Hilario Durán "Contumbao" - photo by Danilo Navas

Hilario Durán: Songs of Longing

Svetlana Boym was the Curt Hugo Reisinger Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literatures at Harvard University, lived between 1959 and 2015, and has been...

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 [...]

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 [...]
United for Puerto Rico - Donate Now

United For Puerto Rico: Donate NOW!

The Devastation in Puerto Rico is Unprecedented. PLEASE DONATE! United for Puerto Rico: Together Changing Paths United for Puerto Rico is an initiative brought forth by the...

2013 Grammy Nominees: Best Latin Jazz Album

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 10, 2013, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. After a long battle to have reinstated the "Best Latin Jazz...

Donald Harrison Live At The Jazz Standard

Alto saxophonist Donald Harrison - also known as Big Chief of the Congo Square Nation - brought progressive jazz and the funk, groove and...
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...

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...
Patax Presents: Michael Jackson x 2

Patax Presents: Michael Jackson x 2

There are two remarkable Latin Jazz tributes dedicated entirely to Michael Jackson that are really worth adorning a library of music: Unity, the one...

Noteworthy Recordings of 2011

This is the recording that Maraca’s fans have been waiting for. Recorded live at the Grand Theater in Havana, Cuba (2010), it presents Maraca’s collaboration with the Havana Chamber Orchestra and includes standout contributions from pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa, Japanese violinist Sayaka, saxophonist David Sanchez, drummer Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo and others. The recording takes the listener on a musical journey [...]

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...

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...

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

Paul J. Youngman's favorites of 2012, not listed in any particular order: Live Music: JPEC (Jazz Performance and Education Centre) Concert Series: - Lionel Loueke Quartet -...

Eddie Palmieri at the 92nd Street Y Festival

Day 1 of the 92nd Street Y’s Latin on Lex Jazz Festival featured nine-time Grammy Award winner, NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri and his Afro...

Best CDs of 2012 – Editor’s Picks

Best CDs of 2012 - Editor's Picks - Papo Vazquez: Oasis; Chico Alvarez: Country Roots/Urban Masters; Clarice Assad: Home; Elio Villafranca & Arturo Stable: Dos y Más; San Juan Collective: Fuera de Control; Anat Cohen: Claroscuro...

Toronto Luminato Festival: Cuban Fusion

The 2015 edition of the prestigious Toronto Luminato Festival presents world class, globally inspired performances. One of the highlights of their musical offerings is...

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 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...

Introducing The Bridge Trio

The Bridge Trio has its roots deeply entrenched in the New Orleans Jazz tradition. Drummer Joe Dyson, pianist Conun Pappas, and bassist Max Moran...