Elio Villafranca

Elio Villafranca’s Vision Comes Alive at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Pianist, composer, arranger Elio Villafranca and the Jass Syncopator's presented Cinqué - The Suite of the Caribbean at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Appel Room...

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...

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...

TD Toronto JazzFest 2013: Marianne Trudel – Trifolia

Marianne Trudel and her trio Trifolia, made up of contra bassist Étienne Lafrance, and percussionist Patrick Graham performed the intimate Jazz Bistro as part of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival...

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...
The Paco de Lucía Project - Flamenco Legends

The Night That Paco de Lucía Was Reborn

In a sense what Paco de Lucía once said about his beloved flamenco music came to pass on October 21, 2017, when, between 8:00pm...

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...

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...
Various Artists: The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions

Various Artists: The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions

There is much anecdotal evidence – some of it apocryphal – that the Cubans brought a diabolical complexity to Jazz when the musicians among...

2013: The Year In Music, A Recap by Tomas Peña – From NYC

2013 was a remarkably good year for the New York music scene and a particularly good year for Cuban music. Producer Dita Sullivan presented an intriguing (never before seen) Cuban Drum Series at the Jazz Standard...
Callejón de Hamel - La Habana, Cuba

Jazz Plaza 2020: The Celebration of Otherness

Chapter two of our series: 35th Jazz Plaza International Festival in Havana The legendary French philosopher noted for his work in phenomenology Paul Ricœur, wrote...

Barranquijazz: 17 Años de Jazz en Colombia

Septiembre es el mes del jazz en Colombia, Suramérica. Seis eventos convocan anualmente a músicos locales e internacionales en el noveno mes del año...

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 [...]

El Heredero: Ismael Rivera Jr.

When it comes to iconic musicians and their offsprings, it is quite easy to make comparisons. A recent study done on musical ability and its...

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...

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...
Chuchito Valdés and Diego Figueiredo

Diego Figueiredo and Chuchito Valdés: Brazil Meets Cuba

Combining two of the most exciting artists in Latin jazz creates an explosion of music and crazed fans. Diego Figueiredo is considered one of...

2014 Blue Note Jazz Festival

2014 Blue Note Jazz Festival Announces Additional Performers, Finalizes Lineup Outdoor Performances Scheduled With Celebrate Brooklyn! and Central Park SummerStage Lineup Additions Include Ornette Coleman Celebration...

Bobby Carcassés: Luna de Miel en Nueva York

Bobby Carcassés: Luna de Miel en Nueva York. Un eterno romance entre lo cubano y el jazz demuestra que la cosa va en serio. Por...

Chano Domínguez: Prism of Duende

Some twenty-eight minutes into our conversation Chano Domínguez lets me go gently. “Raul, I have to let you go,” he tells me, “But you...