The Papo Vasquez Residency:

During his Madison visit, Mr. Vázquez participated in several community outreach events including a lecture and performance at Centro Hispano and conducting a clinic/workshop for jazz students at the UW School of Music.  In addition, Mr. Vázquez will conduct a Master Class for high school jazz musicians and an "Introduction to Latin Jazz" program targeting 6th graders from several middle schools with high concentrations of Latino and African American students. Workshops will be November 12 and 13.


and his 8 piece Afro-Puerto Rican Jazz Ensemble the MIGHTY PIRATES TROUBADOURS

Thurs., Nov. 14, 2013

Papo Vasquez

Appearing at The Old Music Hall on the University of Wisconsin Campus

Madison Music Collective partnered with the Wisconsin Union Theater and Isthmus to bring Papo Vasquez and is 8 piece Afro-Puerto Rican Jazz Ensemble the Mighty Pirates Troubadours as part of the Isthmus Jazz series.

PAPO VAZQUEZ (trombone) Trombonist, composer and arranger Papo Vázquez is more than thirty-five years into a career spanning the jazz, Latin, Afro-Caribbean and classical music and recording worlds. Recent honors include a commission from Wynton Marsalis for a new work inspired by Cuban painter Wilfredo Lam, which was performed as part of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz and Art concert this past February, He received a Latino Masters Award by the Pregones Theater in 2011 under the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces: Presenting program.

Mr. Vázquez was born in Philadelphia, yet spent his early years in Puerto Rico, before returning to North Philadelphia’s Puerto Rican community. At only 17, he moved to New York and was hired to play for trumpet player Chocolate Armentero's band, and soon began playing and recording with other top artists in the salsa scene and became a key player in New York’s burgeoning Latin jazz scene of the late 1970's, performing with Jerry Gonzalez, Hilton Ruiz, and more. He began studying with Slide Hampton, eventually recording and performing for Slide Hampton's World of Trombones. By the age of 22, Vázquez had traveled the globe with Tito Puente's Latin Jazz Ensemble, as principal trombonist, and toured Europe with both the Ray Charles Orchestra and Dizzy Gillespie's United Nations Orchestra.

It was during his time in Puerto Rico in the 1980s working with other Latin jazz musicians that the Pirates Troubadours, an “Afro-Puerto Rican jazz band” evolved. The group performed at festivals around the world and released Carnival in San Juan in 2003, followed by From The Badlands in 2007.


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