The Cuban Paquito D'Rivera
(1948) has been a professional since1966. The son of classical saxophonist and conductor Tito D'Rivera has been on the concert stage since he was seven. At the beginning of the 70s, he founded the Orchestra Cubana de Musica Moderna, together with Chucho Valdés. In 1981, he moved to America and later that year his solo debut Paquito Blowin'
was issued. In 1988 he entered The United Nations Orchestra of legendary trumpet player Dizzy Gillespie. In subsequent years, the sympathetic musician made over 30 solo albums and won no less than nine Grammy Awards. He has also made guest appearances in famous orchestras and big bands.Besides D'Rivera is still a versatile and very prolific composer.