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Member of the Jazz Journalist Association since 2010. Member of the Ponce International Jazz Festival Commitee. Studied music and guitar, 1985-86. Music studies at the University of Puerto Rico and the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico, 1986-1990.

2014 PR Heineken Jazz Fest Report

The 2014 edition of the Heineken Jazz Festival was a mix of music palettes starting with a familiar face to jazz aficionados in Puerto...

Lisa Engelken: Little Warrior

Lisa Engelken is a fearless, versatile singer as she demonstrates once again on her new release, Little Warrior. Her song selection and interpretations reveal...

Brigitte Zarie: L’amour

Beautiful strings arrangements give way to the sensual voice of Brigitte Zarie on “Where there is love”, the first track of her new release...

Wilbert Sostre Interviews Puerto Rican Guitar Legend Jorge Laboy

A couple of weeks after receiving a well deserved homage by the Puerto Rico Senate, I sat down with Puerto Rican guitar legend and...

May Peters – Tributo de Tambor y Trombón en Clave de Mujer Boricua

The story of trombonist May Peters is an interesting one. She is a native of the Netherlands who arrived in Puerto Rico more than twelve years ago, and fell in love with the culture and music of the island.

Puerto Rico Festival Report: 9th Carolina International Jazz Festival

Music diversity was the theme in the Carolina International Jazz Festival on its 9th edition, which took place on Friday, August 9 and Saturday,...

Miguel Zenón & The Rhythm Collective – Oye!!! Live in Puerto Rico

More than just a Jazz album, this is an historical document. Miguel Zenón & The Rhythm Collective Oye!!! Live in Puerto Rico was recorded...

Peter Appleyard and The Jazz Giants – The Lost 1974 Sessions

Almost forty years ago, Canadian vibraphonist Peter Appleyard assembled a group of truly Jazz giants...

Ayako Shirasaki – Some Other Time

I had the pleasure of discovering Ayako Shirasaki’s music when I wrote a review for her previous album recorded live in Hamburg. For those...
Buika - La Noche Mas Larga

Buika – La Noche Más Larga

In a recent interview Buika said “I want what Charlie Parker has, I want eternity”. Well, just like Bird, Coltrane, Miles or any other...

Chucho Valdés in Puerto Rico

Chucho Valdés & The Afro-Cuban Jazz Messengers in Puerto Rico: Concert Report by Wilbert Sostre - June 22, 2013 It was worth the ten years...

Cristina Braga – Samba, Jazz and Love

Every year I receive lots of recordings from a diversity of Brazilian artists. Most of those recordings are good, but once or twice a...

Teri Roiger/John Menegon – Misterioso

Any Jazz musician who wants to learn how to accompany a vocalist, not getting in the way but still keep it interesting should listen...

Jussanam – Rio/Reykjavik

Jussanam is a brazilian singer living in Iceland since 2008, so her new album entitled Rio/Reykjavik is a reference to, her native Rio de...

Antonio Adolfo – Finas Misturas

Finas Misturas is Portuguese for fine mixtures or delicate mixtures, a suitable title for Antonio Adolfo new release. Finas Misturas combines Antonio Adolfo outstanding,...

Gema Corredera – Derramando Luz

"On Derramando Luz Gema explores aspects of cuban music fused with the harmonics of jazz and convey both the present and the past of...

Puerto Rico – Ponce Jazz Festival 2013

"There are several reasons why I like the Ponce Jazz Festival. One reason is that it gives me the opportunity to get out of...

Puerto Rico Interamerican University Jazz Festival

The Interamerican University Jazz Festival is the newest out of all the Jazz fests in Puerto Rico. Report/Photographs by Wilbert Sostre The 1st edition took place...
Puerto Rico Music Conservatory Jazz Fest 2013

Puerto Rico Music Conservatory Jazz Fest 2013

Of all the Festivals celebrating the wonderful music of Jazz in Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory Jazz Fest is maybe my favorite....

Sofia Rei – De Tierra y Oro

Exquisite music with South American folk influences, mixed with jazz sounds, and wrapped in the powerful voice and tonal beauty of Sofia Rei, that’s...

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