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Tribute to the Masters

We honour those musicians who paved the roads for the new generations. Maestros true to their art whose works are a cherished legacy and examples to follow.

Tribute to the Masters: Mario Rivera

Mario Rivera was a gifted musician, composer and arranger that played more than 15 instruments, which included piano, vibraphone, drums, trumpet, timbales, congas,...

Tribute to the Masters: Hilton Ruiz

Hilton Ruiz (May 29, 1952 – June 6, 2006) was a Nuyorican jazz pianist in the Afro-Cuban jazz mold, but was also a...

Tribute to the Masters: Astor Piazzolla

Astor Piazzolla was born on March 11th 1921 in Mar de Plata (Argentina). From 1924-37 he lived with his parents in New York....

Interviews

Pianist, composer and arranger Carlos Cippelletti, is a promising young Spanish, Franco-Cuban artist from the last generation of Afro-Cuban jazz musicians born outside the island. He is a two-time winner of the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation Scholarship, and four-time winner of the AIE Scholarship (artists and interpreters Association of Spain). He was awarded first prize in both the Málaga International Jazz Festival Competition, Portón del Jazz and the international 7 Virtual Jazz Club...

Featured Artists

Carlos Averhoff Jr. is a Cuban tenor saxophonist, contemporary Afro-Cuban Jazz composer and educator, and a Latin Grammy nominated artist with the album Buena Vista Presents Omara Portuondo. All About Jazz names Carlos “a dynamic fresh new voice on the saxophone” and Latin Jazz Network portrays his playing as “quite extraordinarily expressive and beautiful,” further adding, “Carlos Averhoff Jr. is a musician who is renowned as a virtuoso soloist.”

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Concert Reviews

When rumba – the pure Afro-Cuban music for voices and percussion – filtered down from the Matanzas to Habana, it was only a matter of time before the visceral rhythms would gently nudge against the more balletic ones of the European contradanzas. In this profusion of Afro-Cuban music with Spanish inflections, a unique rhythmic narrative – and balletic – musical idiom was born, reached its apogee with such great charanga ensembles as Arcaño y sus Maravillas and Orquesta Aragón...

Book Reviews

In his second and most ambitious book to date, the Grammy-nominated musician, professor, educator, author Benjamin Lapidus makes a compelling case for how New York-based musicians of all persuasions shaped the sound of Latin music. In brief, New York and the International Sound of Latin Music is a comprehensive assessment of New York as the capital of Latin music from 1940 to 1990, as told by an active participant, astute observer, and deep thinker...

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