Tuesday, October 20, 2020

From Recife, Brazil: SpokFrevo Orquestra

SpokFrevo Orquestra draws inspiration from frevo, a vibrant music of elaborated arrangements and deep roots. SpokFrevo takes the tradition to the centre stage, but...

Puerto Rican Composer, Saxophonist Edgar Abraham

Edgar Abraham is a saxophonist, composer and master of sixteen instruments. Additionally, he is the creator of the unmatched Hyper-Virtuoso technique for the saxophone....
Ray Mantilla

Ray Mantilla and Ali Bello by Andrew James

Jazz Photographer Andrew James Presents Ali Bello & The Sweet Wire Band at the New Haven Jazz Fest 2014, and the Ray Mantilla Ensemble...

The Incredible Renesito Avich

René Avich Wanton, new exponent of the Tres guitar in Cuba. Winner of several national competitions: Festival Contest "Ignacio Piñeiro", "Cubadisco Award 2011", "Competition...

Brasstronomical: The Latin Connection

“Misterioso,” a sparkling Latin jazz track from the new Heavyweights Brass Band album Brasstronomical, pays tribute to the great José Luis "Changuito" Quintana. In fact, “Misterioso” composer and Heavyweights trombonist Christopher Butcher...

2014 TD Toronto Jazz Fest In Images – Part 2

On its 28th edition, during 10 days in June (from June 19 to June 28, 2014), the TD Toronto Jazz Festival presented more than...

2014 TD Toronto Jazz Fest In Images – Part 1

On its 28th edition, during 10 days in June (from June 19 to June 28, 2014), the TD Toronto Jazz Festival presented more than...

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...

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 [...]

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 [...]