Tag: Willie Martinez

Online Event: Zaccai Curtis Afro-Cuban Jazz Quartet

(Bronx, NY)  Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture presents “Zaccai Curtis Afro-Cuban Jazz Quartet” on Friday...

Ray Martinez and the Forgotten Legacy of Jazz

Sometime in the very near future, several of the jazz world's best known writers and musicologists will...

Mike Freeman ZonaVibe · Blue Tjade

This homage is enormously impressive. Freeman’s work on this album swings magnificently and ranges from a white-hot...

Candido: The Master

The term “legend” is best reserved for dead people: Buddy Bolden, Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus; and directly...

Yolanda Duke: Te Llevo Bajo la Piel

This recording Te Llevo Bajo le Piel brings together the last orchestra of the great Tito Puente...

Alí Bello: Connection Caracas-New York

Connection Caracas—New York features the new Alí Bello. Gone is the flamboyance that marked his playing when he auditioned for the You Tube Symphony Orchestra 2011, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas...

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 [...]

The Latin Giants of Jazz – Ven Baila Conmigo (Gigante Records 2009)

It is a daunting task to play in the idioms of jazz, salsa and mambo in a big band setting without the spirit of El Rey, Tito Puente in attendance. But timbalero and musical director, Jose Madera acquits himself with distinction on "Ven Baila Conmigo," this record that explodes with that special energy that Puente imparted to his excursions when he was alive [...]

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