner), which has taken the wonderful classic Cuban music called “Danzon” to new heights (“New Danzon” melds the traditional with sophisticated Be-Bop and technical musical mastery); and “Encuentro en La Habana” recorded in Cuba, with the former members of “Perspectiva”. “Encuentro en La Habana” is a musical celebration. This CD shows the joy of the reunion, great energy, spontaneity, and creativity.
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> Hilario Duran Biography (pdf)
> Hilario Duran Full Bio (pdf)
> Hilario Duran Reviews (pdf)
> Hilario Duran Discography (pdf)
> Review of “New Danzon” (Alma Records 2005)
> 2007 Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year
> 2008 National Jazz Awards (doc)
Audio and Video Samples
Hilario Duran performing “New Danzon” solo
“Timba_en_Trampa”_from_”Motion”_2010 (sample mp3)
> “Trio Influenciado” from “Encuentro En La Habana” (Alma Records 2006) (mp3)
> “Farewell” from Encuentro En La Habana” (Alma Records 2006) (mp3)
“El Manisero” from “New Danzon (Alma Records 2004) (mp3)
“New Danzon” from “New Danzon” (Alma Records 2004) (mp3)
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