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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.
PLena Libre

The Puerto Rico Project 2: Plena Libre

Puerto Rico's Four Time Grammy Award Nominee, Plena Libre Present "Amores En El Camino" (Love's Journey) RELEASE DATE: January 12, 2018 (GN MUSICA, INDIE) In the...
William Cepeda

The Puerto Rico Project: Musicians After the Storm

William Cepeda On Sunday, November 19, 2017, Afro-Rican musician, composer, educator, cultural icon and advocate William Cepeda spoke with Marysol Cerdeira, host of the popular...
Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet celebrates Diablo en Brooklyn

The Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet celebrates “Diablo en Brooklyn”

CD Release At Roulette (Brooklyn, NY) Saturday October 21, Sunday October 22, 2017 For over a decade, trumpeter, composer, bandleader Gabriel Alegria and the Afro-Peruvian Sextet...

In Conversation With Victor Rendón

Interview: In Conversation with Percussionist, Composer, Arranger, Educator Victor Rendón Based out of Lehman College in the Bronx and led by percussionist, composer, and arranger,...

Cuban Roots – Conversation With Mark Weinstein

Essential Albums: Mark Weinstein's Cuban Roots and Cuban Roots Revisited The following is an excerpt from an interview I conducted with Mark Weinstein in 2006....

In Conversation With Author Basilio Serrano

Basilio Serrano is the Author of Puerto Rican Pioneers in Jazz - 1900-1939 - Bomba Beats to Latin Jazz Jazzdelapena: According to your book, many...
Rumbajazz - Tribute to Chombo Silva

Rumbajazz: Tribute to Chombo Silva

Chombo Silva performed in the legendary Cuban Jam Sessions and shared the stage with Machito, Ray Barretto, Johnny Pacheco, the Alegre-All Stars, Charlie Palmieri,...

#SJZSummerFest: Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band

Live in Concert at the Kaiser Permanente Main Stage - #SJZSummerFest I’ve been listening and dancing to Eddie Palmieri’s music for more years than I...

Truth Revolution Records Presents Ralph Irizarry & Timbalaye 20th Anniversary

20th Anniversary by Ralph Irizarry Street Date: October 5, 2015 “His style on the instrument is inventive, engaging, and musical, with flawless technique to spare. Irizarry...

#SJZSummerFest: Etienne Charles – World Premiere of The San Jose Suite

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2015 – Live Report by Tomas Peña A highlight of the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest was the World Premiere...

#SJZSummerFest: Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2015 - Live Report by Tomas Peña For three glorious days, nearly 1000 musicians performed over one-hundred concerts at thirteen...

#SJZSummerFest: Glen David Andrews Band

Saturday, August 8, 2015 (Day 2) Kaiser Permanente Main Stage One of the delights of covering a music festival is discovering talent worthy of wider recognition....

In Conversation With Edsel Gómez

“Edsel Gómez’s Road to Udaipur is a sumptuously laid out album. Not only is the package bursting with myriad colors, but so is the...

Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s Life And Music Celebration – San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

RAHSAANATHON: A Celebration of the Life & Music of Rahsaan Roland Kirk Special Report by Tomas Peña from San Jose, California Saw Steve Turre and the...

Nikki Denner & Cocomama: A Conversation

“Denner is a super strong pianist, and her arrangements are full of rhythmic order; when she’s improvising she brings a ton of harmony and...

Dafnis Prieto On “Triangles and Circles”

Dafnis Prieto - Biography A classically trained musician who absorbed from an early age the multifaceted percussive traditions of his native Cuba, Prieto transposes elements...

Papo Vázquez Celebrates 40 Years…

Trombonist, Composer, Arranger, Papo Vázquez Celebrates 40 Year Anniversary and Musical Legacy and the Release of his Latest Album Spirit Warrior "Although his name is...

Omar Sosa Quarteto Afrocubano at BRIC

Cuban composer/pianist/bandleader Omar Sosa brings his signature style that mixes jazz influences with Latin rhythms, North African percussion, and spoken word to BRIC House...

Eddie Palmieri at the 92nd Street Y Festival

Day 1 of the 92nd Street Y’s Latin on Lex Jazz Festival featured nine-time Grammy Award winner, NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri and his Afro...

NYC Latin On Lex: A Latin Jazz Fest

"The Y is a first rank cultural institution, and it’s an honor and a privilege to help them with this new festival, and hopefully serve as a bridge..."

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