On Monday, November 7th, 2011 at the San Francisco Executive Arts Commission Meeting the resolution, spearheaded by Commissioner John Calloway was proposed to the board commissioners asking them to issue a formal request to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to immediately reinstate the 31 categories of music genres that were dropped from GRAMMY consideration on April 6, 2011 [...]
For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz,...
The first week of October, Venezuela will celebrate one of the most prestigious festivals in their country, Barquisimeto International Jazz Festival 2011. The city of Barquisimeto, province of Lara (Venezuela), will again be the centre of cultural musical and pedagogical events with the sixth edition of this festival. The foundation, which has the same name as the festival, will offer jazz lovers a great list of artists who will participate in concerts, lectures [...]
This Saturday, September 10th, Bettye LaVette will be the artist to close another edition of the Teatro Libre International Jazz Festival, in Bogota, Colombia. On this occasion, the woman with the expressive-voice, Bettye LaVette, will say goodbye to Bogota’s jazz lovers with an exciting concert at Julio Mario Santo Domingo Theater. Mrs. LaVette is going to be the last performer of this festival after nine days of concerts by recognized [...]
The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance announced that it will celebrate the 10th Anniversary season of the GRAMMY Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO), directed by Arturo O’Farrill, in 2011/12 at Symphony Space on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The ALJO will present three landmark programs to celebrate its first decade of existence. On October 14 and 15, the Orchestra will pay tribute to Andy and Jerry González, founders of the pioneering [...]
For seven days Cali city will enjoy more than eighty jazz artists integrated in twelve bands (four national and eight international). The festival will offer the spectators twenty-six educational and artistic activities on eight different stages; there will be eleven free concerts and workshops and fifteen shows with discount prices for students and seniors. Cali City will be the place to meet a variety of extraordinary composers, musicians and interpreters of jazz [...]
Eddie Palmieri is one of the most exciting and renowned Latin pianists and leader of both Latin Jazz and Salsa Orchestras. He will be releasing his first official DVD on Tuesday, August 16th, entitled "Eddie Palmieri 50th Year Anniversary DVD." The DVD captures a unique live performance filmed at the Bushnell Memorial Theater in Hartford, CT. [...]
In a bold, but sincere and honest move, Pianist, Educator and Author Mark Levine decides to return his Grammy nominations to NARAS and LARAS, and distances himself from such organizations. Here is his letter to Mr. Neil Portnow.
American comedian, TV producer, educator, and activist Bill Cosby has joined a roster of respected celebrities and musicians including Paul Simon, Esperanza Spalding, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana with wife Cindy Blackman, and John Carter Cash supporting musicians protesting the elimination of ethnic and instrumental Grammy Award categories, recently cut by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences [...]
Welcome to Metro Square, the new Festival headquarters for this silver anniversary. In the heart of the Entertainment District (located at 55 John St., see map enclosed), the Square will host afternoon concerts, evening shows, Festival artisans and much, much more. The Entertainment District is a return to Festival roots, with the inaugural 1987 Festival located in this very neighborhood, 25 years ago. This is the first time the TD Toronto Jazz Festival [...]
This is not about a worthless little statue. It’s about solidarity. It’s about standing up to the Neil Portnows of the world. The backroom bullies who think that money is more important than people. They think that no ones going to notice that they line their pockets with cash by selling the American people down the river. It’s about saying to corporate America, CBS, Sony, Warner, and for that matter Chase, Goldman Sachs and the like, that all the thievery [...]
When two of the most acclaimed modern explorers of Cuban music combine their prodigious talents on the music they love, musical magic happens. That is demonstrated in truly enchanting fashion on Rhapsody Cubana, the debut duet recording by Jane Bunnett and Hilario Duran. They are both virtuoso players, arrangers, composers, and bandleaders in their own right, and they have the Juno Awards (and Grammy nominations) to prove it. Their shared musical [...]
A brief update on the NARAS / GRAMMY situation regarding the elimination of 31 genres for GRAMMY consideration.
A press conference was called by five-time Grammy nominated recording artist John Santos to bring attention to the The Recording Academy (NARAS) decision to restructure the Grammy's by consolidating categories and terminating Latin Jazz and many other American born music art forms for award consideration. Approximately 70 people were in attendance that included musicians, press, local producers and record labels [...]
100 years ago, on April 28, 1911, Mario Bauzá was born in La Habana. Today, he would be celebrating his 100th Anniversary. His musical legacy is enormous. Marrying Afro Cuban rhythms and Jazz, he is a founding Father of Afro Cuban Jazz (which over the years would evolve into what we now know as Latin jazz). He continues to influence musicians around the world. Being April Jazz Appreciation Month, let's celebrate Mario Bauzá [...]
On Wednesday, April 6, 2011 the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) announced the restructuring of the Grammy Award categories in order to “tighten and create a parallel structure among the various fields.” According to Ben Sisario of the New York Times, “The restructuring was a response to longstanding criticism in the music industry that too many categories were diluting the Grammy’s impact.” [...]
It was in 1965 that I wrote this in the liner notes of my album, “Azucar Pa’ Ti,” which was one of my most defining compositions in the genre of Latin Jazz. Latin Jazz, originally known as the Instrumental Mambo, happens to be one of the most unique Latin musical forms as it speaks directly to the melding of the African American culture with both the Cuban and Puerto Rican cultures in New York, during a time where we weren’t even allowed to work downtown [...]
Jazz Appreciation Month 2011 – the 10th Anniversary – examines the legacies of jazz women, and their advocates, who helped transform race, gender and social relations in the U.S. in the quest to build a more just and equitable nation. The International Sweethearts of Rhythm, founded in 1937 at the Piney Woods School in Mississippi, will be the focus of the JAM Launch a museum display and special online and public programming [...]
We are very excited about the progress of Filosofía Caribeña, but we are about $4000 short of matching the East Bay Community Foundation's grant to complete the project ($10,000). The foundation has generously extended their deadline to March 18th, so please consider contributing any amount large or small and helping us spread the word to make Filosofía as big and beautiful as it can be [...]