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Title: Paquito D’Rivera Music Manuscripts and Photograph

Collection Date(s): 1988-2000

Extent and Forms of Material: .33 cubic feet (1 box)

Creator: Paquito D’Rivera

Abstract: The collection consists of three music manuscripts created by Paquito D’Rivera, Cuban-born musician and composer and a photograph.

Repository: Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 202-633-3270

Collection Number: AC0891

Processing Note: Processed by Sarah Allan (volunteer), 2008; supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons.



Conditions Governing Access: The collection is open for research use.

Physical Access: Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use: Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use. All duplication requests must be reviewed and approved by Archives Center staff.

Preferred Citation: Title and date of item, Paquito D’Rivera Music Manuscripts and Photograph, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, box number X, folder number XX, digital file number XXXXXXXX.



Biographical History: Paquito D’Rivera, born in 1948, is a Cuban musician and composer of both jazz and classical music. He plays both the clarinet and the alto saxophone. In his teen years, D’Rivera became a founding member of the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna, directing the group for two years. At the same time, he played both the clarinet and saxophone with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. D’Rivera was also a founding member and co-director of the musical group Irakere, a band that played a mixture of jazz, rock, classical and traditional Cuban music. In 1980, he sought asylum in Spain at the United States Embassy. He moved to New York and played with Dizzy Gillespie’s last big band.

D’Rivera has won several Grammy award, including Best Latin Jazz Album in 2003 and 2008 and best classical album at the Latin Grammy awards in 2003 and 2005. In addition, D’Rivera was nominated for Grammy awards in 1979 and 1980. He received the National Medal for the Arts in 2005 and was named one of the 2005 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters. D’Rivera is also a composer of music. In 2007, he received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition. He also received the 2007-2008 appointment as Composer-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. D’Rivera’s compositions reflect his widespread musical interests combining Afro-Cuban rhythms and melodies with classical origins.

Scope and Content Note: The collection consists of three music manuscripts created by D’Rivera including A Song ofPeace commissioned by the New York Festival of Songs for its annual concert series in 2000. Annie Colina wrote the lyrics for this song. There are also two other music manuscripts including I Remember Diz written by D’Rivera for Dizzy Gillespie shortly after his death. A photograph of D’Rivera’s birthday celebration with Dizzy Gillespie in 1988 can also be found among these materials. The materials are arranged in chronological order.

System of Arrangement: The collection is arranged in three folders.

Acquisition Information: Paquito D’Rivera donated the collection to the Archives Center in 2005.

Related Archival Materials: The collection complements materials in the Latino Music Collection, Tito Puente Papers, Chico O’Farrill Papers, Mongo Santamaria Papers and Dizzy Gillespie Collection.

Related Artifacts: The Museum’s Division of Music, Sports, and Entertainment holds artifacts related to this collection including a Panama hat, white tuxedo, and D’Rivera’s first clarinet, accession number: 2005.3048.

Access Points:

D’Rivera, Paquito
Colina, Annie
Gillespie, Dizzy

Cuban Americans
Jazz composers
Jazz performers
Musicians -- United States
Musicians -- Cuba
Jazz musicians -- United States
Music -- 20 th century

New York (N.Y.)
Bergen (N.J.)

Manuscripts -- Music--20 th century
Photographs -- 1980-2000
Photoprints -- Silver gelatin









Photograph of birthday celebration with Dizzy Gillespie, 1988



I Remember Diz, music manuscript, 1993



Portraits of Cuba, music manuscript, 1996



A Song for Peace, music manuscript, 2000


Revised: November 12, 2009