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Dimitris Sevdalis is a piano player and arranger born in Athens, Greece in 1976.

He started playing music at the age of seven, studied classical piano and then Jazz piano at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens. In 1996 he received a scholarship from the Berklee College Of Music, which he graduated from in 1999, with a Diploma in Professional Music and honored with a Magna Cum Laude.

While studying in Berklee, Dimitris got involved with Latin Jazz, which remains his main style today. His influences include Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Keith Jarrett and Robert Glasper.

During his stay in the U.S, he performed at the Harvard Club with Berklee's Tito Puente Ensemble and he also played in many clubs in Boston such as the Regatta Bar, Wally's Cafe, Sofia's, Caprice and the Good Life.

Upon his return to Greece in 2000, he joined the successful Latin Jazz band Grupo Candela and embarked on a tour which covered most of Greece, sponsored by Bacardi rum.

After the aforementioned tour, Dimitris joined the world famous Greek singer Haris Alexiou for two years, both on stage in acclaimed venue in Athens and on a country-wide tour. He also recorded with Haris Alexiou on her double cd "Kerameikos Live".At the same time Dimitris performed all over Greece with two Latin bands, Manocuba and Cubana Bop.

In 2005, he released his personal Latin Jazz CD entitled " HABANA VIEJA" which is a collaboration between Greek and Cuban musicians. With that group, Dimitris participated in many festivals and played as a support group for Issac Delgado's concert in Greece. He was also the piano player of the Guru Big Band which he participated with at the European Jazz Festival of 2005.

In 2006, Dimitris joined accordeonist Zoe Tiganouria and embarked on a tour in Greece and all over Europe. Also he played with her as a support group for James Brown concert in Athens.

In 2009, he played with his Latin - Jazz Sextet at the Athens Concert Hall for the " Jazz Day " concert and on April 2010 he performed again with his group for the " Habana Night " concert.

Also he was playing with special guests from New York such us, two times Grammy award nominee, violinist Alfredo De La Fe, Grammy award nominee trombonist Jimmy Bosch, timbalero Chino Nunez, etc.
He is also gigging heavily all over Greece with Yiorgos Fakanas group, playing with Dave Weckl, Alex Acuna, Anthony Jackson, Eric Marienthal, Birelli Lagrene, Greg Howe, Dennis Chambers, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez etc.
On September 2010 he embarked on a tour in Japan and Korea with Yiorgos Fakanas Group, Anthony Jackson and Horacio el Negro Hernandez presenting Anthony Jackson's first personal CD entitled " Interspirit ".

Currently Dimitris is recording his new CD which is in Bolero style combined with Jazz and Neo-Soul sounds.


Last modified on Friday, 17 February 2017 17:21

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