Remembering The Giant of the Keyboards

Charlie Palmieri (1927-1988) was a pianist, organist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, and Eddie Palmieri's elder brother. In 1926, Isabel and Carlos Palmieri migrated to the...

Frank Emilio Flynn · Amor & Piano

The name of the great Cuban composer and pianist Frank Emilio Flynn bears similarities to that...

Premiere · Alí Bello’s “Caracas” Video

Renowned Violinist Alí Bello Premieres First Video From His New Album Inheritance The song “Caracas” is dedicated to the capital city of...

Black Atlantic · Ballaké Sissoko & Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

I almost didn’t log into Vimeo at 8 o’clock on Saturday night, March the 27th. It’s not...

Héctor Quintana · Benny Moré Un Siglo Después

En enero del año pasado, 2020, tuve la oportunidad de viajar a La Habana con mi colega,...

Inheritance · New Album by Alí Bello & The Sweet Wire Band

Renowned Violinist Alí Bello Presents Inheritance, His New Album Leading the Sweet Wire Band. Featuring special guests...

Alex Conde To Release New Album · Descarga for Bud

Pianist Alex Conde Reimagines Bud Powell Through a Flamenco Lens on Descarga for Bud · New Album out...

Flash of the Spirit · New Album by Santi Debriano

The Truth Revolution Recording Collective is proud to announce the release of Flash of the Spirit, a new album from...

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Saxophonist Michel Herrera on this album, Nueva Era – a CD and DVD – features all of his sonic adventures with a steaming-hot mix of original work, traditional music and even a few jazz classics and standards from the American Songbook.

Michel Herrera · Nueva Era

In a country like Cuba – where music education programmes have tended to be designed for the 19th century, and where the European-style...

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On Desafío Candente, the Chicago-based composer, drummer and percussion colourist Gustavo Cortiñas has created a musical palimpsest that carries the weight of the history of colonialism and neocolonialism of the entire southern part of the Americas.

Gustavo Cortiñas · Desafío Candente

It turns out that time and again the artist and not the politician or even diplomat is his country’s ambassador. Certainly this is...

GRAMMY AWARDS

2021 WINNER · Best Latin Jazz Album · The Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for quality works (songs or albums) in the Latin jazz music genre.

Arturo O’Farrill · The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra · Four Questions

To say that the art of Arturo O’Farrill is “fascinating” would be telling only part of his story, for Mr O’Farrill’s music is...

FEATURED ALBUMS

Check our latest in-depth featured album reviews. Editor's Picks that stand out as the best albums released during the current year.

Mansfarroll · Dizzy el Afrocubano · Homenaje a Dizzy Gillespie

Celebrar a Dizzy Gillespie - el legendario trompetista y hermano gemelo en creatividad del gran Charlie Parker - no es infrecuente, especialmente...

Mansfarroll · Dizzy el Afrocubano · Hommage à Dizzy Gillespie

Celebrating Dizzy Gillespie – the legendary trumpeter and creative twin of the great Charlie Parker – is not uncommon, especially among Cuban...

Harold López-Nussa: Te Lo Dije

No matter what setting he is performing in, whenever Harold López-Nussa is engaged in performance you can be rest assured of music where...

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS

Essential Albums Revisited is a section that takes a look back to classic, memorable albums with a fresh, new perspective.

Frank Emilio Flynn · Amor & Piano

The name of the great Cuban composer and pianist Frank Emilio Flynn bears similarities to that of the Brasilian composer and saxophonist...

The Alegre All-Stars, Volume One (1961)

When producer, innovator, and self-described "extrovert of manic proportions and overachiever," Al Santiago heard Panart's Cuban Jam Sessions (1959) he flipped. "Wow! How loose,...

Cortijo’s Time Machine y su Máquina del Tiempo

Today, Cortijo & His Time Machine y su Máquina del Tiempo (Coco Records, 1974) is considered a classic and (misleadingly) one of the...

EL GRAN FELLOVÉ

In 1999, American musician, composer, producer and bandleader from Los Angeles, California Joey Altruda, embarked upon a film and album project with actor/director Matt Dillon about the life and career of legendary Cuban Jazz singer Francisco Fellové Valdés, also known as El Gran Fellové.

El Gran Fellové: Part 1- The Beginning

Francisco Fellové Valdés (October 7, 1923 – February 15, 2013), also known as El Gran Fellové (The Great Fellove), was a Cuban songwriter...

El Gran Fellové: Part 2- Enter Chocolate & Celio González

Early Sunday morning… I awoke to the pleasant surprise of a Google Alert in my email. I clicked to find Variety Magazine had published...

El Gran Fellové: Part 3- When my Parents…

When my parents bought their home in 1968, Sunset Beach was just another sleepy little beach town It spanned about one mile in length,...

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Gustavo Cortiñas · Desafío Candente

It turns out that time and again the artist and not the politician or even diplomat is his country’s ambassador. Certainly this is...

Doug Beavers: Sol

You can always count on Doug Beavers – one of the creative mainstays of the formidable Spanish Harlem Orchestra – to surprise you...

Estrella Acosta: Noche Cubana

With this extended play of five songs on Noche Cubana the Cuban-born, Amsterdam-based vocalist Estrella Acosta covers an impressive array of classic Cuban...

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Edy Martínez, the Music Architect Behind the Piano

If you go to New York City and ask any Latin jazz legend about Edy Martínez they will tell you about him. Edy Martínez is a Colombian...

Rubén Blades con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta · Son de Panamá

In 2013, at the great salsa festival “Salsa al Parque” in the city of Bogotá, I had...

Cubano Be, Cubano Bop: A Memorable Night in Toronto with Poncho Sánchez

As part of the Royal Conservatory 2012-2013 Season, ¡Qué Rica Cuba! Series, Cubano Be, Cubano Bop: Poncho...

Celebrating Emiliano Salvador and his Musical Legacy

Note from the Editor: On August 19, 1951, Emiliano Salvador was born in Puerto Padre, a municipality...

A Conversation with Percussionist, Bandleader Poncho Sanchez

Speaking with someone you have idolized for years is never an easy task. So it was with some trepidation that I dialed Poncho Sanchez’s telephone number and held my breath. When he answered the telephone we exchanged pleasantries and he quickly informed that he could only give me 15 minutes of his time. Somewhat disappointed, I pressed on and lo and behold, an hour and a half later we were still on the telephone! [...]

The Odyssey of Anat Cohen

We are all – man and woman, child and beast – pilgrims here on earth. No matter where or when we are born, or where we live. No matter what we do for a living or where we worship. We migrate chronologically from a body with a finite age to another with a newly finite age. Or we may migrate geographically from one end of the earth to another – a tropical landmass to a temperate one [...]

Juan García-Herreros · The Snow Owl: Normas

It is apocryphal that you can take the Colombian out of the Cumbia, but you can never take the Cumbia out of the Colombian. Thus the now-Austrian-based Colombian bassist Juan...

Raphael Cruz Reaffirms his commitment to Latin Jazz!

Raphael has long been recognized by his fellow musicians as a gifted percussionist and bandleader, possessor of exquisite sensitivity and impeccable timing, a veteran who has shared both the stage and the recording studio with such legendary performers as Mongo Santamaría, Ray Barretto, George Benson, Paquito D'Rivera, Herbie Mann, McCoy Tyner, Bette Midler, Flora Purim and Chaka Khan. He performs on Cuban, Brazilian, African and exotic [...]

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“Nuevo Jazz Latino” at JALC in NYC

On the evenings of Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17, Cuban pianist, composer and bandleader Elio...

“Si Va’ Llover” and the Advent of Música Artesanal

Henry Cole & Villa Locura release a new song featuring Alex López ‘El Callejero’ – “Si Va’...

#SJZSummerFest: Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2015 - Live Report by Tomas Peña For three glorious days, nearly 1000...

#TOJazzFest2012 · George Benson

At the ripe age of 69, Mr. George Benson is not slowing down. He's still at his...