Saxophonist and composer Paquito D’Rivera is one of the few artists to conquer both classical music and Latin jazz. D’Rivera made his symphony debut before he was in his teens, went on to become a founding member of the legendary Afro-Cuban music group Irakere, was an original member of Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra, led his own Latin jazz orchestra, appeared as a soloist with the London Philharmonic orchestra, and recorded with famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Over his career — now spanning some six decades — D’Rivera has earned 11 Grammy Awards; the first was for the 1979 album Irakere, which took home the Best Latin Jazz recording award, and the latest was the 2011 release Panamericana Suite, which earned him his fourth Latin Grammy. D’Rivera comes to Houston, thanks to Da Camera, for a one-night performance with guitar duo João Luiz and Douglas Lora. The program includes music by D’Rivera as well as Jacob do Bandolim, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Astor Piazzolla.
8 p.m. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 713-524-5050 or visit dacamera.com. $35 to $65.
Fri., Jan. 24, 8 p.m., 2014
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