Sebastian Schunke: Live in Berlin 2014

"Among the young musicians of today is a pianist who is known not only for his pianism, but also for his soul-searching intellect and...

Chucho Valdés & The Afro-Cuban Messengers Live at Soka University

Cuba's foremost pianist Chucho Valdés - winner of five Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards - has developed a brand new repertoire. Boasting...

Donald Vega: Spiritual Nature Recording Sessions

Live behind the scenes videos from the Rising Jazz Stars Studios for Donald Vega's recording Spiritual Nature (Resonance Records - August 2012). "It's a...

2012 TD Toronto Jazz Fest in images

On its 26th edition, one of the most important jazz festivals in Canada and North America took place between June 22nd and July 1st, 2012. The TD Toronto Jazz Festival has always presented some of the biggest names in jazz...

Hilario Durán Big Band with special guest Paquito D’Rivera

Grammy Award-winning sax master Paquito D’Rivera joined internationally renowned pianist and arranger Hilario Durán with his big band of 20 stellar Latin jazz artists. The concert...

AfroMantra performs for congahead.com

Conceived at SIR Studios in New York City on November 23rd, 1997 by Chilean-Cuban drummer and composer Alejandro “Alex” García, AfroMantra has been acclaimed for his masterful ability...

Spanish Harlem Orchestra in Toronto

Directly from "El Barrio" - New York The Spanish Harlem Orchestra A Salsa Christmas Toronto, December 9, 2011 at the Koerner Hall Photographs by Atael Weissman.

Emiliano Salvador and his Music on Video

On August 19, 1951, Emiliano Salvador was born in Puerto Padre, a municipality and city in the Las Tunas Province of Cuba. On a...

John Benitez at the congahead studio

Legendary bassist, John Benitez with a powerhouse band at the congahead.com studio, performing his original compositions: Rumba, Purpose, Bomba Lírica and Pureza. The group...
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Brian Lynch “Unsung Heroes” Project

The “Unsung Heroes” project represents a bold step in redefining the relationship between the jazz artist and the audience. “Unsung Heroes” transforms the jazz tradition even as it affirms it, through the breakthrough use of current technology to make the creative process of a classic form aurally transparent. “Unsung Heroes” allows a crucial segment of the jazz audience – the practitioner/listener – to directly enter the music as a participant [...]

Jane Bunnett and The Cuban Piano Masters at Koerner Hall

This unique musical group was first conceived in Havana, Cuba in 1992 at the National Theatre with the great Cuban pianists José María Vitier and the late Frank Emilio. It was brought to fruition in Canada in 1993 with a ground-breaking concert at the Glenn Gould Theatre (CBC) and became Jane Bunnett's recording debut for EMI/Bluenote [...]
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Ernesto Simpson All-Star Band and Yosvany Terry by Martin Cohen

"On October 18, 2009 renowned drummer, Ernesto Simpson brought an all-star band to my home on to perform a composition of his and Manuel Valera's. With him for this date were Samuel Torres, conga; Yosvany Terry, soprano sax; Osmany Paredes, keyboard and Yunior Terry, bass." Martin Cohen

2009 Art of Jazz Festival – Cuban Orchestra Anacaona

Seventy-seven years after the first band was formed, the spirit of the original members of Anacaona is still alive. Today the band's leaders -sisters Georgina and Dorita Aguirre- maintain the legacy they received from the Castro Zalarriaga sisters [...]

Tutuma Social Club – Afro-Peruvian jazz in NYC

Modeled after the popular Peruvian "peñas" Tutuma Social Club is the first Afro-Peruvian jazz venue in New York City. New York restaurateur and owner of Tutuma, Santina Matwey, got inspired after a trip -tour peru- organized by Gabriel Alegria, who -as Artistic Director of Tutuma- is in charge of [...]

Jane Bunnett at Hugh’s Room, Toronto – February 27, 2009

Jane Bunnett is joined on stage by her group The Spirits of Havana and special guest vocalists Elizabeth Sheppard and Telmary Diaz. Performing songs from her new critically acclaimed CD “Embracing Voices“ as well as a wide variety of songs from her many award winning albums [...]
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