"Paz's melodic lines are made with art, his lyricism does not fit anything you anticipate listening to, having the ability to surprise."
- Jazz Trail
Hery Paz is a saxophonist and visual artist from Cuba. He has won the acclaim and respect of legendary jazz musicians such as Fred Hersch. Who called him "... a revelation, a musician of extraordinary strength". At the heart of his artistic vision we find a resolute dedication to expand his cultural philosophy, crystalizing an amalgam of expressions between improvisation, visual arts and contemporary composition. His solos are imbued with a depth of purpose, a sense of patience and a willingness to venture into the unknown. Paz is an integral element of the creative music scene in New York City. Where he has worked with artists such as Francisco Mela, Ralph Alessi, Fred Hersch, Dave Liebman, Thomas Morgan, George Garzone, Kris Davis, Ethan Iverson, Miguel Zenón, Tom Rainey, Gerald Cleaver and Joe Morris... As a painter Hery is a published cover artist for IRAZÚ RECORDS, RED PIANO RECORD and PYROCLASTIC RECORDS (Kris Davis/Craig Taborn “Octopus”). In addition he was the commissioned artist for the 4th Season of the prestigious NEWVELLE RECORDS label, involving artist like Tim Berne, Dave Liebman, Hank Roberts, Kenny Werner and Bill Frisell.
EDUCATION: MA degree from the New England Conservatory (Boston) and active professor for the New England Conservatory Jazz Lab and the University of Maine Jazz Camp in Farmington.
“Hery is an excellent jazz saxophonist and a great example of crossing over artistic borders. His work inspires on several levels: imagination, discipline, intriguing and full of energy... in other words pure beauty.”
- Dave Liebman
"...Excellent, Interesting... Paz’s playing is rich in varied stylistic elements and endowed with a truly remarkable expressiveness"
- All About Jazz
"…a spicy soloistic mill, his rasping tone cuts across the line between form and freedom with knife-edge precision"