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Fabian Almazan


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Pianist/composer Fabian Almazan, a native of Cuba now residing in New York City found his musical roots as a child in his homeland of Habana where he first became involved in the classical piano tradition. When his parents could not afford to pay for private piano lessons, having fled Cuba in political exile to Miami, Florida, classical pianist Conchita Betancourt was gracious enough to impart free lessons for over three years. Thanks to Mrs. Betancourt's exceeding generosity, Fabian was able to audition for the New World School of the Arts High-School in Miami, Fl where he studied from 1998 to 2002 as a classical pianist and later on as a jazz pianist, having first discovered his love of jazz there as a sophomore with the guidance of Rudy Brito and Jim Gasior .

Fabian was selected for the piano chair in the National 2002 Grammy High School Jazz Combo. The following year, Almazan won the piano chair for the newly up and running Brubeck Institute fellowship program based in northern California where he studied with Mark Levine and performed with Dave Brubeck and Christian McBride. In 2003, Fabian moved to New York City to study with Kenny Barron at the Manhattan School of Music. In May 2006 Almazan graduated with a bachelors in jazz piano performance at the Manhattan School of Music where he immersed himself in the realm of orchestral composition studying instrumentation and orchestration with Mr. Giampaolo Bracali. Under Mr. Bracali's tutelage, Almazan composed several pieces for chamber ensembles including the string quartet & jazz piano trio piece entitled "Personalities" which earned Fabian the 2007 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award. In May of 2009 Fabian Almazan received a master's degree at MSM studying with Jason Moran.

Fabian Almazan is now the pianist for Terence Blanchard's quintet and has toured the U.S., Asian, South America and Europe with the group. Almazan has had the opportunity to share the stage with such artists as Gretchen Parlato, Paquito D'Rivera, Kendrick Scott Oracle, Bilal, Jamire Williams & the ERI-MAJ GROUP, Kurt Elling, Ambrose Akinmusire, Raoul Midon and Patti Austin among others.

Firehouse 12 Performances

Chris Dingman's The Subliminal and the Sublime Friday, November 22, 2013, 10:00p
Fabian Almazan Trio Friday, September 16, 2011, 10:00p
Chris Dingman's Waking Dreams Friday, October 15, 2010, 10:00p
Gretchen Parlato Band Friday, October 16, 2009, 10:00p

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