Toronto JazzFest Featured Artist: Hilario Durán And His Latin Jazz Big Band

“Hilario Durán is an unparalleled pianist, as well as being a composer and arranger of the first order... one of the greatest Cuban pianists...

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...

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...
Paquito D’Rivera | Harlem Quartet: Music in the Rarefied Realm

Paquito D’Rivera | Harlem Quartet: Music in the Rarefied Realm

The triumphant journey through music by the inimitable Paquito D’Rivera brought him to Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto on...

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 [...]

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 [...]
Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval in Concert at Flato Markham Theatre

Ten-time Grammy Award winner and trumpet master Arturo Sandoval makes his return to Markham! A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval...
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...

Grammy Awards – Best Latin Jazz Album

Eliane Elias - Made in Brazil The pianist, Elaine Elias who has since she made her presence felt on the world stage, striven to bring...

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...

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...
Puerto Rico Music Conservatory Jazz Fest 2013

Puerto Rico Music Conservatory Jazz Fest 2013

Of all the Festivals celebrating the wonderful music of Jazz in Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory Jazz Fest is maybe my favorite....

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...

TD Toronto JazzFest 2013: CJQ with Houston Person

Sophisticated Gentleman of Jazz: Canadian Jazz Quartet with Houston Person - Home Smith Bar - June 26, 2013 Festival Report by Paul J. Youngman –...

Barquisimeto International JazzFest 2013

Venezuela will host another edition of the Barquisimeto International Jazz Festival. The city of Barquisimeto, province of Lara, will celebrate the eighth edition of...

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 [...]

Toronto Jazz Fest 29th Edition Concludes

The 29th edition of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival came to an end on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Performers who graced the Toronto Star...
Diego Figueiredo & Chuchito Valdés

Diego Figueiredo meets “Chuchito” Valdés at Flato Markham Theatre

Brazil meets Cuba, a time for Markham and GTA residents to come in from the cold for what was promised to be some hot...

Helen Sung Sextet Live At Jazz Standard

Celebrating the release of Anthem for a New Day (Concord, 2014) - Report from New York by Tomas Peña In spite of the frigid temperatures and...

JAM: 112 Ways To Celebrate Jazz

Attend a concert by your local high school or college jazz band. Listen to a jazz CD that is new to you. Try to stretch...

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