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Pianist Manuel Valera with The Tom Tallitsch Quartet at Miles Jazz Cafe (NYC) on Thursday, April 7th

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Tom Tallitsch Miles Jazz Cafe NYC
Thursday, April 7th
9:30-11:30pm
212 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022-6201
(212) 371-7657
Subway: Lexington Av/53 St

Tom Tallitsch
Tom Tallitsch
Tom Tallitsch
b.1974
sax, tenor
—Saxophones
Manuel Valera
Manuel Valera
Manuel Valera
b.1980
piano
—Piano
Peter Brendler—Bass
David Ashkenazy—Drums

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
Reggie Workman
Reggie Workman
b.1937
bass
, George Garzone
George Garzone
George Garzone
b.1950
sax, tenor
, Jane Ira Bloom
Jane Ira Bloom
Jane Ira Bloom

sax, soprano
, Gerard D'Angelo
Gerard D'Angelo
Gerard D'Angelo
b.1954
piano
and Richie Bierach.

In late October 2003, just two days after his 23rd birthday, Valera recorded his debut and critically acclaimed CD, Forma Nueva—a modern jazz CD of contemporary originals featuring bassist John Patitucci
John Patitucci
John Patitucci
b.1959
bass
, drummers Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez
Horacio
Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez
b.1963
percussion
, Bill Stewart
Bill Stewart
Bill Stewart
b.1966
drums
and Seamus Blake
Seamus Blake
Seamus Blake
b.1970
sax, tenor
on saxophones. Forma Nueva received nationwide radio airplay and garnered strong reviews in the jazz and music press Billboard, Jazztimes, Jazziz, All Music Guide and Latin Beat among others. The following year, he recorded a second project entitled Historia for Fresh Sounds New Talent featuring Ben Street (bass) and Antonio Sanchez (drums) as well as Seamus Blake (saxophone) on two tracks.

His latest recording Melancolia, released in March 2006 featuring Antonio Sanchez
Antonio Sanchez
Antonio Sanchez
b.1971
drums
(drums), Ben Street
Ben Street
Ben Street

bass
(bass), Seamus Blake
Seamus Blake
Seamus Blake
b.1970
sax, tenor
(saxophone), Luisito Quintero (percussion) and a string quartet, is a special project that fuses classical concepts with world and Latin rhythms in the jazz idiom.

Tom Tallitsch
Tom Tallitsch
Tom Tallitsch
b.1974
sax, tenor
is a New York-based tenor and soprano saxophonist with two of his three albums on Origin/OA2 Records. He plays regularly in New York and Philadelphia, and tours throughout the east coast and U.S, and hosts a weekly Jazz Radio Show out of Trenton, NJ. Tallitsch has had feature articles in All About Jazz, Downbeat Magazine, JazzTimes, JazzReview.com, The Village Voice, and other regional and national print media. In 2010 his album Perspective rose to #27 on The Jazzweek US radio charts. Some of the musicians that he has performed with in New York and Philadelphia are Jared Gold
Jared Gold
Jared Gold

organ, Hammond B3
, David Ashkenazy, Mark Ferber
Mark Ferber
Mark Ferber

drums
, Manuel Valera
Manuel Valera
Manuel Valera
b.1980
piano
, Mark Mollica
Mark Mollica

guitar
, John Swana
John Swana
John Swana

trumpet
, Tony Miceli
Tony Miceli
Tony Miceli
b.1960
vibraphone
, Jarrett Cherner, Duane Eubanks
Duane Eubanks
Duane Eubanks
b.1969
trumpet
, Peter Brendler, Matt Jorgensen
Matt Jorgensen
Matt Jorgensen
b.1972
drums
, Thomas Marriott
Thomas Marriott
Thomas Marriott
b.1975
trumpet
, Joe Martin
Joe Martin
Joe Martin
b.1970
bass, acoustic
, Daisuke Abe
Daisuke Abe
Daisuke Abe
b.1978
guitar
, Ziv Ravitz
Ziv Ravitz
Ziv Ravitz

drums
, etc.


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