Composer / Pianist / Educator
Born and raised in Havana, Grammy winning pianist and composer Manuel Valera since arriving in NYC has become well known in the modern jazz scene, garnering national reviews and lending his talents as a pianist and composer to such notable artists as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch, Dafnis Prieto, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jeff “Tain” Watts, John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Joel Frahm, Yosvany Terry and classical violin virtuoso Joshua Bell among many others.
The Planets Suite for Jazz Piano Trio.
Commissioned by Chamber Music America in 2017
The Planets - Complete Score
Rapsodia for Jazz Quartet and Woodwind Quintet from the 2007 Recording Vientos
Expectativas for the sextet New Cuban Express recorded in 2013 for the album of the same name
El Nomada is part of the 2007 CMA commissioned Impressions of Expressions for Jazz Quartet + percussion, string quartet and woodwinds
Big band composition for the New Cuban Express Big Band 2017
Migrant Voyage is a piece for 2 pianos commissioned in 2015 by Dranoff 2 Piano foundation
Impressionistic Romance was commissioned in 2014 for the Yosvany Terry's Bohemian Trio
Fantasia para Vientos en 3 partes - Woodwind Quintet in 3 parts
Fantasia Para Vientos en 3 partes