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Wendell Rivera's Latin Jazz Ensemble

Wendell Rivera’s Latin Jazz Ensemble

Latin Percussionist, Wendell Rivera is one of the leading ambassadors of Latin Jazz, an invigorating jazz sound that incorporates Afro-Caribbean grooves with the free melodic and harmonic elements of progressive jazz. Rivera came into his own in 1996 with his debut, No Boundaries, on his own WPR Music label. Two years later, he released Portfolio under World Class Records. Portfolio drew critical acclaim and put him on the map as a bonafide leader.

 

Over the years he has performed with artists as diverse as Arturo Sandoval, Ben Vereen, Aretha Franklin, Dave Valentin, Bob Mintzer, Humberto Ramirez, Yomo Toro, and Ralph Irrizarry.

 

Rivera performs frequently in high profile jazz festivals in Canada and around Western New York. In the year 2000, Rivera was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, an award that recognized his achievements and musical contributions.

 

His current ensemble features five artists from Western New York and Canada: Randy Stirsinger (piano), Benjamin Levitt (bass), Hansel Herrera (trumpet), Calvin Rice (trumpet), and Juan Betancourt (drums/timbales).

 

Selected Discography:

 

2009

Wendell Rivera

Live at the Albright-Knox Jazz Festival

2006

Wendell Rivera

Wendell Rivera’s Latin Jazz Ensemble

2002

Wendell Rivera

Among Friends

1998

Wendell Rivera

Portfolio

1996

Wendell Rivera

No Boundaries

1993

Wendell Rivera

Los Hermanos Rivera

 


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