2-time GRAMMY-nominated Drummer, Composer, Bandleader, Educator and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Dafnis Prieto joins the show for the first time!
Since his arrival to New York in 1999 from Cuba, Prieto has worked in bands led by Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Eddie Palmieri, Chico and Arturo O’Farrill, Dave Samuels and The Caribbean Jazz Project, Jane Bunnett, D.D. Jackson, Edward Simon, Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdés, Bebo Valdés, Roy Hargrove, Don Byron, and Andrew Hill, among others.
In 2006, Prieto received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album for his album “Absolute Quintet”. He also received a Latin GRAMMY nomination for Best New Artist in 2007.
In 2011, Prieto was named a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow with his citation reading: “Electrifying audiences with dazzling technical abilities and rhythmically adventurous compositions while infusing Latin jazz with a bold new energy and sound.”
Prieto is the founder of the independent music company Dafnison Music. He was a faculty member of Jazz Studies at NYU from 2005 to 2014, and in 2015 became a faculty member at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.
In 2016 Prieto published the critically acclaimed drumming instructional book, “A World of Rhythmic Possibilities: Drumming Lessons and Reflections on Rhythms”.
A leader of seven acclaimed albums, his most recent album release is “Back to the Sunset” with the Dafnis Prieto Big Band, collaborating with GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY-winning producer Eric Oberstein and joined by special guests Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, and Brian Lynch.
We talk about his early development in Cuba, his compositional style and influences, working with some of the top latin jazz and jazz musicians in the world, his 2016 drumming instructional Book “A world of rhythmic possibilities”, his latest album “Back to the Sunset” and much, much more!