Grammy Winner Raphael Cruz Reaffirms his commitment to Latin Jazz!

Raphael has long been recognized by his fellow musicians as a gifted percussionist and bandleader, possessor of exquisite sensitivity and impeccable timing, a veteran who has shared both the stage and the recording studio with such legendary performers as Mongo Santamaría, Ray Barretto, George Benson, Paquito D'Rivera, Herbie Mann, McCoy Tyner, Bette Midler, Flora Purim and Chaka Khan. He performs on Cuban, Brazilian, African and exotic [...]

Edy Martínez, the Music Architect Behind the Piano

If you go to New York City and ask any Latin jazz legend about Edy Martínez they will tell you about him. Edy Martínez is a Colombian...

The Odyssey of Anat Cohen

We are all – man and woman, child and beast – pilgrims here on earth. No matter where or when we are born, or where we live. No matter what we do for a living or where we worship. We migrate chronologically from a body with a finite age to another with a newly finite age. Or we may migrate geographically from one end of the earth to another – a tropical landmass to a temperate one [...]

Celebrating Emiliano Salvador and his Musical Legacy

Note from the Editor: On August 19, 1951, Emiliano Salvador was born in Puerto Padre, a municipality and city in the Las Tunas Province...

Have You Seen My Nana? The Enduring Genius of Moacir Santos

Yesterday, my eighty-eight year old mother and I were reminiscing as we often do when she visits, about, among other things, my father and...
The Harvey Averne Story - The Interview - Part II

Arvito: The Harvey Averne Story – The Interview – Part II

THE INTERVIEW - Part II - August, 2008 - April, 2009: Conversations Between CHICO ALVAREZ PERAZA and HARVEY AVERNE CAP: As we all know Harvey, your...

Artist Profile: Letieres Leite & Rumpilezz

Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz had their North American debut in August 2015 with the Rumpilezz Lodê Tour Created by the composer, musician and arranger...

El Heredero: Ismael Rivera Jr.

When it comes to iconic musicians and their offsprings, it is quite easy to make comparisons. A recent study done on musical ability and its...
The Harvey Averne Story - The Interview - Part I

Arvito: The Harvey Averne Story – The Interview – Part I

THE INTERVIEW - August, 2008 - April, 2009: Conversations Between CHICO ALVAREZ PERAZA and HARVEY AVERNE Below is the unedited version of my interview with Grammy...

Terry Pearce Remembers The Golden Era of Dance Music In NYC

I first set foot inside the ROSELAND BALLROOM dance hall in 1978, lured by a long forgotten tribute to Cuban Music legend Miguelito Valdés. No one seems to remember this event, but to me it was an unforgettable night, and I could not get over how huge the place was, especially the dance floor. I knew little of its long history in regards to New York style Latin American music. It was, after all, the traditional gathering place for so many senior citizens [...]

Best Latin Jazz Albums of 2013 – Part II

First of all my apologies for taking so long to publish the second part of my Best Latin Jazz Albums of 2013. Some of...

The Revolutionary Art of Tony Martinez

In the rush to embrace Cuba much of what makes it both disappointing and great is often washed away like dirty linen. The Castro...

SpokFrevo Live at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Direct from the city of Recife in Northeastern Brazil, the SpokFrevo Orquestra debuted at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s three-day Brazilian Festival...

Best Latin Jazz Albums of 2013 – Part I

2013 was a prolific year in terms of new Latin jazz albums being released. Perhaps as an appropriate response to the wrongful dismissal and...

Top 10 List: Best Recordings of 2014

Yosvany Terry: New Crowned King (5Passion) This album truly is a very important addition to the literature of music. In it Yosvany Terry has awoken...
The Harvey Averne Story - The Interview - Part III

Arvito: The Harvey Averne Story – The Interview – Part III

THE INTERVIEW - Part III - August, 2008 - April, 2009: Conversations Between CHICO ALVAREZ PERAZA and HARVEY AVERNE CAP: I have noticed that today's latin...

Jane Bunnett: Spirits of Havana 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

"Listening to it now, it’s clear: Spirits of Havana was twenty-five years ahead of its time — Ned Sublette, June 2016 Tempis Fugit! Twenty-five years since...

Lest We Forget The Oscar Peterson Trio’s Canadiana Suite

“…The good that men do is oft interred with their bones…” wrote William Shakespeare in his famous dramatic eulogy for Julius Caesar, made by...

Paco de Lucía: The Duende of Timelessness

I waited for his concert with bated breath. The tickets were purchased about a year ago. Then Kuwait was invaded by Iraq and suddenly...

2016 Latin Grammys Best Latin Jazz Album

The 17th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards returns to Las Vegas The big event will take place at the T-Mobile Arena on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016,...

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