Luis Perdomo & Mimi Jones 'couples In Harmony' at Soapbox Gallery
Sun, July 26, 2020
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Luis is one of the most active jazz pianists in NYC. Originally from Venezuela, he began playing piano at age 10, and by age 12 he was playing professionally on radio and TV as well as concerts and clubs.Later on, Luis moved to the U.S to attend the Manhattan School of Music on a scholarship, he graduated in 1997 and would later obtain a Master’s degree from Queens College, where he was a student of the great pianist Sir Roland Hanna.Soon after moving to New York, he quickly established himself as an in-demand pianist amassing quite an impressive resume. Some of the artists Luis has recorded and/or performed with include Ravi Coltrane, David Sanchez, Jerry Gonzalez and the “Fort Apache Band”, Tom Harrell, John Patitucci, Ray Barretto, Brian Lynch, Robin Eubanks, Miguel Zenon, Dave Douglas, David Weiss and The Cookers, David Gilmore, La India, Ralph Irizarry & Timbalaye, Henry Threadgill and Steve Turre, among others; a list that is as notable both by its high standard as well as its diversity. Luis is also recognized as a longstanding member of several bands, most notably groups led by Ravi Coltrane, with whom he spent 10 years and Miguel Zenon, with whom he has had a collaboration that is currently on its 19th year. Luis has made also a mark as a performer, composer and arranger on recordings by Ray Barretto, Ignacio Berroa, John Benitez and Ralph Irizarry. He can be heard most recently on both Grammy nominated Ravi Coltrane's "Spirit Fiction" and Miguel Zenón's "Tipico". In 2002 he obtained the 2nd Grand Prix at the “3rd Martial Solal Jazz Piano Competition” in Paris, amongst a pool of 66 international pianists. As a sideman, Luis has performed in most major Music Festivals and venues in over 50 countries, and as a leader he has toured in Europe, Japan, South America and the U.S. Luis has also been very active worldwide in recent years as a teacher, solo artist, and as a leader of his own trio: “The Controlling Ear Unit” and several other projects, and has released nine highly praised recordings as a leader: "Focus Point" (2005), "Awareness" (2006), and the highly acclaimed "Universal Mind" featuring Drew Gress and Jack Dejohnette (2012) for Ravi Coltrane's RKM Music label. "Pathways" in 2008, The "Infancia" Project in 2012, and “Links” in 2013 were recorded for Criss Cross Jazz. His project "Twenty - Two", with the “Controlling Ear Unit” was released in 2015 on the Hot Tone Music label. This high octane CD unites Luis with bassist/vocalist Mimi Jones and drummer Rudy Royston. The two most recent CD’s: “Montage”; Luis’ first solo piano output and “Spirits and Warriors”; a quintet release for the Criss Cross Jazz label which features drum legend Billy Hart, were released in May 2016. Luis Perdomo has also participated in over 170 recordings as a sideman. As an educator, Luis has taught masterclasses at the Conservatories of Amsterdam and Paris, Vassar College, Oberlin Conservatory, Princeton University, Hochschule Fur Musik und Theater (Munich, Germany), Berklee (Valencia, Spain), IUDEM (Caracas, Venezuela), Esmuva (Madrid, Spain); and the Jazz School in Berkeley, CA among others. He has taught summer jazz camps including the “Jazz in July” at the University of Massachussetts, Langnau Jazz Nights in Switzerland; Banff International Workshop and the University of Manitoba in Canada, Badajoz Jazz Worshop in Spain; Universidad EAFIT in Medellin; Tonica Jazz Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico and the Guimaraes Jazz Workshops in Portugal, among others.In 2016, Mr Perdomo served as the artistic director of the Langnau Jazz Workshops in Switzerland.Luis has also taught at the New School for Social Research, and currently serves as an adjunct piano professor at Queens College in New York City....