Juno Award Winner and SOCAN Award Winner, Pianist, Composer,
Bandleader and Arranger of the first order, is one of the greatest
virtuoso Jazz pianists emerging from Havana, Cuba.
Hilario Durán was a member of the Arturo Sandoval’s band for
nine years (1981 – 1990). As a composer, arranger and producer, as well
as a performer -playing both piano and keyboard- he toured at major
Jazz Festivals around the world, sharing stages with legendary
musicians such as the late Dizzy Gillespie, and composer/arranger
In 1990, Hilario formed his own band “Perspectiva” which toured
successfully through Latin America and Europe. One year later, Hilario
participated as a pianist in Jane Bunnett’s JUNO Award Winner CD
“Spirits of Havana”.
After two internationally released solo albums, “Francisco’s Song”
(1996),and“Killer Tumbao” (1997, featuring a hosts of Cuban musical
giants as Tata Güines and Changüito), Hilario Durán
decided to move to Canada with his family and released the “Habana
Nocturna” album, “… a round – trip ticket from Cuban music to Jazz and
In 2005, Hilario formed his explosive Big Band Orchestra with top
Canadian and Cuban musicians in Toronto, being one of the highlights of
the "Distillery Jazz Festival”, “Autoworkers Assembly Hall Big Band
Festival”, in Port Elgin, and “Sound of Toronto Jazz Series”,
critically acclaimed by the press.
Hilario’s releases “New Danzon” (JUNO Awards Winner),
which has taken the wonderful classic Cuban music called “Danzon” to
new heights (“New Danzon” melds the traditional with sophisticated
Be-Bop and technical musical mastery); and “Encuentro en La Habana”
recorded in Cuba, with the former members of “Perspectiva”.
"Encuentro en La Habana" is a musical celebration. This CD shows the
joy of the reunion, great energy, spontaneity, and creativity.
Note: all of the documents, audio and video samples below
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Duran Biography (pdf)
Hilario Duran Full Bio (pdf)
Duran Reviews (pdf)
Hilario Duran Discography (pdf)
Danzon" (Alma Records 2005)
Jazz Album of the Year
Jazz Awards (doc)
Audio and Video Samples
"New Danzon" solo
from "Encuentro En La Habana" (Alma Records 2006)
"Farewell" from Encuentro En La Habana" (Alma Records 2006) (mp3)
Manisero" from "New Danzon (Alma Records 2004) (mp3)
Danzon" from "New Danzon" (Alma Records 2004) (mp3)
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