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Aruán Ortiz, piano
Don Byron, clarinet and saxophone
A vanguard of jazz meets a fast-rising star
As a trailblazing clarinetist, Bronx-born Don Byron is just as at home playing early jazz or funk as he is exploring free improvisation or drawing from classical repertoire—heck, he’s even known for klezmer. So it was kismet to team up with Cuban-born composer Aruán Ortiz, “one of the most versatile and exciting pianists of his generation” (Downbeat), for their 2018 album Random Dances and (A)tonalities [ital], which Billboard named among the 10 best jazz albums of the year. Together, they create “an exhilarating dialogue that transcends generational and geographic boundaries” (Billboard).