Cuba has long shared its great cultural riches with the world, including some of the most incredible pianists on the planet. A fresh, new face has emerged and is making waves with his “flying hands.” Jorge Luis Pacheco has a unique style that presents a new voice in Cuban music.
Hailing from Havana, Cuba – this winner of the Montreaux piano competition is a fiery young talent. He is a seasoned veteran, having performed at some of the most respected venues in the world. From Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York to the Jazz Capital of the World. Pacheco wowed the crowd at New York’s Blue Note Jazz Festival and gained notoriety at the Apollo Theater for the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to living legend Herbie Hancock.
This young talent expresses charisma, exciting energy, and respect in his performances. Monty Alexander exclaims Pacheco “defies genre.”
Pacheco is a virtuoso pianist, composer, arranger, percussionist and vocalist. He plays Cuban jazz, traditional Cuban music as well as beloved songs from Buena Vista Social Club.
“Jorge Luis Pacheco Campos left his mark on the evening. The bouncy Cuban showed passion and extravagance. Tapping his feet frantically and playing at hallucinating speed, he thrilled the public.”
-Montreux Jazz Chronicle
“We have not heard a talent like this in years. They are already saying that he will be the one to save Latin Jazz and remind everyone that the greatest musicians with the most fire, are Cuban.”
-Wendy Oxenhorn, Jazz Foundation of America
“Pacheco is fast and furiously earning a reputation for being a gifted pianist, percussionist, composer and musical director, and his upcoming CD, ..produced by Chucho Valdes, displays his technical mastery and musical mastery.”