Photo: Lisa Walters

The Nord Stage 2 76 gives me the flexibility to have a personal sound and also the capability to change it on the fly! The action is also the BEST that i've ever played on an electronic keyboard.

Manuel Valera


Associated acts:

Arturo Sandoval
Paquito D’Rivera
Brian Lynch

Based in New York City, 2013 Grammy nominated pianist and composer Manuel Valera was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. Since arriving in NYC, he has become well known in the NYC modern jazz scene, garnering national reviews and lending his talents as a pianist and composer to such notable artist as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch, Dafnis Prieto, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Chris Potter, Dave Binney, Adam Rogers, Mark Turner, John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Joel Frahm, Yosvany Terry and Pedro Martinez among many others.

This dynamic and prolific artist has recorded six CDs as a bandleader. His critically acclaimed debut CD in 2004 Forma Nueva (MAVO) features John Patitucci, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez Bill Stewart and Seamus Blake. Historia (Fresh Sounds New Talent, 2005), a jazz quartet with Antonio Sanchez, Seamus Blake and Ben Street. His third release Melancolia (MAVO, 2006) - employs a string quartet incorporating world rhythms and classical concepts in the jazz idiom. Vientos (Anzic, 2007), representing a new working quartet, features bassist James Genus, drummer Ernesto Simpson, saxophonist Joel Frahm and a woodwind quartet. His fifth and trio recording Currents (MaxJazz, 2009) features Ernesto Simpson and James Genus. 

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