Hilario Durán & His Latin Jazz Band

with Special Guest Jane Bunnett


“From Cuba to Canada with Thanks”


Cuban-born Canadian Hilario Durán is one of the world’s most innovative pianists, composers and arrangers of Afro-Cuban music and Latin Jazz, celebrating the 35th year of his artistic career.
This special show and tour of Afro-Cuban music and Latin Jazz is presented as a “Thank-you to Canada” featuring a tribute to the long creative partnership between Hilario Durán and his special guest Jane Bunnett.
The electrifying instrumental and vocal performances of this outstanding 13-piece band present a new repertoire of Cuban-Canadian compositions and arrangements created by Hilario and Jane, celebrating the fusion of cultures.



“A sold-out event sponsored by JAZZ.FM91, the venues atmosphere was filled with a
cascade of notes, mesmerizing grooves, tantalizing rhythms and magnificent performances.

—Danilo Navas, Latin Jazz Network


See Review & Slideshow of Royal Theatre Concert, Toronto Sept. 25, 2010



A landmark show—with roots in Cuba, but created in Canada—the repertoire extends in new directions a wide range of traditions in Afro-Cuban music, Latin Jazz and Canadian Jazz.
Hilario Durán’s original compositions reflect influences from a wide range of Jazz styles (Stan Kenton, Quincy Jones), Latin Jazz (Perez Prado, Dizzy Gillespie, Mario Bauzá, Tito Puente, Chico O’Farrill, Chucho Valdés), traditional and very modern Cuban melodies and rhythms, Afro-Cuban prayers influenced by gospel harmonies, Latin-American standards, Spanish styles, Flamenco-influenced melodies and Argentinean traditions.

Dont Miss the Bands Western Canadian Jazz Festival Tour. June 2011!

With the support of a Canada Council Music Touring Grant





Hilario Durán Bio


Cuban-Canadian Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Bandleader, Educator


One of the world’s most innovative creators

of Afro-Cuban music & Latin Jazz




“Hilario Durán is an unparalleled pianist, as well as being a composer and arranger

of the first order…one of the greatest Cuban pianists of the 20th century”.

Chucho Valdés


    Latin Jazz Corner wrote that Hilario is one of the world’s “contemporary Cuban

pianists that moved jazz into the 21st century”



Two JUNO Award 2010 nominations for the Hilario Durán Trio album “Motion” (Alma/Universal Records). Best Contemporary Jazz album of the Year & Recording Engineer of the Year. Named #1 Latin Jazz Best Recording of 2010 by Latin Jazz Network.
Grammy nomination in 2007 for his Latin Jazz Big Band album, “From The Heart”, (Alma/Universal Records) featuring Paquito D’Rivera and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez. Juno Award Winner (Canadian Grammy equivalent) “Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year”.
Won two JUNO and over a dozen National Jazz Awards in Canada
Honoured with prestigious 2007 Chico O’Farrill lifetime achievement award in Miami for his outstanding contributions to Afro-Cuban jazz and Latin Jazz. Awarded “Premio EGREM” for Best Arranger of the Year 1982-83—one of Cuba’s most prestigious music prizes
Performed with Cuba’s legendary “Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna”. Invited by former leader Chucho Valdés to replace him as pianist when he started the famous group Irakere.
Arranger, pianist, musical director with Arturo Sandoval for nine years, touring worldwide.

Performed with “greats” Dizzy Gillespie, Michel Legrand, among many others
Performed with and studied composition and arranging at Amadeo Roldan conservatory and under the musical directors of some of Havana’s great cabaret and theatre orchestras
Created extensive library of original compositions/arrangements.
Adjunct piano professor and ensemble director in jazz faculty at Humber College, Toronto, Ontario
Born 1953, Havana, Cuba. Immigrated in 1998 to Toronto, Canada. Named one of the 10 most influential Hispanic Canadians in 2009


Performance Formats


Hilario Durán 13-piece Latin Jazz Band & Special Guest Jane Bunnett. Afro-Cuban & Latin Jazz Hilario Durán 20-piece Latin Jazz Big Band. Grammy-nominated. Afro-Cuban & Latin Jazz Hilario Durán Trio. Contemporary Afro-Cuban, Latin Jazz and Modern Jazz

Hilario Durán Havana Remembered. The sound and savor of the “Golden Age” of Old Havana

Hilario Durán. Solo piano and duos of Cuban Classics, Latin Jazz.

Hilario Durán. Theatrical Music composition, performance and accompaniment



Special Guest Jane Bunnett

Soprano Sax & Flute


       Distinguished Canadian soprano saxophonist, flutist, and composer drawing on her work of the past 25 years exploring the traditions of Afro-Cuban music and Latin Jazz
Since Jane Bunnett’s first trip to Cuba in 1982, she has immersed herself in Cuban culture, reflecting in her music the mixture of Caribbean and African elements.
Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies express the universality of music and her ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking.
Two Grammy Award nominations, (Best Latin Jazz Recording 2002 for Alma de Santiago and 2003 for Cuban Odyssey)
Juno Award winner Best Contemporary Jazz Album 2009 for “Embracing Voices” and in 2006 for “Radio Guantanamo Blues Project - Vol. I.” Numerous Juno Award nominations
Winner at Canada’s Urban Music Awards for Best Global Recording in 2003 for Cuban Odyssey
Order of Canada in 2004 for her outstanding achievement and service to the country or to humanity at large


Thirteen-piece Latin Jazz band includes the following top Canadian jazz musicians.


Hilario Durán

Pianist & Musical Director

Jane Bunnett

Special Guest: Soprano Sax and Flute

Luis Deniz

Alto Sax

Jeff King

Tenor Sax

Pol Coussee

Tenor & Baritone Sax

Alexander Brown


Dave Dunlop


Christopher Butcher


Francisco “Paco” Luviano


Ahmed Mitchel


Joaquin Hidalgo


Yailen Dun


Luis Mario Ochoa



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