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La Plaza; La Plaza Showcase: Paquito D’Rivera


Paquito D’Rivera in Studio

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La Plaza
La Plaza Showcase: Paquito D’Rivera
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Series Description

Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

Cuban music legend Paquito D'Rivera delivers a performance of depth and range in this La Plaza music special. The Grammy award-winning musician and recent author (My Sax Life) brings his quartet to WGBHG's Studio B and presents material that cuts across his broad musical career—-classical, Bebop, Latin, and jazz. Intercut with documentary footage of D'Rivera working at his home outside New York, the program presents a rarely seen view of Cuban music giant.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; La Plaza Showcase: Paquito D’Rivera,” 06/29/2004, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 23, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2755438F80FC45DD8DCB6EB09B9FD343.
MLA: “La Plaza; La Plaza Showcase: Paquito D’Rivera.” 06/29/2004. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 23, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2755438F80FC45DD8DCB6EB09B9FD343>.
APA: La Plaza; La Plaza Showcase: Paquito D’Rivera. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2755438F80FC45DD8DCB6EB09B9FD343
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