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Luis Perdomo

Luis Perdomo is one of the most in demand up and coming young pianists on the New York and world music scene. Although Luis mainly considers himself to be a pianist, he prides himself on being a multi-instrumentalist, capable of creative output on a range of instruments including percussion.

Luis was born in Caracas, Venezuela on Febuary 19, 1971 and started playing professionally at age 12, appearing on TV and radio in Venezuela. Luis moved to New York City in 1993 and began studies at the Manhattan School of Music where he received his undergraduate degree in jazz performance in 1997 and studied with jazz pianist Harold Danko and classical pianist Martha Pestalozzi. He obtained his Masters degree from Queens College where Luis was a private student of the legendary pianist Sir Roland Hanna.

In addition to leading his own group, Luis plays with bandleaders such as John Patitucci, Ravi Coltrane, Brian Lynch, Claudia Acuña, Butch Morris, John Benitez, Marlon Simon, Miguel Zenon, Dafnis Prieto and is a current member of Ray Barretto’s New World Spirits and the acclaimed latin jazz band Timbalaye, led by Ralph Irizarry. He has also played with many greats of Jazz and Latin music such as Henry Threadgill, Roy Hargrove, Steve Turre, James Moody, Al Foster, Dave Valentin, Ralph Peterson, Brian Blade, La India, Greg Osby, David Sanchez, Frank Lacy, Jerry Gonzalez, Bobby Watson, Avishai Cohen, Stefon Harris, Yosvany Terry, Candido Camero, and Jose Alberto "El Canario" among others.

Luis' own trio performs at venues such as the Jazz Gallery in New York and other leading clubs and includes members such as Jeff "Tain" Watts, James Genus, Hans Glawishnig, and Jeff Ballard.

He has also been featured on many recent recordings including the recent release "Descarga in New York", from bandleader and bassist John Benitez. Several of Luis’ compositions can be heard on the CD. He also appears on Marlon Simon’s CD "Rumba a la Patato", as well as the self titled "Ralph Irizarry and Timbalaye" and on "Best Kept Secret", the newest CD by Timbalaye where he is also featured as a composer.

Luis has performed at some of the leading jazz festivals and clubs throughout the world including The North Sea Jazz Festival, The Umbria Jazz Festival, The JVC Jazz Festival, The San Francisco Jazz Festival, The Jazz Wind 2000 Jazz Festival (Furano, Japan), The Blue Note, The Iridium, Yoshi’s, Scullers, and Copenhagen’s JazzHouse.

In 1998 Luis won 3rd prize at the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida. Luis continues to perform worldwide with many of today’s leading jazz groups.