The Diego Rivera Sextet

Diego Rivera





The Diego Rivera Sextet

cd release of The Contender

  • $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • Diego Rivera, saxophone/composer
  • Dwight Adams, trumpet
  • Michael Dease, trombone
  • Rick Roe, piano
  • David Rosin, bass
  • Nate Winn, drums

Event Details

Saxophonist, Composer, Arranger & Educator Diego Rivera will release his second album,“The Contender” on the D-Clef Records label. “The Contender” features 8 exciting original compositions along with 3 unique arrangements of diverse standards from composers Jerome Kern, Horace Silver and Stevie Wonder. A stellar line-up highlights Rivera’s composing and arranging skills while providing ample support for his ‘tough’ tenor-playing. Rivera also makes room on the record for some outstanding guest work by vocalist & trumpeter Bria Skonberg, vibraphonist Behn Gillece and percussionist (as well as engineer) Andrew Swift. Produced by Trombonist Michael Dease, the record explores Rivera’s reflections on life, love and his Chicano heritage. As bassist Rodney Whitaker says in the liner notes, “With his new release, “The Contender”, Diego has given us a glimpse into his life.”

“The Contender” promises to provide die-hard jazz aficionados with ‘home-cooked’ fare while simultaneously introducing a few new flavors to test their palate. As Whitaker states,
“Diego is a renaissance man steeped in the tradition of jazz history yet having one foot in jazz’s future.” 

This performance is supported by the Don Chisholm Friends of Jazz at Kerrytown Concert House.

Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera has been called, “A vital, new voice on the saxophone.” His performances have taken him throughout North America, Russia and Japan. In 2005, Rivera was commissioned by the Center for Great Lakes Culture to compose and premiere an original jazz suite in honor of civil rights activist Dolores Huerta. An avid composer and arranger, Rivera’s arrangements can also be heard on two of The Carl Allen-Rodney Whitaker Project’s critically acclaimed Mack Avenue Records recordings: Get Ready (2007) and Work To Do (2008). In the fall of 2013 he will release his second album The Contender on the D-Clef Records label. Since 2002 Rivera has taught at Michigan State University where he is Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone and Improvisation. In addition to his own ensemble, Rivera has toured with Juno-Award winning Canadian Vocalist, Sophie Milman, The Rodney Whitaker Quartet. Rivera has also performed with Christian McBride, Ellis Marsalis, Jimmy Cobb, The Michael Dease Big Band, The Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and The Gerald Wilson Big Band.

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