"Olivia Revueltas...one of America's best jazz pianists"
Mike Greenberg, Senior Critic, "San Antonio Express News" August, 2001.
Olivia was born in Mexico City, July 17,1951.
Olivia Revueltas, a rebellious self-taught musician, went completely against the norm and became one of Mexico's premiere jazz performers, despite the fact that she was a Latin American woman jazz instrumentalist in a predominantly male field--not an easy road to travel.
Olivia was beginning studies at the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica when,
literally, Jazz crossed her way. One day while walking back home from the Conservatorio, she heard a rehearsal of powerful music from a jazz club in La Zona Rosa...and exploded with excitement. She got in and asked the musicians "What are you playing?" They answered: "Jazz!" It was the turning point in her life.
Since that moment she knew jazz was going to be her life's work. Unfortunately, the realization of Olivia's aspirations was obstructed; her mother was so devastated by Olivia's decision that she placed Olivia in a boarding school to remove her from the "sinful" world of jazz. It was years later, at the age of 23, and having give birth to three beautiful children (Vina, Kayani and Julio) that Olivia seriously set her hands on the piano again and started teaching herself to play jazz, by closely listening -in the middle of her house-wife-mother chores- to recordings by Coltrane, Horace Silver, Mingus, Miles Davis, Oliver Nelson, whose music and spirit had a profound influence on her fractured musical development.
Olivia,s group, "Naima", rose to the top with performances at all of the major Mexican universities as well as at Sala Netzahualcoyotl and Sala Manuel M. Ponce of the Palacio Nacional de Bellas Artes.
Her years at "Casa del Lago" (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico) where she conducted and organized a weekly jazz events during 7 uninterrupted years, her daily performances of 5 years at "El Chato Jazz Club" and the New Orleans Jazz Restaurant of Mexico City made history.
In 1988 Olivia moved to the United States and settled in San Antonio, Texas.
She had to wait 5 years without playing to get her permission to work and her permanent residence established, once her papers were ready, she started playing again (from 1994) at the most important Museums of San Antonio as well Trinity University and UTSA. She rose to the top again. In 1999 the San Antonio Express-News named Olivia Revueltas as one of the most influential artist of that city.
Olivia became an American Citizen, August 24th, 2000.
"Angel of Scissors"
Recorded in Los Angeles Ca.
All Arrangements by Olivia Revueltas.
Producer: William R. Simcock
Illustrated by Mexican Painter: Rafael Cauduro
Published in 2001 to the Memory of legendary drummer
Olivia Revueltas is mentioned several times in two books
published in Mexico:
"DATOS PARA UNA HISTORIA AUN NO ESCRITA"
UNA APROXIMACION AL JAZZ EN MEXICO 1994
by Alain Derbez
Editorial Ponciano Arriaga
"EL JAZZ EN MEXICO"
DATOS PARA UNA HISTORIA -2001
By Alain Derbez
Editorial Fondo de Cultura Economica.
There is a Plaquette called
UNA ENTREVISTA DE SERGIO MONSALVO -2000
Editorial Doble A - Serie JAZZ/4
The "San Antonio Express News" published a
main interview on October 1, 1997 (Wednesday)
with Olivia Revueltas named:
"THE SPIRIT OF JAZZ"
"SOULFUL SPIRIT, JAZZ PIANIST PERFORMS
WITH HUGE HUMAN SOUL"
By Elda Silva.
"Olivia Revueltas, an artist of great stature of which the fundamental virtue is her meticulous work of "preciosismo", she gives herself in soul and body to the most pure and noble esthetic conviction"
Flor Maria Vargas "The Chihuahua News" October 2002
"One of the great figures of Mexican Culture, composer and jazz pianist Olivia Revueltas, confirms her giant esthetic stature with this live concert at the Ollin Yolistly Concert Hall"
Pablo Espinosa, "La Jornada News" Mexico City, June, 02, 2000.
"Olivia Revueltas...one of America's best jazz pianists"
MIke Greenberg, Senior Critic, San Antonio Express News" August 2001
"Revueltas, from Mexico City, taught herself how to play jazz piano because she grew up at a time when jazz-playing wasn't consider "Ladylike". Had she been around the American rock scene in the '50s, Revueltas' energy and percussive keyboard attack likely would have given piano heroes such as Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard the flutters. In the Jazz realm, Revueltas has developed a unique approach to composition and delivery. When she sits down at the piano, her joy is infectious."
Jim Beal Jr. "San Antonio Express News" July 1997
"There is everything spiritual in the mainstream jazz of pianist Olivia Revueltas, whose trio gave a taut, stylish and unremittingly beautiful concert last weekend at Trinity University"
Mike Greenberg, Senior Critic, "San Antonio Express News"March, 1996.
"The Abbey Lincoln Quartet and the Olivia Revueltas Trio closed out the 18th Carver Jazz Festival on Saturday, and did so on elegant and sophisticated notes.
Of the 88 keys on a piano, Olivia Revueltas left very few of them unplayed during her opening sets. Revueltas, from San Antonio by way of Mexico City, and her band, took the audience on a mainstream-jazz ride replete with fiery improvisation"
Jim Beal Jr. "San Antonio Express News" August 1995
"Encore! One of San Antonio's most wonderful Mexican imports shone here Sunday afternoon. Olivia Revueltas, niece of the late, great Mexican Composer Silvestre Revueltas, is a brilliant musician in her own right. Sunday, she and her trio, positively electrified a jazzy crowd at the McNay Art Museum...San Antonio has her for good, Bravo!"
Susan Yerkes "San Antonio Express News" February 1995
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