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Manuel Valera

Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger, Manuel Valera is in the forefront of contemporary modern jazz. He represents the next generation of great performers and composers. His sound is fresh, inviting and evocative, and his goal is to forge innovative sounds that bring a vitality and newness to the idioms of jazz and Latin jazz. He is constantly workshopping musical ideas to develop new composition and arranging techniques that bring together Cuban, Puerto Rican, Brazilian and various jazz styles and forms.

His musical training started at an early age at Havana’s Manuel Saumell Conservatory where he originally studied classical saxophone. It wasn’t until emigrating to the United States in December 1994 when Valera switched to the piano. He began composing in 2000 while enrolled in the jazz program at the New School in New York where he studied, among others, with Reggie Workman, George Garzone, Jane Ira Bloom, Gerard D’Angelo and Richie Bierach.

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Discography

The Planets

The Planets

Mavo Records
2018

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The Seasons

The Seasons

Mavo Records
2017

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Urban Landscape

Urban Landscape

Destiny Records
2015

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Live at Firehouse 12

Live at Firehouse 12

Mavo Records
2015

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Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Mavo Records
2014

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Expectativas

Expectativas

Mavo Records
2013

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