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Nestor Torres

Jazz flutist Nestor Torres was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where he was inspired by people like Cal Tjader, Dave Brubeck, and Tito Puente. He began studying flute at age 12. Torres' father, a talented musician, bought him a drum set when he was five. His playing incorporates a smorgasbord of Latin jazz, pop, straight-ahead jazz, and classical styles. After high school, he moved to New York with dreams of finding work with a profusion of Latin jazz bands. After realizing his skills as a flutist needed more honing, he enrolled in Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory or Music. He also studied with John Wummers at the Mannes School of Music. In 1977, he graduated and returned to New York City, heady with his new diploma. He sat in with his mentors like Puente and Eddie Palmieri but also worked with a variety of lesser-known charanga (traditional Cuban) groups. In New York, Torres recorded three solo albums that were praised in the underground but not commercially successful.

In 1981, he hooked up with a Latin act called Hansel and Raul and moved to Miami, where he's been based ever since. Torres was immediately accepted into the city's vibrant salsa scene, and he's spent much of his time since then lecturing and performing on the college circuit in south Florida, as well as performing regularly at festivals and clubs in and around Miami.

In 1989, Torres signed a multi-album contract with Polygram Records and released his first album for Verve/Forecast, Morning Ride, in 1990. It climbed to the top of the contemporary jazz charts to become a Top Ten best-seller. Later that year, he had an accident in a celebrity boat race in Miami, crushing his upper body and damaging his powerful lungs. Then 34, he began a long recovery process before releasing Dance of the Phoenix in August 1991, finding strength by practicing Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism and serving as a member of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI). Torres' brilliant debut is an exotic mix of styles that takes the listener through American, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban jazz. In 1994, Torres recorded Burning Whispers for Sony Latin Jazz, a newly formed label; albums like 1996's Talk to Me and 1999's Treasures of the Heart followed, with the latter recorded for Shanachie. This Side of Paradise appeared in early 2001. ~ Richard Skelly, Rovi
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Saw him in Melbourne, Florida at the King Ctr. Was fantastic! Great concert. If you get the chance, go listen and enjoy!
How can one breathe so beautifully. . . . . . . .
A fan of Nestor Torres but even more after this past mother's day. My son Chris a Miami Children's Chorus alumni took me to a Cantare at New World to listen to MCC and view a video production that he and fellow FSU grad Jessica Portuondo prepared for the event. Nestor played and had a piece named Successors that was simply spectacular! His mom was in the audience and had her move down to front row, dedicated a lovely mothers day song as well honor her with beautiful flowers. UROCKNESTOR!
dmflorida3
Valla !! Nestor is one of the best latin jazz flute player. Very versatile with the flute. Saw him few times in concert in Orlando and Miami FL. God bless his talent
One of my favorite songs by him.
If you have not seen this man in concert,you need to.
Loved his concert so much I went right out and brought his cd all of them
Saw this man in West Palm Beach. What a great show
zegnatwentyo n e
Brandon Wei I just love the Latin flavors he brings to jazz makes it more exciting.
shannonvien
just came from a cruise where he played as a featured artist--his whole band where such a gift to listen to and some of the nicest people ever!!
WONDERFUL cruise!!
This is pretty.
My favorite Latin Jazz Artist! I know his sound anywhere! Proud of our Boricua Roots! Wepaaa!!! You Go Nelson!!!
Nestor is also an awesome person.
This is the most awesome take on jazz I've heard. I love it!
It is not just passion... He lives the music! He is one of my inspirations on playing techniques. I applied his playing techniques while practicing, and, the feeling, is.., wow, undescribabb l e ! ! ! You can feel how the music drives into your own soul..... You can really feel in perfect harmony with the music while playing his style....
Treasures Of The Heart speaks to my soul!
Oh My...Nestor Is a Buddhist...H e belongs to the SGI-USA as does Herbie Hancock, Larry Coryell and numerous other musicians... a n d is heavily in influenced by his practice. Listen to his Song of the Lotus Sutra...most beautiful
You can feel his passion for music
when is the latin jazz king coming to el paso, texas??????
Cindy, Nestor is a Buddhist
famely66
love it
This flute player is marvelous. How good life is by our Creator.
cindy.d.serr a n o
Amazing how God created so many different genres of music to HIS glory! I didn't know that Christian Jazz even existed. Awesome!
Very niiiiiiiiiii i c e ;)
missyboricua
He is great! I love his music, it inspires me in so many ways. Fantastic, que viva la musica.
clare_arnold
nestor is definectly one of my favorite
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hiland_r
nestor is definectly one of my favorite
lovely "davids grace" old lady lynn
He's s-o-o-o smooth. His music makes me want to dance all the time!
brivera24
El mulato lindo sabe tocar muy suave. Me encanta mucho. (Brown Sugar Nestor Torres knows how to play so smooth .) He's hot! Of course all us latin are hot. lol
santiagm
Nester Torres is smooth and very good to listen to!
mzadams
I love this latin groove.
spicey and peppy music!!! I love what I've heard thus far!!!!!!!!!
mirafego
cheverisimo! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
lol, just wanna get up and dance to dances, prayers and medetations for the prayers! its beautiful
Wow, pretty good!

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