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showcase the fusion of Latin and Caribbean influences into the jazz genre. Since his defection from Cuba, Paquito D'Rivera has taken command of his role as a cross-cultural ambassador, creating and promoting a multinational style that moves from Bebop to Latin to Mozart. D'Rivera is becoming increasingly well-known for his compositions in addition to his extraordinary performing career.

STEPHEN PARISI (b. 1955) was born in Buffalo to music loving parents who started him on piano at the age of seven. By the time he was 10 he had written over 50 compositions. His passion for music and ambition to become a composer led him to the University at Buffalo on a full Fine Arts Scholarship. He studied piano with Yvar Mikhashoff and composition with Leo Smit and obtained a Masters of Fine Arts in Music degree.

He has written numerous works for the Amherst Saxophone Quartet. His first piece commissioned by the ASQ was performed at Carnegie Hall in 1982 and recorded in 1984. His music is characterized by facility, heartfelt melodies, syncopated rhythms, counterpoint, and lush jazz harmonies.

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