Golden, CO – February 27th: Benefit Concert for Cuba’s Ladies in White featuring Paquito D’Rivera

We are less than a week away from this incredible event, so if you live in Colorado, are close by, or will be in the area later this week on February 27th, don’t miss a great opportunity to help Cuba’s valiant Ladies in White and see a great jazz concert featuring the one and only, 15-time Grammy winner, Paquito D’Rivera.

The concert is being organized by the Gorra family of Glenwood Springs, CO, who have two extremely talented teenage boys we wrote about back in 2013 (read about the Gorra family HERE).

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FIFTEEN-TIME GRAMMY® WINNER AND NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS JAZZ MASTER PAQUITO D’RIVERA TO JOIN UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO STUDENTS FOR BENEFIT CONCERT

Concert to Benefit and Raise Awareness for Cuba’s Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) Humanitarian Group

BOULDER, CO – A benefit concert, featuring the accomplished Jazz musician Paquito D’Rivera, and 2011 Boettcher scholar Walter Gorra, along with other jazz students from the University of Colorado at Boulder, will be held on Friday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. (two shows). The event will be held at Mount Vernon Country Club, 24933 Club House Circle, Golden, Colo.

In addition, at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, Walter Gorra Jazz, LLC with support from an Educational Enrichment Grant from the Boettcher Foundation and the Thompson Jazz Studies Program at the University of Colorado will offer a FREE master class – taught by Paquito D’Rivera – to faculty and students from area universities.  For more information about attending this master class, please visit www.waltergorrajazz.com/masterclass.

Walter Gorra first met D’Rivera at the 2010 Heineken Jazz Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico where Walter was the pianist for the Berklee in Puerto Rico Big Band, the opening act on the final day of the festival. Upon his return from Puerto Rico, Gorra composed his first Latin Jazz piece, Merengue Lemon Pie, which was a finalist for the 2010 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers awards. In 2014, Gorra’s composition, Jazongo, was awarded the ASCAP Herb Albert Young Jazz Composers award.

Paquito D’Rivera defies categorization. The winner of fifteen GRAMMY® Awards, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer. His numerous recordings include more than 30 solo albums. In 1988, he was a founding member of the United Nation Orchestra, a 15-piece ensemble organized by Dizzy Gillespie to showcase the fusion of Latin and Caribbean influences with jazz.  D’Rivera is also the author of two books: an autobiography, My Sax Life and a novel, Oh, La Habana. For further information and a listing of his many honors, achievements and awards, please visit www.paquitodrivera.com.

Denver Jazz station KUVO/KVJZ 89.3 will air an interview and live performance with Paquito D’Rivera and CU-Student jazz band led by Walter Gorra on February 26 at 12 p.m. during Arturo Gomez’s show ”Lunchtime at the Oasis

The benefit concert is presented by Walter Gorra Jazz, LLC and sponsored by KUVO, the Thompson Jazz Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder, Mount Vernon Country Club, Frijoles Colorado and private donors.  For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.waltergorrajazz.com/damasbenefit.Tickets go on sale January 26, 2015