Deborah De La Torre, Cuban-American Latin Jazz Pianist Composer
The Crocodile, like the Island it symbolizes, is a strong and surprising creature, a creature that lays low for a while, but violently fights back when cornered and confined. This music sure breaks a few rules and purposely "does it wrong" on some occasions. It's postmodern and disruptive. Crocodiles live in the water and on land at the same time. Being a Miami native of Cuban and multicultural heritage, my music lives on many hyphens as well. Her album title’s first word means “Damn!” in Cuban Spanish, a word you might say as you try to dance to some of the tunes when the rhythm breaks your ankles.
Deborah De La Torre has an award-winning music career as a pianist, music composer/arranger, instructor, classical performer, Latina/o art festival founder, documentary film producer and recording artist/producer.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Miami, Florida, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Regis University in Denver.
She is passionate about Caribbean, Latin American and Spanish/Iberian musicology, and performs under the name of "La Cocodrila" (the lady crocodile) on account of her fierce playing style.
¡Coño! (But With A Swing) (c) October 2018 DLT Creative Productions LLC. Composed, arranged, performed and produced by Deborah De La Torre, pianist.
With: Thomas A. Blomster, master percussionist, who has worked with giants such as Aaron Copland, Elliot Carter, and Krystof Penderecki, conducted numerous orchestras, and also writes and plays with jazz and rock bands, as well as the renown Ron Bland on bass, who has performed with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Doc Severinson, and Earth Wind and Fire, Linda Ronstadt, Pavarotti, Rosemary Clooney, and numerous symphony orchestras. Also many thanks to Patricia Surman (flute), Dave DeMichelis (electric guitar), Rodney Farrar (cello), Randy Runyan (trumpet).
Special thanks to recording engineer Tyler Reed Hayden and mastering by Justin Davis at Rocky Mountain Recorders, which hosted the album's release party.
Read more about Deborah's teaching experience here.