Gonzalo Rubalcaba

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Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Gonzalo Rubalcaba at MIFF (cropped).jpg
Rubalcaba at the Miami International Film Festival in 2015
Background information
Born (1963-05-27) May 27, 1963 (age 55)
Havana, Cuba
Genres Jazz, Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Piano
Years active 1983–present
Labels Blue Note
Associated acts Grupo Proyecto
Website g-rubalcaba.com

Gonzalo Rubalcaba (born May 27, 1963) is a Afro-Cuban jazz pianist and composer.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Rubalcaba was born Gonzalo Julio González Fonseca in Havana, Cuba into a musical family. He adopted his great grandmother's name for professional use, just as did his father Guillermo Rubalcaba (born Guillermo González Camejo) and his grandfather Jacobo Rubalcaba (born Jacobo González Rubalcaba).[3]

Later life and career[edit]

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

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Mi Gran Pasion (Connector/Timba, 1987)
  • Live in Havana (Pimienta, 1989)
  • Giraldilla (Pimienta, 1990)
  • Discovery: Live at Montreux (Blue Note, 1990)
  • Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio at Montreux (Somethin' Else, 1990)
  • The Blessing (Blue Note, 1991)
  • Images (Blue Note, 1992)
  • At Montreux (Artex, 1993)
  • Suite 4 Y 20 (Blue Note, 1993)
  • Diz (Blue Note, 1993)
  • Rapsodia (Blue Note, 1994)
  • Imagine: Live in America (Blue Note, 1994)
  • Concatenacion (Egrem, 1995)
  • Concierto Negro (Egrem, 1995)
  • Flying Colors (Blue Note, 1997)
  • Romantic (EMI, 1998)
  • Gonzalo Rubalcaba (Max, 1998)
  • Antiguo (Blue Note, 1998)
  • Inner Voyage (Blue Note/EMI, 1999)
  • Inicio (Egrem, 2001)
  • Supernova (Blue Note, 2001)
  • Straight Ahead (Yemaya, 2003)
  • Soneros de Verdad Present Rubalcaba Pasado y Presente (Universal Music Latino/Pimienta, 2003)
  • Paseo (Blue Note, 2004)
  • The Trio (Angel, 2005)
  • Solo (Blue Note, 2005)
  • Avatar (Angel, 2008)
  • Faith (5Passion, 2010)
  • XXI Century (5Passion, 2011)
  • Live Faith (5Passion, 2014)
  • Suite Caminos (5Passion, 2015)
  • Tokyo Adagio with Charlie Haden (Impulse!, 2015)
  • Charlie (5Passion, 2015)[4]

As sideman[edit]

With Ignacio Berroa

  • Codes

With Ron Carter

With Juan Luis Guerra

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 Nominee/work Award Result
2000 Antiguo Best Latin Jazz Album[5] Nominated
2002 Supernova Best Latin Jazz Album[6] Nominated
2002 Nocturne (as producer) Best Latin Jazz Album[7] Won
2002 "Oren" Best Instrumental Composition[8] Nominated
2005 Land of the Sun (as producer) Best Latin Jazz Album[9] Won

Billboard Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2002 Supernova Latin Jazz Album of the Year[10] Nominated
2007 Solo Latin Jazz Album of the Year[11] Nominated

Latin Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2002 Supernova Best Latin Jazz Album[12] Won
2005 Paseo Best Instrumental Album[13] Nominated
2006 Solo Best Latin Jazz Album[14] Won
2008 Avatar Best Instrumental Album[15] Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Gonzalo Rubalcaba". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 July 2018. 
  2. ^ Bouchard, Fred (April 1996). Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Imagine. JazzTimes. pp. 72–. Retrieved 18 July 2018. Gonzalo Rubalcaba, now barely 33, has shown world audiences from Montreux to Toronto to Tokyo his extraordinary heady cocktail of Oscar Peterson, Chuco Valdez and McCoy Tyner and Franz Liszt. 
  3. ^ Rubalcaba, Gonzalo (Gonzalo Julio Gonzalez Fonseca) Archived 2015-09-05 at the Wayback Machine.. Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians. Retrieved on July 31, 2015.
  4. ^ "Gonzalo Rubalcaba". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 July 2018. 
  5. ^ "The Nominees for the Grammy Awards". San Francisco Chronicle. January 5, 2000. p. 3. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Complete List Of Grammy Nominees". CBS News. January 4, 2002. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  7. ^ "The 2002 Grammy winners". San Francisco Chronicle. February 28, 2002. p. 1. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Final Nominations for the 44th Annual Grammy Awards". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 114 (3): 91. January 19, 2002. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ McDermott, Tricia (February 13, 2005). "2005 Grammy Award Winners". CBS News. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  10. ^ "2002 Billboard Latin Music Awards". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2002. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  11. ^ "2007 Billboard Latin Music Awards Finalists". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2007. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  12. ^ "The List of Winners". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. September 19, 2002. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Complete list of 6th annual Latin Grammy nominations". USA Today. Gannett Company. November 2, 2005. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Latin Grammy awards Thursday". USA Today. Gannett Company. November 3, 2006. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  15. ^ "9th Annual Latin Grammy Awards". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. September 10, 2007. Archived from the original on October 7, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 

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