Born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1971, Luis Perdomo was exposed to just about every style of music by his father, an avid music fan and collector. Drawn to jazz and to the piano at an early age, Perdomo was making regular professional appearances on Venezuelan TV and radio by the time he was twelve.
A full scholarship to the prestigious Manhattan School of Music catalyzed his move to New York City to pursue a career in jazz. At MSM he began his formal study in both classical and jazz piano with Martha Pestalozzi and Harold Danko, respectively. After receiving his B.A. in Jazz Performance in 1997, Perdomo pursued his Masters at Queens College with the legendary Sir Roland Hanna. This was perhaps one of the most pivotal moments in his development as an artist: “While studying with Sir Roland Hanna I came to realize just how little I knew about both the piano and the music. He forced me to start with a clean slate and to re-evaluate my musical perceptions—both about jazz and the history of jazz piano. I began to look at jazz and classical music in a new and more in-depth way and my playing evolved accordingly.”
Soon after moving to New York, Perdomo quickly established himself as an in-demand pianist, amassing quite an impressive resume. He has recorded and performed with artists including Ravi Coltrane, John Patitucci, Ray Barretto, Brian Lynch, Miguel Zenón, Dave Samuels, and the Caribbean Jazz Project, Butch Morris, Ben Wolfe, Jane Bunnett, Ralph Irizarry & Timbalaye, Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, Alice Coltrane, and Yosvany Terry.
As a longstanding member of groups led by Miguel Zenón and Ravi Coltrane, Luis has made his mark as a performer, composer, and arranger. He can be heard most recently on both Grammy nominated Ravi Coltrane’s Blending Times and Zenón’s Esta Plena. As a leader, Perdomo has released five highly praised recordings: Focus Point (2005), Awareness (2006), and the acclaimed Universal Mind featuring Drew Gress and Jack Dejohnette (2012) for Ravi Coltrane’s RKM Music label, while Pathways in 2008 and The Infancia Project in 2012 were both recorded for Criss Cross Jazz. Perdomo’s newest project, Links, was released in 2013 on the Criss Cross Jazz label. This high-octane CD reunites Perdomo with three master musicians with whom he has had long musical relationships: drummer Rodney Green, bassist Dwayne Burno, and saxophonist Miguel Zenón.