Wednesday, August 12, 2020
The Modern Sound of Bobby Paunetto

Bobby Paunetto, New York City and The Synthesis of Music

Bobby Paunetto was an unforgettable composer, arranger, musician and recording artist. Latin Jazz Network honors him on...
Hermeto Pascoal - Hermeto's Universe

The Norwegian Wind Ensemble conducted by Steffen Schorn, featuring Hermeto Pascoal, Marcio Bahia &...

In matters of art – poetry, drama, music and painting – the “timelessness” of the art in...
Mart'nália photographed by Marta Azavedo

Mart’nália: The Art of Love and Beauty in Music

Mart’nália’s eyes are like large, limpid pools. They draw you into their world. Once you’re in, the quietude of this portal opens out into...
The John Santos Sextet

Premiere: “Descargarará” by The John Santos Sextet

The John Santos Sextet: The Art of The Descarga Descargarará 6:48 Marco Díaz, piano, trumpet; Saúl Sierra, acoustic bass; Dr. John Calloway, flute; Melecio Magdaluyo,...
Yoruba Andabo at El Tablao - Havana, Cuba - Photo credit: Danilo Navas, Raul Da Gama

Jazz Plaza 2020: Ancient to the Future

Chapter four of our series: 35th Jazz Plaza International Festival in Havana In recent months I found myself in profound reflection of the term...
Ray Martínez

Ray Martinez and the Forgotten Legacy of Jazz

Sometime in the very near future, several of the jazz world's best known writers and musicologists will meet in some obscure conclave to pool...
Ethiel Faílde and Orquesta Faílde - Faílde con Tumbao

Orquesta Faílde: Faílde con Tumbao

Eight years have passed since Ethiel Faílde (he's the great-great-nephew of the musical creator of the danzón Miguel Faílde) and a group of talented...
Arsenio Rodríguez and his conjunto in the 1940s

A Brief History of the Cuban Style Conjunto

1930: The Orquesta Típica is out and the Conjunto is in The year 1930 marked a turning point in the development of popular Cuban music....
Los Muñequitos de Matanzas at El Tablao in Havana. Photo credit: Danilo Navas

Jazz Plaza 2020: Speaking in Tongues

Chapter three of our series: 35th Jazz Plaza International Festival in Havana In 1972, former University of Toronto professor of Anthropology and Linguistics Michael J....
Henry Cole

“Si Va’Llover” and the Advent of Música Artesanal

Henry Cole & Villa Locura release a new song featuring Alex López ‘El Callejero’ – “Si Va’Llover” – and a new form of making...
Dafnis Prieto - Rhythmic Synchronicity

Dafnis Prieto: Rhythmic Synchronicity

A review of the book by Dafnis Prieto, entitled Rhythmic Synchronicity – Individual and Collective Drumming Skills: A rhythmic course for non-drummers Anyone who has...
Callejón de Hamel - La Habana, Cuba

Jazz Plaza 2020: The Celebration of Otherness

Chapter two of our series: 35th Jazz Plaza International Festival in Havana The legendary French philosopher noted for his work in phenomenology Paul Ricœur, wrote...
Andy González

RIP Andy González (January 1, 1951 – April 9, 2020)

* Andy González (January 1, 1951, The Bronx, New York – April 9, 2020) was a New York City-based double bass player. González was...
Omara Portuondo, Ethiel Faílde

Ethiel Faílde: Keeper of the Flame of Danzón

Did Miguel Faílde (1852-1921) create or even “consciously stumble” upon (both better epithet than “invented”) the now-iconic danzón dance form that Cuba gave the...
35 Festival Internacional Jazz Plaza 2020 De La Habana A Santiago - Opening Night: Tributo a Juan Formell y Los Van Van - Photo credit: Danilo Navas, Raul Da Gama

Jazz Plaza 2020: Embracing the Culture of Jazz

Chapter one of our series: 35th Jazz Plaza International Festival in Havana Culture - the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation,...
Ray Mantila at Bushnell Park - Photo by Andrew James

RIP Ray Mantilla (June 22, 1934 – March 21, 2020)

Inspired by his South Bronx Afro-Cuban roots, percussionist Ray Mantilla rose to prominence in the early...
Omar Sosa - The Aguas Trio

Omar Sosa & The Aguas Trio In Concert at Birdland (NYC)

Omar Sosa knows how to make an entrance. Wearing a white kaftan, matching skull cap, and adorned with a Santeria collare (collar) and bracelets...
Elio Villafranca: Revealing the Secrets of Slavery

Elio Villafranca: Revealing the Secrets of Slavery

In the newly-crowded world of Afro-Caribbean music, where instrumentalists have always reigned supreme, the singularity of the composer is suddenly in the limelight. We...
El Comité - Y Qué!? (So What) - Cuban Groove

El Comité: Y Qué!? (So What)

A fantasy of my own making: Truth be told, the Cubans and French have not got together to and create a wonderful musical take...
Daymé Arocena - Sonocardiogram

Daymé Arocena: Voice of a Volcanic Heartbeat

When Jane Bunnett introduced a young Afro-Cuban vocalist Daymé Arocena as the first led singer of her seminal all-woman ensemble Maqueque we knew someone...