Harold López-Nussa is one of the most dynamic piano players to have joined the international jazz scene over the last 10 years.

The Havana-based pianist and composer brings a unique voice and perspective while carrying inside him the lineage and traditions of Cuban music and culture.

Lopéz-Nussa comes from an esteemed family of Cuban musicians. His father Ruy is an esteemed drummer and educator, his uncle Ernán is an acclaimed pianist, and his late mother Mayra Torres was a highly regarded piano teacher. Harold’s younger brother Ruy Adrián has followed in their father’s footsteps as a drummer and percussionist.

López-Nussa recently celebrated the release of his third album Te Lo Dije with the Mack Avenue record label.

Featuring his brother on drums, Julio César González on bass and Mayquel González on trumpet, Te Lo Dije features a number of special guests, including Afro-Cuban funk superstar Cimafunk, French accordionist Vincent Peirani, famed Cuban reggaeton vocalist Randy Malcom, and vocalist Kelvis Ochoa. A joyful marriage of jazz and Cuban popular music, the recording offers a picturesque look at López-Nussa’s culture.

He joined us from his home in Havana to talk about the musical and cultural influences that inspire his music.