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Hilario Duran

A 2003 JUNO Award Nominated Artist for his Havana Remembered CD, and a 2005 JUNO Award Winner for his New Danzon CD, Hilario Durán, Pianist, Composer, Bandleader and Arranger of the first order, is one of the greatest virtuoso Jazz pianists emerging from Havana, Cuba.

Hilario Durán was a member of the Arturo Sandoval's band for nine years (1981-1990). As a composer, arranger and producer, as well as a performer—playing both piano and keyboard- he toured at major Jazz Festivals around the world, sharing stages with legendary musicians such as the late Dizzy Gillespie, and composer/arranger Michael Legrand.

In 1990, Hilario formed his own band “Perspectiva” which toured successfully through Latin America and Europe. One year later, Hilario participated as a pianist in Jane Bunnett’s JUNO Award Winner CD “Spirits of Havana”. In 1995, following a successful European tour with his band “Perspectiva”, Durán decided the time was then right for him to pursue his solo career, allowing him more scope to follow the many different areas of his musical interests.

After two internationally released solo albums, “Francisco’s Song” (1996), and “Killer Tumbao” (1997, featuring a hosts of Cuban musical giants as Tata Güines and Changüito), Hilario Durán decided to move to Canada with his family and released the “Habana Nocturna” album, “...a round” trip ticket from Cuban music to Jazz and back...”

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