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From the Dominican Republic to New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) for the very first time, Grammy-winning pianist and composer Michel Camilo gives a rare solo piano concert of his critically acclaimed songs, including "Caribe," "From Within" and "Why Not!" Camilo's show, Michel Camilo: Solo Piano at NJPAC is part of the TD Bank Jazz Series and will be on the Newark stage on Sunday, April 17th at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Tickets are $55.

Michel Camilo has enjoyed a three-decade career of touring and recording with trios, big bands and symphonic orchestras in the styles of jazz, Latin jazz, popular and world music. The composer, bandleader, and pianist extraordinaire has emerged as one of the most innovative and exciting musicians of his generation for his brilliantly crafted and critically acclaimed recordings, the latest titled What's Up?

Camilo is known for his appearances in the films Calle 54 and Two Much. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fernando Trueba, who featured Camilo in Calle 54, says: "Michel Camilo is one of the top all-around musicians. Whether it's jazz, classical, Latin American music or film music, Michel is in his element. Every time I see him play, I feel like I'm witnessing a miracle." Camilowon a Grammy Award in Best Latin Jazz Album for Live at the Blue Note, as well as a Latin Grammy Award in Best Classical Album for Rhapsody In Blue. The offspring of a musical family in the Dominican Republic, he has composed works that have been recorded or performed by Paquito D'Rivera, The Manhattan Transfer and Dizzy Gillespie, among many others.

You can also see Michel Camilo on YouTube at the following link:

About New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey - where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state's and the world's best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted more than 10 million visitors (including over 1.5 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. NJPAC is a proud partner of Newark Celebration 350.

NJPAC is located at 1 Center Street, Newark, New Jersey; a short walk from the Newark Penn Station stop by Newark-bound PATH Train or Amtrak. For additional information and up-to-the-minute updates, call 1-888-GO-NJPAC (888-466-5722) and visit their web site:

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Michel Camilo

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