Luis Marin: Latin Piano Styles

Monday / November 16, 2009 / 3:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
United States

As a pianist, Luis Marin is often recruited to record at different musical productions with well-known artists. His services are in demand by the biggest names in the Latin music industry.

Marin has also shared the stage with Latin piano master Eddie Palmieri on various occasions, at Palmieri's own request on important concerts. In the Latin music genre, it is considered a high honor to be acknowledged by Palmieri. 

Marin was born and raised in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, and began studying piano at age 7.

During 1984 he enrolled in Berklee College of Music where he majored in professional music, remaining there until 1986. While living in Boston he had the opportunity to perform with different bands, and was known throughout the city as pianist and arranger. These groups included Caribbean Express (nominated for a Grammy Award in 1987), Herman Johnson's Band (at Ryle's Jazz Club at Cambridge), and Jorge Arce Grupo Humano. Marin's work has been shared in productions for Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, and the United States.

On 2003, Marin toured as a pianist with the celebrated group Fania All Stars. He has been part of important live presentations and recordings with artists such as Palmieri, Tito Puente, Richie Ray, Papo Lucca y Sonora Ponceña, Juan Luis Guerra, Andy Montañez, Cheo Feliciano, Fiel a la Vega, Elvis Crespo, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Rita Moreno, Mario Bauzá, Yuri Buenaventura, Cuto Soto, Luis Garcia, Tony Vega, Humberto Ramirez, Mandy Vizoso, and Gilberto Monroig.

In 1997, after various years playing as a side man, the organizers of the PR Heineken JazzFest invited Marin to make his debut as a leader. Luis Marin New Jazz Group shared the stage that night with saxophonist Joe Lovano and guitarist George Benson.

It was at this successful presentation, in front of a hometown crowd, that Marin was given the chance to express his innermost feelings through his group, delighting the audience with an eclectic repertoire within the tradition of Latin jazz, becoming automatically a powerful force in this category. In 1999 he started the production of his first album as a soloist, Inconsolable, integrating major influences in his style, and rendering a special tribute to one of Puerto Rico's most esteemed singers, Gilberto Monroig. In 2004 Marin released his second album as a soloist, Live at the Nuyorican Cafe, with great reviews.

Marin is also on the staff of the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, participating as jazz piano professor in the recently created Jazz and Caribbean Music Department.