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Concert Reviews

Janio Abreu is a musician whose principal instruments comprise an extended family of august woodwinds and reeds – the saxophones and clarinets, to be exact. He plays with a nobility that can only come from technical mastery, born of vaunted learning and rigorous practice, and although his music suggests creation at the confluence of the classical and the popular song-form influenced no doubt by traditional secular forms.

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.

Interviews

Héctor Manuel Quintana Ferreiro [1989] is a guitarist, arranger, composer and teacher, graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte [ISA] of Cuba in 2014. He has collaborated and shared the stage with international groups and artists: Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, Mark Whitfield, Omara Portuondo... He has participated in festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz Plaza, Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince [Papjazz], JoJazz...

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Bass player, composer, producer, and educator, Mauricio J Rodriguez is one of the finest musicians of his generation in Cuba. He was a member of Fervet Opus jazz quartet, one of the most important Latin jazz bands in Cuba in the 80’s, touring around the world to many festivals and concert including The Havana Latin Jazz Festival, Jamboree, Bratislava, Spain, and Moscow, among others.

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