Articles by

Tomas Peña

A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject.

Boricua Pioneer · Angelina Rivera

If Hollywood made Angelina Rivera's life story into a biopic, the cast would include jazz legends William...

Boricua Pioneer, Dama de la Salsa: Yolanda Rivera

Yolanda Rivera is the Undisputed Afro-Puerto Rican Queen of Salsa, a role model for emerging salseros and...

Puerto Rico Jazz: The Workshops

According to professor Warren R. Pinckney Jr., “The renaissance of Puerto Rican art music in the late...

Boricua Jazz Pioneer: Joseph Estevez Jr. aka Joe Loco (1921-1988)

How did the pianist JOE LOCO (Crazy Joe) acquire the nickname? Theories abound. According to Jose Mangual,...

Victor Rendón and Bronx Conexión To Release “Mambo Boulevard”

2016 marked the Bronx Conexión Latin Jazz Big Band’s highly acclaimed debut titled TRUE FLIGHT. After a five-year hiatus, the...

Boricua Pioneer Ana Otero: “The Pianist of America”

Mention the name Ana Otero to the average person in Puerto Rico or the States. More than...

Welcome To The Puerto Rico Project!

In 2017, I created the PUERTO RICO PROJECT in response to the devastating impact of Hurricane María...

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,...

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