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César Orozco & Kamarata Jazz - Rooted Forward - New Album

César Orozco and Kamarata Jazz to Release New Album: “Rooted Forward”

Co-Producers César Orozco and Rodner Padilla are thrilled to announce the October 16, 2020 release of Rooted...
Dafnis Prieto Sextet

Dafnis Prieto Sextet to Release “Transparency” on Dafnison Music

As the follow-up to his GRAMMY-winning big band album, Back to the Sunset, which DownBeat called "one...
Samuel Torres: Alegria

Samuel Torres: Alegría

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Pianist, Composer Manuel Valera

Manuel Valera New Cuban Express Big Band to Release New Album

Pianist/Composer Manuel Valera and his New Cuban Express Big Band to release new recording: “José Martí En Nueva York” (Greenleaf Music) (VOICE): Camila Meza, Sofia...
Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba: Hallowed

Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba: Hallowed

Of all of the utterly unique aspects of the music of Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba, some are more breathtaking than everything else. Firstly, to...

Emilio Solla Y La Inestable De Brooklyn: Second Half

In many ways “great music”—indeed—great art—just seems to “happen.” But artists have also variously described the process as a cataclysmic...

Miguel Zenón: Identities Are Changeable

What does it mean “to belong”? The Webster suggests that it is a verb that is defined as “to have or be in a...

NYC Winter Jazz Fest 2014 Report

Michele Rosewoman and New Yor-Uba Live at the Bitter End NYC Winter Jazz Fest 2014 Report - January 11, 2014 Report By NY Co-Editor, Tomas Peña In...

Paul Carlon – La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing: A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn

What on earth would Billy Strayhorn think of La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing? It is, after all, a somewhat irreverent tribute—the music is relocated from its original big band setting into the Latin realm...

AfroBop Alliance: Una Más

There is a sensuous, almost bordering on lustful, quality to the music on Una Más by the big band, AfroBop Alliance. Not that it is a bad thing at all; quite the contrary, the viscosity of the music is a result of the molten mix of bronzed horns and beautifully clouded woodwinds with elementally raw drums and percussion. The result is a saffron-coloured paella of swirling contra-danzas and soaring son-montuno and on event, a wistful bolero [...]