Osmany Paredes

Osmany Paredes

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Cuban jazz pianist, Osmany Paredes, blends jazz with Afro-Cuban rhythms and “is an aggressive stylist with a bright-sounding, percussive approach and penchant for fiery improvisations, yet time and again he revealed a sweet side.”

Biography

Osmany Paredes Gonzalez is a pianist, composer and arranger whose style blends jazz with his Afro-Cuban rhythmic heritage by using a technique derived from years of classical education. Born in Santa Clara, Cuba, his father began Osmany’s musical education at the age of five. Guillermo Paredes, percussionist with the Santa Clara Orquesta de Musica Moderna, was his first teacher and primary influence. He taught his son about music while playing recordings by Peruchin, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Chucho Valdes, and Louis Armstrong. Not only did his father teach him about jazz, son, danzon and boleros, he also taught him about his Afro-Cuban roots of rumba.

At the age of eight, Osmany started his formal education in classical piano at the Olga Alonso School of Vocational Arts in Santa Clara, Cuba. He continued these studies at the esteemed National School of Music in Havana and graduated with honors in 1991. Throughout the time that he was studying the classics, he continued to listen to as many jazz recordings as possible in order to incorporate that style into his playing. In addition to the music he heard as a child, his other influences include Herbie Hancock, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Bill Evans, and McCoy Tyner.

While still in school Osmany played with many groups in Cuba including the charanga group Orquesta America. This group provided him with his first tour outside of Cuba when they went to Venezuela. After graduation he joined the jazz group of Bobby Carcasses and later the charanga group Orquesta Enrique Jorrin. These three groups gave him an invaluable education in Cuban music, jazz, and performance. After moving to Mexico in 1992, he played with various artists and groups including Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Jerry Gonzalez, Celio Gonzalez, Diego alias “El Cigala”, and “Patato” Valdes, Chocolate Armenteros, Fellove Valdes among others.

Osmany has appeared at the renowned Havana Jazz Plaza Festival, the Caracas and Trujillo Jazz Festivals, Venezuela; Acapulco International Jazz Festival, Theatre of Fine Arts, the Centro Historico International Festival; International Festival Tribute to Agustin Lara (2001) as the producer, musical director, arranger and pianist; Veracruz International Caribbean Festival, the Cervantino International Festival, Mexico; and he has also participated in other festivals in Austria, Germany, and Colombia. He also appeared on a number Mexican television shows performing with his group Menduvia, Antonio Sanchez, the Art 01 big band, and Celio Gonzalez.

January 1998 was the year that Osmany became musical director, composer and arranger of his group Menduvia. He recorded his first CD of Latin Jazz in Mexico entitled “Osmany Paredes con Menduvia”, under the Fonosound/Universal Music Latino label. This cd has now been distributed in the United States and Puerto Rico. He also recorded with Eugenia Leon, Jorge Luke, Joey Altruda, Francisco “Fellove” Valdes, Molotov, “Chocolate” Armenteros, Orquesta Enrique Jorrin, Celio González, and Amaury Gutierrez.

Since his arrival in the United States in 2003, Osmany Paredes has been featured in many well-known clubs; and he has performed or recorded with David Murray, Richard Bona, Giovanni Hidalgo, George Garzone, Howard Johnson, and Jane Bunnett, among others. He has also appeared at the Zinc Bar, the Jazz Gallery, Sweet Rhythm, Cachaça Jazz Club and the Jazz Standard in New York City, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Freihofer Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, Providence Sound Session 2005, 2006 and 2007, the San Jose Jazz Festival, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Yoshi's, the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle, the Art of Jazz Festival in Toronto and Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center.

Discography

Osmany Paredes and Menduvia
(Fonosound/Universal Music Latino, 2003)

Richard Bona - Tiki
(Decca, 2006)
"O Sen Sen"
"Calçadao de Copacabana"

Issac Delgado - En Primera Plana
(La Calle Records, 2007)
"Como Se Baila Se Toca"

Set List

The repertory includes original compositions from my cd "Osmany Paredes and Menduvia," new arrangements of jazz and latin jazz standards, Cuban jazz, and Cuban Traditional songs depending on the group.

For club dates there will be two sets, 45-50 minutes in length. For concerts and festivals there will be one 75 minute performance.