Julián Cabrera: Musician, Rumbero, Gentleman and Scholar

Julián Cabrera's style on the conga drum was rock-solid, never flashy, he preferred to keep the rhythm simple but lively, and, because he was...

Latin Soul: Old Wine, New Bottle, Same Good Taste

Bandleader, vocalist, composer, graphic artist and radio personality Chico Alvarez reminisces about album cover art, marketing and merchandising trends, experimental music and visionary artist/producers...

Best of 2012 – Recommended Recordings

2012 – Recommended Recordings (In Alphabetical Order) Selections by New York Co-Editor, Tomas Peña Afro Horn MX (AACE Records) – Afro Horn MX is the brainchild of...

Brian Lynch And Spheres of Influence At Minton’s

Spheres of Influence, led by Grammy Award-winning trumpeter, composer Brian Lynch - best known for his work with Art Blakey and his collaborations with...

Interamerican University Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico

Three days of concerts with true masters of the Puerto Rican Jazz scene. That was the offering of the first Interamerican University Jazz Festival....

Jane Bunnett – Embracing Voices (EMI Canada 2009)

Jane Bunnett is never afraid to push the envelope. She did so with her 1988 album, In Dew Time, the now out-of-print vinyl that...

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2015

26th Annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2015 SAVE THE DATE: Friday, August 7 to Sunday, August 9, 2015 Plaza de César Chavez Park,...

Lucía Pulido: Time Darkened by Sorrow, Brightened By Passion

Feature written by: Raul da Gama The sky darkens, Lorca-like and a primordial wail rips through it. “Ai…leh leh leh…/No sé qué tendrá mi pecho/no...

Live at the Blue Note: Conrad Herwig

Conrad Herwig and the Latin Side All-Stars Pay Tribute to Horace Silver Conrad Herwig is no stranger to reimagining the work of seminal jazz musicians...

Against All Odds: Angelito y La Timba de Ayer

An accomplished performing artist and a committed master drummer whose main goal is to preserve the traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms and to see more and more young people become involved in the proper learning of African hand percussion, Angel Rodríguez has actively sought out, recruited, registered and auditioned hundreds of students for merit/talent scholarships. In 1990 Angel traveled as a percussion instructor from New York to California [...]

JALC Opens Concert Season With “Ochas”

New York City's Jazz at Lincoln Center: Chucho Valdés, Pedrito Martínez, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra open the 2014-2015 concert...

IL’ Jazz Club – San Juan, Puerto Rico

En octubre 15 del 2009 tuve la oportunidad de visitar Il' Jazz Club en su localización original, la Avenida Ponce de León, Rio Piedras. En aquella ocasión se presentaba el guitarrista Jorge Laboy, acompañado por Samuel Morales en el bajo y Efrain Martinez. Recuerdo haber pensado que al fin se lograba lo que todo amante del Jazz habia esperado, un local fijo en donde escuchar buena música todas las semanas. Sin embargo, por lo limitado del espacio [...]

More Noteworthy Recordings of 2011

Most fans, even aficionados of contemporary music, still only vaguely know the great trumpeter Claudio Roditi as the “Brazilian who joined Arturo Sandoval in Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra”. It is a pity that Roditi’s musical reputation rests on so narrow a spectrum in his enormous musical career. Few know, for instance, that Roditi was one of the first Brazilian musicians to relocate in the United States of America: in 1970 as a matter of fact [...]

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 [...]

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...

Eliades Ochoa: The Art of the Storyteller and the Making of History

It is a proverbial Act of God that the musician Eliades Ochoa should come from Santiago de Cuba. That, after all is where the...
Gregory Porter at Koerner Hall - Toronto JazzFest 2017

Gregory Porter – Toronto Jazz Festival 2017

The Jazz Singer - TD Toronto Jazz Fest - Koerner Hall - June 21, 2017 Gregory Porter in concert. What a delightful way to kick...
Mervon Mehta with Alfredo Rodriguez and Danilo Perez

Alfredo Rodriguez and Danilo Pérez: The Poetry of Feeling Comes to Town

Alfredo Rodriguez ambles onto stage, but that’s all the ‘ambling’ he would do for the rest of the night. Once he sits at the...

Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival 2014

Park Palace Tribute Featuring the Aruán Ortíz Quartet and Manuel Valera & The Cuban Express - May 4th to May 10th, 2014 - Constructed in...

CHICO O’FARRILL: Arquitecto del Jazz Latino

CHICO O'FARRILL: Arquitecto del Jazz Latino Por CHICO ALVAREZ PERAZA PREAMBULO En la actualidad existe una calle en la ciudad de La Habana llamada Calle O'Farrill, cuyo...
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