Jorge Luis Pacheco
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Jorge Luis Pacheco

Havana, Cuba | Established. Jan 01, 2005 | INDIE

Havana, Cuba | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2005
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"Wynton Marsalis in Habana"

“This encounter with Cuba is very important for North American music,” expressed Marsalis after having enjoyed the performance of the young jazz musicians. The artistic director of the JLCO sounded his trumpet accompanying the musicians of the patio and demonstrated a great identification with the executors. When the concert ended, Wynton had time to converse with some of them, he recognized their abilities and projected their clean execution, he gave them recommendations and he invited them to “speak about music” during the days of his visit to Havana .

Marsalis, who once again declared his admiration for Cubans such as Mario Bauza, Chico O’ Farrill, Chapottin, Florecita y Chocolate, and of all the “many great musicians here,) also expressed that the new jazz musicians that he had met on the island “possess great talent.” - Notidisco


“Jorge Luis Pacheco Campos left his mark on the evening. The bouncy Cuban showed passion and extravagance. Tapping his feet frenetically and playing at hallucinating speed, he thrilled the public.” - -Montreux Jazz Chronicle

"Jazz Foundation of America Review"

“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 - -Wendy Oxenhorn, Director

"Mwandishi & More: A Great Night in Harlem A dream team performs at the Apollo to support the Jazz Foundation of America"

The dazzling Cuban pianist Jorge Luis Pacheco, a Montreux Solo Jazz Piano Competition winner, was a revelation, his hands a virtual blur as he led his trio, filled out by bassist Carlos Mena and drummer Ivan Llanes Montejo, through an alternately fiery and ornate display of superior technique.

-Jeff Tamarkin, Jazz Times - Jazz Times

"Jorge Luis Pacheco: Where In The World Is Pacheco?"

“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.”

-All About Jazz, By Melanie Futorian - All About Jazz, By Melanie Futorian

"The Jazz Youth-Quake: Others on the Upswing"

Rounding things out is a new brigade of pianists from across the globe, including … Cuba’s David Virelles and Jorge Luis Pacheco (who is also a percussionist and vocalist), as well as Julius Rodriguez (all of 17 years old—and a drummer to boot). Yes, a lot of today’s top cats scratch at the keyboards.

–The Jazz Youth-Quake: Others on the Upswing


Still working on that hot first release.



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 jazz. His untethered creative, emotionally profound and technically virtuous artistry are steeped in an unrelenting love of improvisation, the discipline of a deep classical training and an undeniable poetic and musical soul.

Hailing from Havana, Cuba – this fiery young talent is fast becoming 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 Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.  Pacheco wowed the crowd at New York’s Blue Note Jazz Festival and gained notoriety at the legendary Apollo Theater for the Lifetime Achievement Award ceremonies presented to living legend Herbie Hancock.  Whether performing solo piano or with his quartet, Pacheco is staking his claim in the jazz world, having collaborated with Wynton Marsalis and Arturo O’Farrill. This young talent expresses charisma, exciting energy and respect in his ‘live’ performances.  Monty Alexander exclaims that Pacheco “defies genre.” 

Pacheco is a virtuoso pianist, composer, arranger, percussionist and vocalist.  His Jazz is a confluence of Cuban jazz, American Jazz, and Classical Music with a measure of contemporary pop to keep things up to date. Pacheco's original documentary scores are wide ranging, soulful explorations of lyrical, textured, emotional, and sometimes fast moving melodies, chords, and rhythms.  A new violin symphony he scored, entitled “Andino”, was inspired by the music of South America.

Cab Calloway’s daughter, Cabella Calloway, heard him perform and was so enthralled that she became his producer.  Pacheco’s new album “Con El Pache Me Voy” (recorded in Havana, Cuba), became a reality with Calloway’s sponsorship and is scheduled to be released this year.

A tour is being planned for 2018 to launch Pacheco’s new album