On its 26th edition, one of the most important jazz festivals in Canada and North America took place between June 22nd and July 1st, 2012. The TD Toronto Jazz Festival has always presented some of the biggest names in jazz...
Grammy Award-winning sax master Paquito D’Rivera joined internationally renowned pianist and arranger Hilario Durán with his big band of 20 stellar Latin jazz artists. The concert...
Directly from "El Barrio" - New York The Spanish Harlem Orchestra A Salsa Christmas Toronto, December 9, 2011 at the Koerner Hall Photographs by Atael Weissman.
Jane Bunnett returns to her roots in Cuban Music to present a brand new project “Cuban Rumba Roots Meets Jazz.” This project features new Rumba drum and dance group ” Iya Ire” with Jane’s Spirits of Havana group featuring special guest Hilario Duran. This project recreates the buzz of Jane’s groundbreaking award winning 1st Cuban recording “Spirits of Havana” from the early 90's Roots Rumba with allstar Jazz soloists!!!! [...]
Atael Weissman's main occupation is as an engineering consultant. Born, raised and educated in one of the former Soviet Union republics, which is now Latvia. He lived in Israel and now in Canada, for the last 28 years. Photography and jazz music have been his main hobbies for many years -perfect combination [...]
Marco Di Gianvito is an italian freelance photographer based on Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. He is a self-taught photographer who started his own activity as a Travel & Outdoor photographer and a photojournalist, 17 years ago. After experiencing Italy and many of the european countries, in 2007, he moved to the Caribbean. Now he travels around the islands. His main photographic fields are cultural, music, social and sport events as long as commercial shootings [...]
Photographer Carlos Haddock has been documenting the culture and music of New York and Puerto Rico for nearly three decades. His photographs have been exhibited at the Manners of Fine Art Gallery in New York and the Bienal de Fotografia in Puerto Rico. In addition, he was awarded a trophy by The Association of Photojournalists in Puerto Rico for his photographs of Festival de Jueyes, Maunabo (2002) [...]
Glenda Del Monte Escalante, aka Glenda del E, released her first CD entitled Q-Ban Mixology. It was an electrifying night at the Mod Club Theatre on College Street in Toronto, on September 23, 2010. Featuring a string quartet and many special guests, Glenda del E took another big step in her artistic career [...]
Pianists abound in the Island of Cuba. Excellent pianists indeed, but only a selected group meet the high standards of virtuosity. Hilario Luis Durán Torres, better known as Hilario Durán belongs to that group. His nickname "Con Tumbao" fits him perfectly well. His percussive attack is killer. Born in Havana, Cuba in 1953, Durán never dreamed he would become a Canadian citizen one day, even less that he would make Toronto his permanent residence [...]
This unique musical group was first conceived in Havana, Cuba in 1992 at the National Theatre with the great Cuban pianists José María Vitier and the late Frank Emilio. It was brought to fruition in Canada in 1993 with a ground-breaking concert at the Glenn Gould Theatre (CBC) and became Jane Bunnett's recording debut for EMI/Bluenote [...]