Grammy-nominated and Juno-winning saxophonist Luis Deniz has just released his debut album El Tinajón.

Born and raised in Camaguey, Cuba and arriving in Toronto in 2004, Deniz has had an impressive career as an accompanist and soloist for the likes of Barry Harris, Howard Johnson, Randy Brecker, Ray Vega, Donald Harrison, Ingrid Jensen, Jane Bunnett and more. He’s earned a Juno Award and a Grammy nomination for his work with Hilario Duran and his Latin Jazz Big Band.

El Tinajón features nine original compositions that bring together the rich cultural influences of Deniz’s upbringing in Cuba and his later life in Canada. His ensemble features bassist Roberto Occhipinti, pianist Rafael Zaldivar, drummer Amhed Mitchel, and percussionist Jorge Luis Torres.

Deniz joined us to talk about the album.