Hilario Durán celebrates 35 years of musical career at the Royal Theatre in Toronto

Pianists abound in the Island of Cuba. Excellent pianists indeed, but only a selected group meet the high standards of virtuosity. Hilario Luis Durán...

“Nuevo Jazz Latino” at JALC in NYC

On the evenings of Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17, Cuban pianist, composer and bandleader Elio Villafranca hosted what he qualified as "an...

Celebrating Dinah and Sarah at Koerner Hall in Toronto

As part of the TD Jazz: Celebrating Dinah and Sarah series, Toronto jazz lovers were fortunate to see and listen a great performance by...

Manuel Obregón, Costarrican Pianist and Composer Receives Honorary Degree

Internationally known jazz and blues musician Manuel Obregón received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at York University on June 16, 2015. Following his...

Billy Cobham’s SPECTRUM 40 At The Flato Markham Theatre

Billy Cobham and his Spectrum 40 band performance in the renovated Flato Markham Theatre last Wednesday, October 9, 2013, was a real treat for...

“Salsa al Parque” Festival 2011 – A Tribute to the Magical Joe Arroyo

Last weekend Bogotá, the Colombian capital, celebrated another edition of Salsa al Parque, one of the biggest salsa festivals in Latin America. This is...
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Jane Bunnett: The Spirits Were Dancing In The Flesh

Concert Review: Jane Bunnett with special guest Chucho Valdés Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Koerner Hall, Toronto Notes were fluttering out of the bell of the...

Chucho Valdés At Flato Markham Theatre

On Friday, September 26, 2014, legendary Cuban Piano Master, Dionisio Jesús Valdés Rodríguez, better known as Chucho Valdés, offered a magnificent solo performance at...

ABUC – Roberto Fonseca Live In Montréal

ABUC - Roberto Fonseca Live In Concert at Le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2017 We climb the myriad stairs of Monument-National, on Boulevard...

2012 TD Toronto Jazz Fest – Report by Paul J. Youngman

Jazz Time 10/4 Time; finding time to take in the myriad of musical shows, from Mainstage, to back alley bars and out of the way...

Arturo Stable Presents Cuban Crosshatching

Part 2 of a 2 Part Performance Review Arturo Stable Presents Cuban Crosshatching Live at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia (Symphony Space) When Arturo Stable set out to...
Yaíma Sáez at Flato Markham Theatre

Yaíma Sáez Brings a Burst of Sunshine from Cuba to Canada

As part of the Cuban Focus Series (2018-2019 Diamond Season) Cuban singer Yaíma Sáez y su Grupo made their debut appearance at the intimate...

Cubano Be, Cubano Bop: A Memorable Night in Toronto with Poncho Sánchez

As part of the Royal Conservatory 2012-2013 Season, ¡Qué Rica Cuba! Series, Cubano Be, Cubano Bop: Poncho Sánchez and his Latin Jazz Band featuring...
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Etienne Charles – Carnival: The Sound of a People (Concert Review)

On the evening of November 16, 2018, Trinidadian native, amazing trumpet player, recording artist, bandleader, composer, arranger and educator Etienne Charles brought to Toronto...

Eddie Palmieri Brings Down The House at Koerner Hall in Toronto

There is something very special about sharing a moment in time and space with a legend, an artist –a consummate musician- who has transcended...

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 [...]

Flamenco Legend Tomatito at Koerner Hall

José Fernández Torres, better known as Tomatito (born in Almería, Spain in 1958), is one of the greatest living flamenco guitarist. He started his...

Chucho Valdes at the NJPAC: Concert Review

The New Jersey Performing Arts Centre Presents Chucho Valdés and the Afro Cuban Messengers The Hiromo Trio Project Performance Review By Thomas Peña On Sunday, January 21st the...
Diego El Cigala

Diego El Cigala Pays Tribute to the Soul and Spirit of Salsa Music

"Diego Ramón Jiménez Salazar (born in Madrid, on December 27, 1968), known as El Cigala (Spanish for 'Norway Lobster', a popular crustacean in Spain),...
Wayne Shorter Quartet at Koerner Hall - Toronto, April 22, 2017

Wayne Shorter Quartet Live @Koerner Hall

Wayne Shorter Quartet @ Koerner Hall - TO 22/4/2017 I Dare You The Wayne Shorter Quartet, a treat for our times, these troubled times, when the...