Marvin Diz

Marvin Diz Band at LP

LP endorser Marvin Diz came to the LP® studio to perform one of his compositions.  Appearing with Marvin -- who played timbales, conga and bata --   was Pedro "Pedrito" Martinez on conga and bata; Marshall Gilkes on trombone; Schlomi Cohen on alto sax; Pablo Vergara on keyboard; and Panagiotis Andreou on bass.

Percussionist Marvin Diz was born and raised in Havana, Cuba, where he pursued primary and secondary musical education prior to embarking on an extensive professional career.  Diz performed with Latin jazz outfit Latin Project, the Nubiola Sisters' Cuban son band, and Bakuleye Orchestra in Cuba.  After leaving Cuba, Marvin had the opportunity to work and further develop his craft alongside a number of diverse artists, such as Cuban son songstress Miriam Bayard, legendary Mexican composer and vocalist Armando Manzanero while in Mexico.  During his time in Costa Rica, Marvin performed with Tropicana International Orchestra, Conjunto Chocolate, experimental outfit Canto America, and Checo D' Avila's Jazz quintet, among others.  In Argentina Diz showcased more of his versatility in his work with rock band Rescate.

Marvin Diz is currently living and performing in New York City, where he has established himself as a percussionist through his work with local Cuban groups such as Yordamis Band, Carlos Boys Band, Son Tabaneras, Bobby Carcasses, and the Ileana Santamaria Orchestra.  Diz has also recorded with a number of major artists, such as fellow Cuban percussion and vocal phenom Pedro Martinez, Brian Lynch, whose two recent albums have also featured Latin music giants Eddie Palmieri and Giovanni Hidalgo, and Colombian harp star Edmar Castaneda, on his recent release.  Marvin is also working on his own recording project, his first to date, which will feature outstanding artists such as Pedro Martinez,Yosvany Terry, Richie Flores, Paquito D' Rivera, Mauricio Herrera, Claudette Sierra, and Pablo Vergara, among others

In addition to a remarkable career as percussionist and recording artist, Marvin 
Diz is also earning credits as an author; currently working on his first book, titled The History and Evolution of Cuban Percussion, he will trace the development of Cuban percussion patterns and techniques from their origins to present-day practices.

Having proven time and again to be a versatile and enterprising self-starter, this blazing talent will certainly continue to make his musical mark on the New York scene and around the world, wherever his fruitful involvement with many successful projects may lead.

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