Biography

Miami native, Darwin Noguera is a New York City based pianist, composer, arranger, and educator. He is an emerging voice in the jazz and Latin idioms. With 3 albums as a leader, commissioned works, recordings as a sideman, performances and masterclasses across the United States and the world, Darwin has been stapled a rising star in the new generation of pianists. Born in Managua, Nicaragua, Darwin started formal classical training at Cuban conservatory Horta Institute of Miami. He made his debut with the Miami Symphony Orchestra at 14 years old. He transitioned to study jazz in his early 20’s and now moves swiftly through musical styles, employing equal prowess in composition and jazz improvisation.

His latest project is the “Continuum Trio", a hard hitting modern jazz group, forward-thinking and daring in nature. They have performed in Jazz festivals and jazz clubs in the New York metropolis. Darwin is also the co-founder of CALJE: Chicago:Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble, an acclaimed Latin jazz group under the Chicago Sessions label. He then graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelors in Performing Arts Management and a minor in Business Administration. He continued to earn a masters at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York City with a scholarship. In 2017, he made his Carnegie Hall debut, with Bobby Sanabria. He was then invited to perform for Vice President Joe Biden at a Cancer Awareness event.

Darwin is one of the most in demand pianists working in jazz. He has performed or recorded with Grammy Award winning artists and masters such as; Bobby Sanabria, Paquito D’Rivera, Joel Frahm, Miguel Zenon, Giovanni Hidalgo, John Benitez, Chembo Corniel, Richie Cole, Dave Liebman, Luques Curtis, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Randy Brecker, John Faddis, Ignacio Berroa, Howard Levy, Steve Turre, Papo Vazquez, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Ralph Irizarry, Bobby Allende, Marc Quinones, Candido Camero, among others.

 
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Master Class

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Darwin, coming from a family of educators, he uses his love for Jazz to teach students about Latin, American and world music and culture. He has led master classes in Universities and conservatories across the United States and Central America. After receiving a degree in music business, Darwin has had to opportunity to inspire a new generation of musicians, teaching them about the business aspect of music, career development and entrepreneurship. 

 

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Topics:

  • Jazz Outreach (Lincoln Center)

  • Jazz Piano Technique and Improvisation Concepts

  • The Business of Music

  • Composition and Arranging

  • Latin montunos

  • Piano Kids (Bronx Music Heritage Center)

  • A Journey from Classical to Jazz

 

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Carnegie Hall 

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic as guest conductor | pianist

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC

Embassy of Nicaragua, Washington, D.C.

Nicaragua Jazz Festival

Downbeat Magazine Polls | Rising Star 2018

Chicago Jazz Festival

NJPAC

Recording with Giovanni Hidalgo, John Benitez and Ignacio Berroa | LP Studios NYC

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Summit as Guest Artist

The United Nations  

Millenium Park

Paquito D' Rivera Trio

Induced member | Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band

Induced member | Chembo Corniel Quintet

Induced member | Gilberto Santa Rosa Orchestra, NYC

Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Tour

Malpaso Ballet, Cuba

Peoria Ballet | Greg Ward Jazz Quintet

Harris Theatre

Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Lincoln Center Plaza

Havana, Cuba Tour

Birdland Jazz Club

Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

 

 

 

 

Jazz Piano Lessons

Darwin gives lessons in person or online via Skype. Tell us what your musical goals are, and Darwin will tailor the lesson to fit your focus. Please fill out the form on the contact page, and tell us what you would like to learn. Darwin’s strengths are in jazz harmony, jazz improvisation, Latin and gospel concepts.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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A strong recording debut.
— Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
Fresh and daring and marvelously versatile band, a Latin jazz masterpiece.
— Neil Tesser, The Examiner
Adventurous and Agressive!
— George W. Harris, JazzWeekly
A sensational Jazz recording.
— Nelson Rodríguez, Latin Beat
Always in full command of the rich, harmonic possibilities.
— Jazz Times Magazine
Noguera brings a sense of melody, phrasing, and emotion, that would only be expected from a performer many years his senior.
— All About Jazz
He shapes melodies with intelligent musicality and lush harmonic knowledge.
— Chip Boaz, Latin Jazz Corner
Helping to give all this meaning, Noguera plays with passion and command during solo stints.
— Pierre Giroux, Jazzheads
This is a solid ensemble.
— Grego Applegate Edwards, Cadence Magazine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Discography

 

AS A LEADER:

Blueprints | Chicago Sessions Records

The Gardener | Chicago Sessions Records

Matter of Time | Independent Release

 

AS A SIDEMAN: 

West Side Story Reimagined | Jazzheads

Land of the Descendants | Chaworo Records

Jeremy Bosch | Rebel Eleven

I Need You | Opal Staples Records

Handmade | Salsaneo Records

Together | Truth Revolution Records

Young Street | RGY Entertainment

George Lamond 25th Anniversary | Independent Label

Just Practice | Independent Release

Opening Statement | Origin Records

Juego Peligroso | Candlelight Music Group

Out of the Box | Wave Factory 

Infraverde | C L P Records

Cuatro Por Arriba | Novo Records

Yuletide Groove | Tyme Records

This is the Life | Independent Release

London Cool | Independent Release

Giovanni Hidalgo & Friends | LP Studios NYC

Volcano Radar | Delmark Records

 

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