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 [...]
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La Guitarra Vuela: Soñando A Paco

La Guitarra Vuela: Soñando a Paco de Lucía Flight of the Guitar: Dreaming of Paco De Lucía Following the death of Spanish musical legend Paco de...
Jane Bunnett & Maqueque 2018

Jane Bunnett And Maqueque: The New Queens of Afro-Cuban Jazz

Jazz Night in America: The Radio Program with Christian McBride Since Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo birthed "Manteca" in the '40s just as Cuban musicians...

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...
Paco de Lucia Project at Koerner Hall

Royal Conservatory of Music Season 2017-2018

As The Royal Conservatory of Music’s 2017-18 concert season is set to begin, five of the upcoming Koerner Hall concerts are already sold out, including the Season Gala concert with Hollywood star Bill Murray...

Lucía Pulido: Time Darkened by Sorrow, Brightened By Passion

The sky darkens, Lorca-like and a primordial wail rips through it. “Ai…leh leh leh…/No sé qué tendrá mi pecho/no sé qué tendrá mi pecho…/que...
Diego El Cigala

Diego El Cigala Pays Tribute to the Soul and Spirit of Salsa Music

"Diego Ramón Jiménez Salazar (born in Madrid, on December 27, 1968), known as El Cigala (Spanish for 'Norway Lobster', a popular crustacean in Spain),...

Panamania Toronto 2015: Concert Picks

PANAMANIA, presented by CIBC, is the 35-day arts and culture festival to enrich the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games experience. More than 250...

Celebrating 10 years of La-33

This year the Colombian band La-33 is celebrating 10 years of playing old-style salsa. After all this time there is an enviable balance for this salsa group. The band has recorded three albums, sold more than 40.000 copies independently, and toured many countries like Mexico, Venezuela, Poland, Morocco, Denmark, Canada, Italy, England, Ecuador, France, Spain, Germany, Japan, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Romania, India, Norway and the United States [...]
The Harvey Averne Story - Preamble

Arvito: The Harvey Averne Story – Preamble

ARVITO: THE HARVEY AVERNE STORY FROM THE CATSKILLS TO THE GRAMMYS AND BEYOND! by CHICO ALVAREZ PERAZA Preamble: "Montuno Meets the Blues" - A Prelude to Salsa Sometime...
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...

Best of 2012 List – Beyond Category

Best Recordings of 2012 - Selection by Canada Editor Raul da Gama - Wadada Leo Smith – Ten Freedom Summers – Cuneiform Records An...

Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest 2013

"Closing the night and the Fest, the honoree, trombonist and composer William Cepeda, filled the stage with the joy and power of his music...

2014 PR Heineken Jazz Fest Report

The 2014 edition of the Heineken Jazz Festival was a mix of music palettes starting with a familiar face to jazz aficionados in Puerto...

TD Toronto JazzFest 2013: Eliane Elias Trio with Bill McBirnie & Bernie Senensky...

Warming up a room like the Old Mill can be a challenge when opening for an international jazz superstar...

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 [...]
Dafnis Prieto: To the Sunset… and Beyond

Dafnis Prieto: To the Sunset… and Beyond

Of the many – and often chameleonic – ways to describe the music of Dafnis Prieto the word “questing” comes to mind most often...

Ritual Beating of the Drum

Ritual Beating of the Drum: The Music of Michele Rosewoman, Francisco Mora Catlett and Yosvany Terry By every account the Orishas have been pleased ever...

Francisco Mora Catlett and Afro Horn, the 3rd Incarnation

“There are only three Afro-Horns in the world. They were forged from a rare metal found only in Africa and South America. No one...

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