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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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Albums

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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New Cuban Express
New Cuban Express
Mavo Records
2012
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Vientos
Vientos
Anzic Records
2007
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