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Rumba for Tata Güines

Rumba for Tata Güines – June 28 to 30, 2020

Federico Arístides Soto Alejo (Tata Güines) will be remembered this month in his homeland, Güines. For the 90th anniversary of his birth on June...
Arsenio Rodríguez and his conjunto in the 1940s

A Brief History of the Cuban Style Conjunto

1930: The Orquesta Típica is out and the Conjunto is in The year 1930 marked a turning point in the development of popular Cuban music....
Dafnis Prieto - Rhythmic Synchronicity

Dafnis Prieto: Rhythmic Synchronicity

A review of the book by Dafnis Prieto, entitled Rhythmic Synchronicity – Individual and Collective Drumming Skills: A rhythmic course for non-drummers Anyone who has...
Omara Portuondo, Ethiel Faílde

Ethiel Faílde: Keeper of the Flame of Danzón

Did Miguel Faílde (1852-1921) create or even “consciously stumble” upon (both better epithet than “invented”) the now-iconic danzón dance form that Cuba gave the...
Orquesta Failde featuring Omara Portuondo Playlist

Orquesta Faílde featuring Omara Portuondo

Ethiel Faílde, great-great grandson of the incomparable Miguel Faílde is, indeed, the keeper of the flame of danzón; the true successor of the iconic...
35 Festival Internacional Jazz Plaza 2020 De La Habana A Santiago - Opening Night: Tributo a Juan Formell y Los Van Van - Photo credit: Danilo Navas, Raul Da Gama

Jazz Plaza 2020: Embracing the Culture of Jazz

Chapter one of our series: 35th Jazz Plaza International Festival in Havana Culture - the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation,...
Aldo Lopez-Gavilan At Jazz Bistro

Aldo López-Gavilán Trio Live at Toronto’s Jazz Bistro

Cuban renowned pianist and composer Aldo López-Gavilán debuts with his trio format in Toronto at Jazz Bistro. Friday March 13, 2020 at 9:00 PM at...
Carlos Sarduy

Artist Profile: Carlos Sarduy

Carlos Sarduy was born on the 9th of March in La Habana, Cuba. He is currently considered one of the most important Cuban trumpet...
Festival Internacional Jazz Plaza 2020

Festival Internacional Jazz Plaza Celebrates 35th Anniversary

From January 14 to 19, 2020, the 35th edition of the International Jazz Plaza Festival is being held in Havana and Santiago de Cuba,...

Chucho Valdés: 100 Años de Bebo

100 Años de Bebo (100 years of Bebo): A tune by Bebo, rescued from oblivion by Chucho Valdés, played by Regina Carter, and set...

Alberto Lescay & Formas: Escape

The title Escape has an intriguing ring to it. Escape from what, you might ask? And then the music begins and you get the...
Artist Profile - Ernesto Vega

Artist Profile: Ernesto Vega

Clarinetist, Saxophonist, Composer, Bandleader Ernesto Vega is a graduate of the Higher Institute of Art in Havana, Cuba. He also attended The José M. Ochoa...
Artist Profile - César Orozco

Artist Profile: César Orozco

“César Orozco manages to make the best combination between Cuban, Jazz and Venezuelan music I ever heard”. Paquito D’Rivera César Orozco is a prolific Cuban/Venezuelan pianist,...

Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall Presents: A Tuba to Cuba

Roy Thomson Hall Presents A Tuba to Cuba: Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Yusa & Special Guests Tuesday October 29 at 8:00 PM - BUY...

Daymé Arocena To Release New Album: Sonocardiogram

Havana, Cuba -- Wednesday, July 10, 2019 -- The new album, Sonocardiogram, from Daymé Arocena is a vivid return to her Havana roots. Backed...
Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo Honours “The Queen of Salsa” Celia Cruz

On April 19, 2019, Angélique Kidjo released Celia (Verve/Universal Music France), an album that honors Celia Cruz, widely known as "the Queen of Salsa"...
Elio Villafranca

Elio Villafranca Presents New Suite: “Don’t Change My Name”

World Premiere of Elio Villafranca’s Don’t Change My Name Free Concert – May 28, 2019 – 6 pm to 7 pm Rain Date – June 3,...
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...
Arturo Sandoval at Flato Markham Theatre

Feel The Heat: Arturo Sandoval at Flato Markham Theatre

Arturo Sandoval - Cuban Focus Series - March 23, 2019 Spring had arrived but you wouldn’t know it by the temperature outside. Only the billboard...
Gastón Joya

Artist Profile: Gastón Joya

Born in Guanabacoa, Havana City, Ángel Gastón Joya Perellada comes from an artists’ family. He started playing...