Gonzalo Rubalcaba

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Gonzalo Rubalcaba (born May 27, 1963) is a Grammy Award-winning Afro-Cuban jazz pianist and composer.[1] [dead link] [2][3]

Early life[edit]

Rubalcaba was born Gonzalo Julio González Fonseca in Havana, Cuba into a musical family. He adopted his great grandmother name for professional use, just as did his father Guillermo Rubalcaba (born Guillermo González Camejo) and his grandfather Jacobo Rubalcaba (born Jacobo González Rubalcaba).[4]

Later life and career[edit]

With Orquesta Aragón, Rubalcaba toured France and Africa in 1983.[1] He formed his own Grupo Projecto in 1985.[1]

Discography[edit]

As bandleader[edit]

  • Concierto Negro (1987)
  • Mi Gran Pasion (1987)
  • Live in Havana (1989)
  • Giraldilla (1990)
  • Discovery: Live at Montreux (1990)
  • The Blessing (1991)
  • Images: Live at Mt. Fuji (1991)
  • Suite 4 y 20 (1992)
  • Rapsodia (1992)
  • Imagine (1993)[5]
  • Diz (1993)
  • Concatenacion (1995)
  • Flying Colors (1997) with Joe Lovano
  • Antiguo (1998)
  • Inner Voyage (1999) with Michael Brecker
  • Supernova (2001)
  • Inicio (2001)
  • Nocturne (2001) with Charlie Haden
  • Paseo (2004)
  • Land of the Sun (2004) with Charlie Haden
  • Solo (2006)
  • Avatar (2008)
  • (2010)
  • XXI Century (2011)
  • Volcan (2013)
  • Live Faith (2014)
  • Suite Caminos (2015)

As sideman[edit]

With Ignacio Berroa

  • Codes

With Ron Carter

  • Mr. Bow-tie

With Francisco Céspedes

  • Con el Permiso de Bola

With Chick Corea

With Al Di Meola

With Richard Galliano

  • Love Day

With Charlie Haden

With Katia Labèque

  • Shape of My Heart

With Tony Martinez

  • Habana Vive
  • Mafarefun

With Pat Martino

  • Think Tank

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient / Nominated work Award Result
2000 Antiguo Best Latin Jazz Album[6] Nominated
2002 Supernova Best Latin Jazz Album[7] Nominated
2002 Nocturne (as producer) Best Latin Jazz Album[8] Won
2002 "Oren" Best Instrumental Composition[9] Nominated
2005 Land of the Sun (as producer) Best Latin Jazz Album[10] Won

Billboard Music Awards[edit]

Year Recipient / Nominated work Award Result
2002 Supernova Latin Jazz Album of the Year[11] Nominated
2007 Solo Latin Jazz Album of the Year[12] Nominated

Latin Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient / Nominated work Award Result
2002 Supernova Best Latin Jazz Album[13] Won
2005 Paseo Best Instrumental Album[14] Nominated
2006 Solo Best Latin Jazz Album[15] Won
2008 Avatar Best Instrumental Album[16] Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Huey, Steve. "Biography: Gonzalo Rubalcaba". AMG. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  2. ^ JazzTimes April 1996 - Page 72 "Gonzalo Rubalcaba, now barely 33, has shown world audiences from Montreux to Toronto to Tokyo ... exquisitely concentrated, introspective solos (Lennon's "Imagine," his "Circuito II" and "Mima")"
  3. ^ Billboard - 17 Feb 1996 - Page 87 GONZALO RUBALCABA Imagine: Gonzalo Rubalcaba In The USA PRODUCER: Gonzalo Rubalcaba Blue Note 30491 Despite his seeming ubiquity on the traditional jazz scene, Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba was barred from these shores..."
  4. ^ Rubalcaba, Gonzalo (Gonzalo Julio Gonzalez Fonseca). Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians. Retrieved on July 31, 2015.
  5. ^ El malpensante 1998- Page 108 "El título rezaba Imagine: Gonzalo Rubalcaba in the USA (Blue Note 30491); y aunque el término "Imagine" se refiere a la famosa composición de Iohn Lennon —de la cual hay una versión interesantísima allí incluida.. "
  6. ^ "The Nominees for the Grammy Awards". San Francisco Chronicle. January 5, 2000. p. 3. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Complete List Of Grammy Nominees". CBS News. January 4, 2002. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  8. ^ "The 2002 Grammy winners". San Francisco Chronicle. February 28, 2002. p. 1. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Final Nominations for the 44th Annual Grammy Awards". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 114 (3): 91. January 19, 2002. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ McDermott, Tricia (February 13, 2005). "2005 Grammy Award Winners". CBS News. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  11. ^ "2002 Billboard Latin Music Awards". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). 2002. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  12. ^ "2007 Billboard Latin Music Awards Finalists". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). 2007. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  13. ^ "The List of Winners". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). September 19, 2002. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Complete list of 6th annual Latin Grammy nominations". USA Today (Gannett Company). November 2, 2005. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Latin Grammy awards Thursday". USA Today (Gannett Company). November 3, 2006. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  16. ^ "9th Annual Latin Grammy Awards". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). September 10, 2007. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 

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