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Joey Altruda and Chocolate on set for the album, “Fellové & Joey,” October 1999. Photo by Katrina Webb

El Gran Fellové: Part 2- Enter Chocolate & Celio González

Early Sunday morning… I awoke to the pleasant surprise of a Google Alert...
Francisco Fellové Valdés and Joey Altruda

El Gran Fellové: Part 1- The Beginning

Francisco Fellové Valdés (October 7, 1923 – February 15, 2013), also known as El Gran Fellové (The...
Cuban Vocalist Estrella Acosta

Estrella Acosta Releases ‘Noche Cubana’, an Album of Traditional Cuban Songs

Noche Cubana from Cuban vocalist Estrella Acosta is a tribute to her motherland and its great troubadours.
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: Abrazando la Cultura del Jazz

Capítulo 1 de la serie: Edición 35 del Festival Internacional Jazz Plaza en La Habana Autor: Raul da Gama / Traducción del inglés: Oscar Montagut La...
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

Listen to: 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"...