Pianist and jazz vocalist Harry L. Rios, Jr. continues to excel in his artistic endeavors covering a wide range of repertoire from Johann Sebastian Bach to Aaron Copland. In May of 2011, Harry completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at Stetson University as a student of internationally renowned pianist Dr. Michael Rickman and a William E. Duckwitz Talent Scholar and Stetson Piano Scholar. Additionally, he studied composition at Stetson with Dr. Manuel DeMurga, piano improvisation with Harold Blanchard and organ with Dr. Boyd Jones. Harry began his formal training with pianist Drucilla Engel and vocalist Carla Delvillaggio at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida.
At the age of seven, when playing his first notes on the piano, Harry quickly learned that he wanted to be a pianist performing in the styles of Jazz, Latin and classical music. Growing up in New Orleans, he was exposed to a wide array of jazz forms ranging from Ragtime to bebop, ballads and fast swing. His Puerto Rican heritage influenced him to blend the styles of salsa and jazz into Latin jazz. Since 2006, Harry has studied and excelled rapidly in Classical music.
With his arranging, teaching and performing, Mr. Rios maintains an active schedule collaborating with musicians throughout Central Florida. As the Music Director and Worship Leader for St. Clare Catholic Church in Deltona, Florida, Mr. Rios is responsible for weekly choir rehearsals, music arrangements and performances. As a private piano instructor, he maintains a following of students in Central Florida teaching beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of piano playing. As a classical and jazz pianist, Harry regularly performs for hotel hospitality, benefits and ceremonies. At Stetson, Rios was a founding member/award winning arranger for the arrangement of “Same Song Medley” of the Hat Trick A Capella ensemble. The Skinny Leo Jazz Trio, founded by Rios and colleagues, Matt Evans and Sonne Bustos, was featured at the 11th annual New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival, 2011. An active composer as well, Rios’ work Spanish Carnival for 2 pianos was premiered in November 2009.
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August 15, 2011