Home Delivery: Exclusive conversation with Latin jazz drummer Dafnis Prieto

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Welcome to a new installment of DACAMERA Home Delivery. Cuban drummer Dafnis Prieto was scheduled to return to our stage in March. Dafnis won the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz album for a recording with his newest project, the Dafnis Prieto Big Band. Back to the Sunset was called “one of the best recordings of the year” by the editors of DownBeat. Since making his DACAMERA debut in 2009 and earning a MacArthur “Genius” grant in 2011, Prieto has racked up rave reviews, prestigious commissions and multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations.
Today, we are pleased to share an exclusive conversation with Dafnis, conducted by Chef Tim from KTSU 90.9 FM. Dafnis shares what he is doing during this time of quarantine, his wide variety of influences and his current and future projects. An active music educator, Dafnis graciously agreed to answer questions submitted by students in the jazz program at Waltrip High School. See below for an edited version of the conversation and click here for the full conversation

After the interview, check out a video of the Dafnis Prieto Big Band in action.

Check out the Dafnis Prieto Big Band in action in the studio in the video below. A video of the Big Band performing Out of the Bone is available here.

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Read the program notes by Rick Mitchell.

Stream Dafnis’s music on Spotify. Dafnis is active on Instagram. Follow him here.