Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Aymes, Roberto (Arturo)
Aymes, Roberto (Arturo) , composer, bass, piano, guitar, radio host, author; b. Mexico City, 18 September 1951. His parents were Andres F. Aymes (1914-1990) and Coyo B. Blanchet (1918-1999). Aymes studied at the Mexico City Conservatory of Music, Mexico's Escuela Nacional de Musica, the Conservatory Frederik Chopinin Warsaw, Poland and the Manhattan School of Music where he received a Masters Degree in Composition in 1988.
He has performed throughout Mexico, as well as in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe and Oceania, performing his own works for jazz with orchestra as well as works of Claude Bolling, Astor Piazzola, Lennie Niehaus, David Prior, Phillip Glass, Meyer Kupferman, Graham Collier, Manuel Enriquez, Terry Riley and Jorge Ritter, under conductors including Akira Endo, Eduardo Diazmunoz, Enrique Batiz, Eduardo Mata, Luis Herrera de la Fuente, Sergio Cardenas, Eduardo Alvarez, Enrique Barrios and Luis Samuel Saloma. Since 1978 he has hosted the radio show "Panorama del Jazz," founded by Juan Lopez Moctezuma in 1959. In 1990 he was appointed as Musical Director of the Orchestra of the Latin Festival of New York, premiering several works. In 1996 he founded his own label "Jazzcat Records."
He has worked with leading Mexican jazz and classical soloists as well as soloists Chet Baker, Don Cherry, Jack Wilkins, Richard Williams, Manfred Schoof, Kenny Wheeler, Arturo Sandoval, Bob Wilber, Don Thompson, Paul McCandless, Michel Camilo, Ellen Rowe, Chick Corea, Hugh Fraser, Freddie Hubbard, Michel Petrucciani, Uli Lenz, Dave Valentin, Rainer Brnninghaus, Paquito D'Rivera, Giorgio Gaslini, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Gonzalo Mico, Victor Cuica, Chucho Valdes, Woody Shaw, Buddy DeFranco, Gerry Mulligan, Woody Herman, and many others.
"Tlatelolco Eagle," granted by the Ministry of External Relations. (Foreign Affairs Department) (1978)
"Gold Lire" from the Unique Union of Music Workers in Mexico City (S.U.T.M.)(1989)
Diploma given by the Reporters Union of Music and Dance, for his outstanding efforts in support of art and music (1993)
"Emmy Award of the Television Arts & Science," and "The New York Festivals Prize" (1996)
"Armonia" award delivered by the S.U.T.M. (1997)
Unveiling of a plaque in his honor in the "Musician Square" at S.U.T.M. (Unique Union of Music Workers) (2000)
Awarded with a plaque by Musicians, Critics and Companies, for his program in the Cycle "Jazz on Tuesday" from the Institute of Culture of Mexico City (2001)
Recognition for the last 25 years producing and conducting the radio show Panorama del Jazz (2003)
Cuarteto Blue Note (1976); Jazz Mexicano vol. 1 (1992); Jazz Mexicano vol. 2 (1993); Sin Maquillaje (1994); Anthology vol. 1 (1996); ...de Corazon Latino (Latin Jazz Quintet) (1997); Bridge (1998); Reencuentros (1998); Home Again (1998); Roberto Aymes & Carla White (1999); Moddal Sexxxtet (1999); Anthology vol. 2 & 3 (1999) Downtown Scales (2001); Aqustrio (2001); Roberto Aymes & Freddy Noriega (2001) Bolero Mood (2002); Little Jazzcats (2003); Sancho Brothers Inc: Room Service (2003);
International Jazz Junction (1985(; La Eterna Desventura con Margie Bermejo (1986); Expressions (1994); Jazz a la Mexicana con varios (1996); Portales de Madrugada (1997); Reuento con Betsy Pecanins (1997); Carla White: In Mexico with the Roberto Aymes Trio (1999)
Serie 'Esta Noche Jazz'~"Todos Juntos" y"Roberto Aymes"; broadcast on TV in USA, Mexico and Europe, sold on video (1996)
"Jazz Development in Mexico: A History of Effort and Perseverance Against All Predictions," International Jazz Archives Journal, Vol.II, No. 2, Fall 1999-2000.
Also many articles in the Mexican press.
Joaquin Pardave #22, Circuito Actores,
Cd. Satelite, CP 53100, Naucalpan, Edo. Mex.
525-55-55627587 (also fax)
web site: www.jazzcat.com.mx