Dafnis Prieto

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Dafnis Prieto
Born (1974-07-31) July 31, 1974 (age 44)
Santa Clara, Cuba
GenresJazz, Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, Composer, Bandleader, Educator
InstrumentsDrums
Years active1993–present
LabelsZoho, Dafnison Music
Associated actsDafnis Prieto Big Band, Dafnis Prieto Sextet, Dafnis Prieto Sí o Sí Quartet, Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio
Websitewww.dafnisonmusic.com

Dafnis Prieto (born July 31, 1974) is a Cuban-American drummer, composer, bandleader, and educator.

Career[edit]

In his home town of Santa Clara, Cuba, Prieto studied percussion and guitar. During his teens, he moved to Havana to study at the National School of Music. He concentrated on classical music and Afro Cuban music before paying more attention to jazz. In 1999, when he was twenty-five, Prieto moved to New York City, where he worked with Eddie Palmieri, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Arturo O'Farrill, Dave Samuels, and Michel Camilo, among many others.

Prieto has conducted master classes, clinics, and workshops. From 2005 to 2015, he was a member of the music faculty at New York University. Since 2015 he has taught at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida.

Awards and Honors[edit]

Discography[2][edit]

As Leader:

  • 2018: Dafnis Prieto Big Band Back to the Sunset (Dafnison Music)
    • Honors: Latin GRAMMY Nomination, Best Latin Jazz Album, 2018
  • 2015: Dafnis Prieto Sextet Triangles and Circles (Dafnison Music)
  • 2012: Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio (Dafnison Music)
  • 2009: Dafnis Prieto Sí o Sí Quartet Live at Jazz Standard NYC (Dafnison Music)
  • 2008: Dafnis Prieto Sextet Taking the Soul for a Walk (Dafnison Music)
  • 2006: Dafnis Prieto Absolute Quintet (Zoho Music)
    • Honors: GRAMMY Nomination, Best Latin Jazz Album, 2007
  • 2004: Dafnis Prieto About the Monks (Zoho Music)

As Bandmate:

  • 2016: Roberto Occhipinti Stabilimento (Modica Music)
  • 2015: Iván ‘Melón’ Lewis Ayer y Hoy (Ayva Musica)
    • Honors: Latin GRAMMY Nomination, Best Latin Jazz Album, 2015
  • 2013: Buika La Noche Más Larga (Warner Music Spain)
    • Honors: GRAMMY Nomination, Best Latin Jazz Album, 2014
  • 2012: Román Filiú Musae (Dafnison Music)
  • 2010: Issac Delgado L-O-V-E (Calle 54 Records)
    • Honors: Latin GRAMMY Nomination, Best Latin Jazz Album, 2010
  • 2009: Niño Josele Española (Calle 54 Records/Warner Music Spain)
    • Honors: Latin GRAMMY Nomination, Best Flamenco Album, 2010
  • 2009: Paquito Hechavarría Frankly (Calle 54 Records)
  • 2009: Roberto Occhipinti A Bend in the River (Alma Records/Modica Music)
  • 2008: Arturo O’Farrill & Claudia Acuña In These Shoes (Zoho Music)
  • 2007: Michel Camilo Spirit of the Moment (Telarc)
    • Honors: Latin GRAMMY Nomination, Best Latin Jazz Album, 2007
  • 2007: Kip Hanrahan Beautiful Scars (American Clave)
  • 2007: Elio Villafranca Quartet The Source In Between (Ceiba Tree Music)
  • 2007: Hector Martignon Refugee (Zoho Music)
    • Honors: GRAMMY Nomination, Best Latin Jazz Album, 2008
  • 2006: The Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project Simpático (ArtistShare/Hollistic Music Works)
    • Honors: GRAMMY Award, Best Latin Jazz Album, 2007
  • 2006: Martirio Primavera en Nueva York (Calle 54 Records)
  • 2006: Caribbean Jazz Project Mosaic (Concord Picante)
  • 2006: Roberto Occhipinti Yemaya (Alma Records/Modica Music)
  • 2006: D.D. Jackson Serenity Song (Justin Time Records)
  • 2006: Brian Lynch and Spheres of Influence Spheres of Influence Suite (EWE Records)
  • 2006: Yosvany Terry Cabrera Metamorphosis (Kindred Rhythm/EWE Records)
  • 2006: Conjure Bad Mouth (American Clave)
  • 2005: Peter Apfelbaum & The New York Hieroglyphics It Is Written (ACT Music)
  • 2005: Arturo O'Farrill Live in Brooklyn (Zoho Music)
  • 2004: Bebo Valdés Bebo de Cuba (Calle 54 Records/Sony BMG)
    • Honors: Latin GRAMMY Award, Best Latin Jazz Album, 2005
  • 2004: Steve Coleman and Five Elements Lucidarium (Label Bleu)
  • 2004: Tony Lujan Tribute (Bella Records)
  • 2004: Carlos Barbosa-Lima Siboney (Zoho Music)
  • 2003: Elio Villafranca Incantations/Encantaciones (Ceiba Tree Music/Pimienta Records)
  • 2003: Roberto Occhipinti The Cusp (Alma Records/Modica Music)
  • 2003: Papo Vázquez Pirates Troubadours Carnival In San Juan (Cubop)
  • 2003: Caribbean Jazz Project Birds of a Feather (Concord Picante)
    • Honors: GRAMMY Nomination, Best Latin Jazz Album, 2004
  • 2003: D.D. Jackson Suite for New York (Justin Time Records)
    • Honors: Juno Award Nomination, Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year, 2004
  • 2003: Yerba Buena President Alien (Razor & Tie)
  • 2003: Arturo O'Farrill Trio Cumana (M&I/Pony Canyon)
  • 2002: John Santos and the Machete Ensemble S.F. Bay (Machete Records)
    • Honors: GRAMMY Nomination, Best Latin Jazz Album, 2003
  • 2002: Eddie Palmieri La Perfecta II (Concord Records)
    • Honors: Latin GRAMMY Nomination, Best Latin Jazz Album, 2003
  • 2002: Caribbean Jazz Project The Gathering (Concord Picante)
    • Honors: GRAMMY Award, Best Latin Jazz Album, 2003
  • 2001: Henry Threadgill's Zooid Up Popped the Two Lips (Pi Recordings)
  • 2001: Henry Threadgill & Make a Move Everybodys Mouth’s a Book (Pi Recordings)
  • 2001: D.D. Jackson Sígame (Justin Time Records)
    • Honors: Juno Award Nomination, Best Contemporary Jazz Album - Instrumental, 2002
  • 2001: John Benítez Trio Descarga in New York (Khaeon)
  • 2000: Jane Bunnett & The Spirits of Havana Ritmo + Soul (Blue Note)
    • Honors: Juno Award, Best Global Album, 2001
  • 2000: Roberto Occhipinti Trinacria (Alma Records/Modica Music)
  • 1998: Columna B Enclave (Mas i Mas Records)
  • 1998: Brian Hughes One 2 One (Higher Octave)
  • 1997: Marilyn Lerner In Cuba: Birds Are Returning (Jazz Focus Records)
  • 1997: Los Terry From Africa to Camagüey (Round World)
  • 1997: Hilario Durán Cuban Jazz All Stars Killer Tumbao (Justin Time Records)
  • 1996: Gema y Pável Cosa De Broma (Intuition/Nubenegra)
  • 1995: Andy Palacio Keimoun (Beat On) (Intuition/Stonetree Records)
  • 1994: Carlos Maza Group Zapato Kiko (Owl Records/EMI France)
  • 1993: Ramón Valle Levitando (Ayva Musica)

Dafnis Prieto Music Recorded by Other Artists:

  • 2015: ‘The Triumphant Journey’ recorded by Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Cuba: The Conversation Continues (Motéma Music)
    • Honors: Latin GRAMMY Award, Best Latin Jazz Album, 2016; GRAMMY Nomination, Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, 2016
  • 2009: ‘Trail of Memories’ recorded by Jon Nelson Fable (8bells)
  • 2008: ‘Song for Chico’ recorded by Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Song for Chico (Zoho Music)
    • Honors: GRAMMY Award, Best Latin Jazz Album, 2009
  • 2008: ‘Echo-dimensions’ recorded by Meridian Arts Ensemble Timbrando (Channel Classics Records)
  • 2008: ‘The Guiros Talk’ & ‘Claveteando’ recorded by Ethos Percussion Group Building (Bribie Recordings)
  • 2008: ‘Vida Sin Miel’ recorded by Arturo O’Farrill & Claudia Acuña In These Shoes (Zoho Music)
  • 2003: ‘Against the Law’ recorded by Caribbean Jazz Project Birds of a Feather (Concord Picante)
    • Honors: GRAMMY Nomination, Best Latin Jazz Album, 2004
  • 2002: ‘El Guarachero Intrigozo (The Scheming Party Animal)’ & ‘Masacoteando (In the Groove)’ recorded by Caribbean Jazz Project The Gathering (Concord Picante)
    • Honors: GRAMMY Award, Best Latin Jazz Album, 2003
  • 2001: ‘B. Smooth’ recorded by John Benítez Trio Descarga in New York (Khaeon)

Dafnison Music Discography:

  • 2018: Dafnis Prieto Big Band Back to the Sunset
  • 2018: Kairos Sextet Transition
  • 2015: Dafnis Prieto Sextet Triangles and Circles
  • 2015: Interactivo Que Lindo es el Amor
  • 2013: Charles Flores Impressions of Graffiti
  • 2012: Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio
  • 2012: Román Filiú Musae (Dafnison Music)
  • 2009: Dafnis Prieto Sí o Sí Quartet Live at Jazz Standard NYC (Dafnison Music)
  • 2008: Dafnis Prieto Sextet Taking the Soul for a Walk (Dafnison Music)

Books[edit]

  • 2016: A World of Rhythmic Possibilities: Drumming Lessons and Reflections on Rhythms (Dafnison Music)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff (September 20, 2011). "Dafnis Prieto – Jazz Percussionist & Composer". John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  2. ^ "Discography". Dafnis Prieto / Dafnison Music. Retrieved 2018-09-16.

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