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Elio Villafranca: Epic Journey in search of Cinque

Elio Villafranca: Epic Journey in search of Cinque

There has always been a healthy restlessness to Elio Villafranca. When I spoke to him in February 2015 he was about to debut a...
Elio Villafranca - Cinque

Elio Villafranca: Cinque

The record package itself for Cinque is modest, but oddly impressive; its black cover has the title and Mr Villafranca’s name hand lettered across...

Elio Villafranca: Letters to Mother Africa II

Cuban Jazz Artist Elio Villafranca To Headline At Aaron Davis Hall ‘Cuba – Senegal: Letters to Mother Africa II,’ acclaimed pianist-composer’s ode to Cuba and...

Hilton Ruiz: Heroes

Although the extraordinary pianist Hilton Ruiz made many superb recordings in his short career, none is more iconic than Heroes and it is not...

Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s Life And Music Celebration – San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

RAHSAANATHON: A Celebration of the Life & Music of Rahsaan Roland Kirk Special Report by Tomas Peña from San Jose, California Saw Steve Turre and the...

Steve Turre: Spiritman

There are few recordings to wait for with greater anticipation than one by trombonist and seashellist Steve Turre. This extraordinary musician bestrides two disparate...
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Elio Villafranca’s Vision Comes Alive at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Pianist, composer, arranger Elio Villafranca and the Jass Syncopator's presented Cinqué - The Suite of the Caribbean at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Appel Room...

Elio Villafranca: In step with time – past, present and future

It is three days before my scheduled interview with the musician and pianist Elio Villafranca. I have long been fascinated by his ferocious talent...

Dave Chamberlain’s Band of Bones: Caravan

Trombone choirs are few and far between. Good trombone choirs even less so and great ones almost non-existent. Some of the finest choirs...

Donald Harrison Live At The Jazz Standard

Alto saxophonist Donald Harrison - also known as Big Chief of the Congo Square Nation - brought progressive jazz and the funk, groove and...

Elio Villafranca Live: Caribbean Tinge

Editor Danilo Navas and New York Co-Editor Tomas Peña Discuss Elio Villafranca and The Jass Syncopators: Caribbean Tinge Live at Dizzy’s (Motema Music) TP: I...

Steve Turre – The Bones of Art

This may not be the first time that Steve Turre has used multiple trombones on a recording date nor will it be the last....

John Santos Sextet: Filosofía Caribeña Vol. 2

One aspect of John Santos’ music that sets him apart from many artists in the Latin realm is the depth of its spiritual consciousness....

Steve Turre – Woody`s Delight

Few trombone players in Steve Turre’s generation have pushed the boundaries of their instrument further than he has. Born of the blue, hard bopping...

A Benefit Tribute to Dave Valentin

Monday, May 7th 10PM at Le Poisson Rouge, NYC Featuring Andy Gonzalez and Libre, with  guest jazz soloists Sonny Fortune and Steve Turre, Papo Vazquez...

T.K. Blue: Latin Bird

The hypothesis that in Charlie “Bird” Parker’s music the cultures of the world collided may be new, even unheard of until now. The elemental polyrhythms of Africa were melded into the folk forms of America and both were glorified in the polyphony of European music as Bird soared. The alto saxophonist wrote and played like a pianist; sang like a choir of angels and broke endless boundaries creating a music so timeless and elastic that it will, no doubt, live forever [...]

Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble – Blueprints (Chicago Sessions)

Darwin Noguera is a sublime talent. Not only does he have extraordinary technique, something he seems to have worked hard on, but he is...

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