• Paquito D'Rivera with WBGO's Michael Bourne

    November 11, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.

    Paquito D'Rivera celebrates the great Argentinean tango master Astor Piazzolla this Friday and Saturday at Jazz at Lincoln Center in the Rose Theater. He sat down with Michael Bourne to discuss his most recent album, Tango Jazz, and his approach to the clarinet versus the saxophone. This weekend, D'Rivera will imagine Piazzolla's music with an unorthodox twist by adding new instrumentation and expanding on old grooves.

    Hear Michael Bourne's conversation with D'Rivera below:

    Paquito D'Rivera

    D'Rivera grew up in Havana, Cuba. So how did he get hooked up with the Argentinian tango? He would watch movies on TV featuring the bandoneón, a traditional instrument of the tango similar to the accordion. This weekend's concerts will feature this instrument as well as Piazzolla's former pianist, Pablo Ziegler and Astor Piazzolla's grandson Pipi on drums.

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