Saturday, September 19, 2020

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,...
Oscar Valdés Founder of Irakere

Oscar Valdés, founder of Irakere and now band leader of Diákara

Irakere was Cuba’s invention to enable the Cuban scene to compete with the international rock music development. The innovative band became a great success and won a Grammy in the 70s. The Cuban state cut the success tour when it forced the group to cancel their concerts in the US in favour of local events. The founders Chucho Valdés, Cuba’s most famous pianist until today, and Oscar Valdés, percussionist and singer, are two of Cuba’s [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]
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...

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...

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...
One on One with Marlon Simon

One on One with Drummer, Composer, Educator Marlon Simon

DN: Hi Marlon, welcome back to the musical scene, we at latinjazznet.com are very excited about...

In Conversation With Edsel Gómez

“Edsel Gómez’s Road to Udaipur is a sumptuously laid out album. Not only is the package bursting with myriad colors, but so is the...

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 [...]

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...

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...

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! [...]

In Conversation with Master Timbalero, Ralph Irizarry

"Latin jazz is one of the few distinct art forms the USA has given the world. Ralph Irizarry and Timbalaye's new CD give us...

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...

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 Andy González

Andy González On "Entre Colegas/Among Colleagues Interview Conducted by Truth Revolution Recording Collective TRR: Who did you choose for Entre Colegas and why? Andy González: I...

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! [...]
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...