February 26, 2013
Written by Lindsay Bradshaw
He performed with the Havana Symphony Orchestra by the time he was 12. He boasts a nomination for both a Grammy and an Emmy Award and received the American Heritage Award last year for his accomplishments and contributions to the United States.
Latin Jazz pianist Nachito Herrera continues Texas Tech University’s Presidential Lecture & Performance Series at 7 p.m. March 1 in the Allen Theatre on the university campus.
Herrera joined the jazz group ¡Cubanismo! in 1996 as its lead pianist, arranger and music director, and played in the many of the world’s finest concert halls and prestigious festivals.
Herrera continued performing with other notable artists after working with ¡Cubanismo!, including Michel Camillo, Michael Tainer, Tata Quines, Carlos de Puerto, Tito Fuentes, Oscar de Leon, Giovanni Hidalgo, Emilio del Monte, Jesus Alenany, Chick Corea, Doc Severinsen and McCoy Tyner.
Since touring the United States in 2009 as a member of the Afro-Cuban All Stars, he has appeared at the Omaha Jazz & Blues Festival, St. John’s University in Minnesota, and the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. Herrera has received two Grammy nominations as part of his work with ¡Cubanismo!, and was a recipient of 25 on the Rise – Hispanic Leaders by the Minnesota Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The Minnesota Music Awards named him Best Latin Artist, and City Pages named him Best Jazz Artist of the Twin Cities.
Herrera earned a master’s degree in music from Superior Institute of Art in Havana, Cuba and now teaches at the MacPhail School of Music in Minneapolis.
A meet-and-greet and CD signing with Herrera will take place following his performance.
General admission tickets are $15 and are available through all Select-A-Seat locations.
Call (806) 770-2000 or visit www.selectaseatlubbock.com. Texas Tech students receive one free ticket with a valid student ID at the Student Union Building information booth, located at the entrance of the Allen Theatre of Texas Tech.
Community outreach for this program was funded in part by the Sybil B. Harrington Endowment for the Arts of the Lubbock Area Foundation.
The Presidential Lecture & Performance Series strives to enrich the Texas Tech academic and cultural experience by bringing leading scholars and artists together with the university's distinguished faculty, students and staff to exchange expertise, research and talents.