In Conversation With Author Basilio Serrano

Basilio Serrano is the Author of Puerto Rican Pioneers in Jazz - 1900-1939 - Bomba Beats to Latin Jazz Jazzdelapena: According to your book, many...

Conversation with Pianist, Composer Alfredo Rodríguez

As part of the Royal Conservatory 2012-2013 Season, ¡Qué Rica Cuba! Series, the Alfredo Rodríguez Trio makes an appearance at Koerner Hall in Toronto...

Wilbert Sostre Interviews Puerto Rican Guitar Legend Jorge Laboy

A couple of weeks after receiving a well deserved homage by the Puerto Rico Senate, I sat down with Puerto Rican guitar legend and...

In Conversation With Francisco Mora-Catlett

“Music is about freedom, that’s what it proposes, that’s why it’s so popular and that’s why people love it. And it’s not freedom that...

Dafnis Prieto On “Triangles and Circles”

Dafnis Prieto - Biography A classically trained musician who absorbed from an early age the multifaceted percussive traditions of his native Cuba, Prieto transposes elements...

Catching Up with Pianist, Composer, Arranger Osmany Paredes

On the Release of Trio Time (Menduvia Music, 2013) By Tomas Peña In 1998 a group of young, Cuban musicians residing on Aztec soil formed a...

Nikki Denner & Cocomama: A Conversation

“Denner is a super strong pianist, and her arrangements are full of rhythmic order; when she’s improvising she brings a ton of harmony and...

Elio Villafranca: In step with time – past, present and future

It is three days before my scheduled interview with the musician and pianist Elio Villafranca. I have long been fascinated by his ferocious talent...

Q&A with David Sánchez about his album CARIB

As a follow up to our Carib album review we present a Q&A with David Sánchez expanding on some topics around this wonderful project,...

A Conversation with Percussionist, Bandleader Poncho Sanchez

Speaking with someone you have idolized for years is never an easy task. So it was with some trepidation that I dialed Poncho Sanchez’s telephone number and held my breath. When he answered the telephone we exchanged pleasantries and he quickly informed that he could only give me 15 minutes of his time. Somewhat disappointed, I pressed on and lo and behold, an hour and a half later we were still on the telephone! [...]

Jazz En La Encrucijada: Los Pasos de Elegguá

Cada martes durante estas últimas dos semanas he visitado Minton's. Ubicado en la calle 118 y la avenida St. Nicholas, está en el mismo...

In Conversation with Andrea Zapata-Girau

In Conversation with Director, Co-Producer, Co-Scriptwriter, Editor and Cinematographer Andrea Zapata-Girau on the U.S. Premiere of Guitarra de Palo Andrea Zapata-Girau studied classical guitar in...

Catching Up with Percussionist, Composer, Arranger Samuel Torres

My grandfather, Manuel Martinez was a trombone player. He came from a small town in southern Colombia near Ecuador. At the age of fourteen he escaped from the Ecuadorian army and he traveled throughout the Caribbean during the 1930s and 1940s. Before returning to Colombia he picked up a lot of musical influences. My grandmother was a self-taught musician and my uncle, Francisco Martinez, who is the father of (pianist, composer, arranger) Edy Martinez [...]

Roberto Fonseca: A Life in the Spirit

The considerable talent of Cuban pianist, Roberto Fonseca has now spread far and wide and if there was another dimension to enter, it would be the one that qualifies an artist to greatness. However, Fonseca fights shy of any attention that distracts from his music. A deeply spiritual person, who just happens to express himself through his art he prefers to defer to the mysterious, invisible force that compels him to make music [...]

Cuban Roots – Conversation With Mark Weinstein

Essential Albums: Mark Weinstein's Cuban Roots and Cuban Roots Revisited The following is an excerpt from an interview I conducted with Mark Weinstein in 2006....

In Conversation With Victor Rendón

Interview: In Conversation with Percussionist, Composer, Arranger, Educator Victor Rendón Based out of Lehman College in the Bronx and led by percussionist, composer, and arranger,...
Elio Villafranca: Epic Journey in search of Cinque

Elio Villafranca: Epic Journey in search of Cinque

There has always been a healthy restlessness to Elio Villafranca. When I spoke to him in February 2015 he was about to debut a...

Um Abraço Pra Claudio – An Interview with Claudio Roditi

Interview conducted by: Raul da Gama My palms are wet, but I am not nervous—just uncontrollably excited to be talking with Claudio Roditi, an iconic...

Conversation with Brazilian artist Antonio Adolfo – Chora Baião

Antonio Adolfo grew up in a musical family in Rio de Janeiro (his mother was a violinist in the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra), and began his studies at the age of seven. At seventeen he was already a professional musician. His teachers include Eumir Deodato and the great Nadia Boulanger in Paris. During the 60's he led his own trio and toured with singers Elis Regina and Milton Nascimento. Adolfo wrote tunes that gained great success and have [...]

In Conversation with Saxophonist, Composer, Arranger Mercedes Figueras

When Mercedes and I met in person the first thought that crossed my mind was, “How is such a small person capable of producing such a LARGE sound?” During the course of my conversation with Mercedes I received the answer to that and many other questions about her life and music. As a music journalist, it gives me great pleasure to lend my support to exceptional new artists who are “under the radar.” Meet Mercedes Figueras and the Black Butterflies [...]