85 West Newton Street
Accomplished on the trombone and a noted composer and arranger, William Cepeda comes from a well-known Puerto Rican family rooted in music. He developed a unique style that he calls "Afrorican Jazz"—a fusion of jazz with the folk music he grew up with.
Studying at Berklee and Queens College connected Cepeda to great jazz musicians and taught him the complexities of jazz improvisation and composition. He also played with and learned much from Dizzy Gillespie, a key figure in Latin jazz, and from African music star Miriam Makeba.
In 1997, Cepeda was selected as one of the most important and influential Puerto Rican composers. He has won awards and grants from Meet the Composer and American Composers Forum, among others. He is currently on faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.
For this event, which is part of the Tito Puente Latin Music Series, Cepeda will perform with a band comprised primarily of Berklee faculty, students, and alumni.
This concert is presented by Berklee College of Music, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, ParkArts, and the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events.