Label: Destiny Records
Born in Havana, Cuba in 1980, pianist/composer and bandleader Manuel Valera is a forward-minded jazz musician with a knack for combining myriad Latin styles with contemporary jazz and post-bop.
Starting out as a saxophonist, Valera switched full-time to piano after moving to the U.S. where he performed with John Patitucci, Paquito D'Rivera, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Chris Potter, Mark Turner and many others.
He released his first album, "Forma Nueva" in 2004. Since then, he has released nine CDs as a band leader including "Historia"(2005), "Melancholia" (2006), "Vientos" (2007), "Currents" (2009), two major CDs with the NCX Band (2013 & 2014) and his introspective solo piano recording “Self-Portrait” in 2014.
The New Cuban Express (NCX) project is deeply influenced by the experiments of Cuban artists from the 70s and 80s and creates a unique and distinctive style that mixes elements of jazz, R&B, fusion and funk with Cuban music styles. In 2013, NCX received a Grammy Award as best Latin Jazz Album.
“Urban Landscape” (2015) is Valera's last record as a leader and his first CD with the Groove Square team: John Ellis (saxophone), Nir Felder (guitar), John Benitez (bass), E.J. Strickland (drums) and Manuel on keyboards. Special guests include Gregoire Maret on harmonica, Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums. The album was enthusiastically received by critics.
Manuel is currently traveling the world performing in some of the biggest international venues and festivals. No doubt that his blending of Latin music with jazz harmony and improvisations is producing more than a mere hybrid and will appeal to a growing audience.
1. "MANUEL VALERA TRIO"
Manuel Valera - piano
Hans Glawischnig or Ben Street - bass
E.J. Strickland - drums
2. "MANUEL VALERA TRIO" (European Trio)
Manuel Valera - piano
Felipe Cabrera - bass
Ludmil Perez - drums
"He leaves no doubt that he is destined to play a role in the future of jazz" - Billboard
"... a superb ensemble ..." - Downbeat
"MANUEL VALERA TRIO": from 1 to 15 October 2017
"MANUEL VALERA TRIO" (European Trio): 2017 & 2018
|05 Oct 2017||Manuel Valera Trio||Duc des Lombards||Paris||France|
|06 Oct 2017||Manuel Valera Trio||Duc des Lombards||Paris||France|
|21 Mar 2018||Manuel Valera Trio||12on14||Warsaw||Poland|
|2017-10-05||Manuel Valera Trio||Duc des Lombards||Paris||France|
|2017-10-06||Manuel Valera Trio||Duc des Lombards||Paris||France|
|2018-03-21||Manuel Valera Trio||12on14||Warsaw||Poland|