Tuesday, January 26, 2021
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...

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...

#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...

Body and Soul: The Art of the late Charles Flores

http://youtu.be/eouxdVWJyKo There is a moment on Dizzy Gillespie’s “Con Alma” that was played by the Michel Camilo Trio at the 39th Internationale Jazzwoche, 2008 in...

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...
Lizt Alfonso - Dance Cuba

An Interview with Lizt Alfonso

Conversation with Lizt Alfonso: Dancer, Company Founder, Director, Choreographer Extraordinaire By Patricia Bell-Newson According to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Cuban dancer and choreographer Lizt Alfonso...

Lila Downs Live at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Mexican-American, singer, songwriter and actress, Lila Downs debuted at Jazz at Lincoln Center as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place from...

Jazz in Puerto Rico

Even those with knowledge in jazz history may be surprised to learn about the great contribution of Puerto Rican musicians to this genre. The first...

New Jazz Frontiers at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Cuban flutist, Orlando “Maraca” Valle, Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda, Venezuelan pianist Ed Simon, U.S. born bassist Luques Curtis and...

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...

Old Man Bebo is sleeping

There is a metaphor that I cannot get out of my mind: It is one of the roars of the river. I hear it incessantly as if it were vying for the sound of silence in which I hear whispers of the name of the man his mother and father named...

Toronto JazzFest Featured Artist: Eliane Elias

Pianist/singer/songwriter, Eliane Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style which blends her Brazilian roots and her sensuous, alluring voice with...
Chords for Chordoma Jazz at the Lyric

Chords for Chordoma Jazz At The Lyric – Concert Review

A Magnificent Night of Jazz for Cancer Research, as it was billed, the Chords for Chordoma Jazz at the Lyric Pan-American Jazz event was...

TD Toronto Jazz Festival 28th Anniversary

The lineup for the 28th anniversary of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival gets underway this June when it kicks off summer, as more than...
Cosa Nuestra Presents Ìfé

ÌFÉ Declares to the World WILLINGNESS + LOVE = LIBERATION

“The drum is the pulse of our culture, and it unites all of our people regardless of where we come from.” Manolo López, Founder...
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...
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...
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...
Etienne Charles

Etienne Charles – Carnival: The Sound of a People (Concert Review)

On the evening of November 16, 2018, Trinidadian native, amazing trumpet player, recording artist, bandleader, composer, arranger and educator Etienne Charles brought to Toronto...
Pedro Giraudo by Erin Patrice O’Brien

Pedro Giraudo: Córdoba to Köln via New York

Depending on where you come from Martha Argerich may be the greatest Argentinean icon. Some say Juan and Evita Perón are, but culturally speaking,...