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 [...]

Conversation with Pianist Manuel Valera

Manuel Valera: The wunderkind of the New Musical Express on music and life Although it may not have happened that way, pianist Manuel Valera seems...

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...

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...

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 [...]

Conversation with Pianist, Composer Sebastian Schunke

"Sebastian Schunke brings with Life and Death a new and very intimate touch to his music – piano solo. For the first time Sebastian...

In Conversation with Flutist, Composer, Arranger, Mark Weinstein

The reason I am focusing on Pedrito is that "Timbasa" is as much his project as it is mine. He co-produced the recording and set things up in response to a funny challenge. I ran into him somewhere and he asked me when we were going to collaborate on another project. Sort of goofing on him I said, "Find me a piano player and a bass player who are as good as you and bring a couple of drummers." I had no idea what he was going to deal me! [...]
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...

Conversation With Dita Sullivan

For the past two Tuesdays, I have been stopping by at Minton’s on 118th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, in the heart of Harlem...

One on One with Danilo Pérez: 10th Panama Jazz Festival

The Panama Jazz Festival was founded in September 2003 by Panamanian Grammy-winning pianist Danilo Pérez. A Fulbright Scholar, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Cultural Ambassador of...

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....

NYC Latin On Lex: A Latin Jazz Fest

"The Y is a first rank cultural institution, and it’s an honor and a privilege to help them with this new festival, and hopefully serve as a bridge..."

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,...

Q&A With Cultural Historian Ivor Miller

Q&A with Ivor Miller, Cultural Historian, Author And Senior Lecturer at the Department of History and International Studies at the University of Calabar, Cross...

Q & A With Dr. Felipe Salles

A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Dr. Felipe Salles is an Assistant Professor of Jazz and African-American Music Studies at the University of Massachusetts...

Conversation with Amanda Martínez

As part of the Royal Conservatory 2012-2013 Season, World Music Series, World Music, Pop, Royal Conservatory Presents: Amanda Martínez with Special Guest Javier Limón...

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...
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...

Alex Conde Releases “Descarga For Monk”

Alex Conde was born into a family of artists indigenous to Spain. His father, Alejandro Conde, is a superstar singer in the style of “Cancion Española.”

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...

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