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Raul Agraz: Between Brothers

Read "Between Brothers" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Venezuelan-born and classically trained trumpeter Raul Agraz makes an impressive North American debut with Between Brothers, a vibrant album of Latin-oriented jazz whose harmonic and rhythmic quotients are about as strong and steady as one could wish. As is the case in other contexts these days, the term “brothers" is presumably used in a metaphorical sense, ...

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4th Edition South Florida Dominican Jazz Fest - Tributes "El Comandante" Mario Rivera Set for October 17

4th Edition South Florida Dominican Jazz Fest  - Tributes "El Comandante" Mario Rivera Set for October 17

In October 2012, Landestoy Enterprises presented a completely new and exiting concept from the Dominican Republic: The South Florida Dominican Jazz Fest. A multicultural event that brought to Florida the best Jazz currently being made by musicians in the Dominican Republic as well as Dominicans living in the United States. October of this year is just ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ivan Renta: Take Off - A Musical Odyssey

Read "Take Off - A Musical Odyssey" reviewed by James Nadal

There is a time honored tradition in jazz of coming up as a sideman, earning as well as learning, paying some dues, and then moving on to a solo project. Saxophonist Ivan Renta has been doing just that. With an extensive formal music education, a premier session man and after years in the horn section of ...

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Jack Cooper: Mists: Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra

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Charles Edward Ives (1874-1954), one of the first American composers of classical music to earn an international reputation, derived his inspiration from themes he had heard while growing up in Connecticut: hymns, traditional folk songs, marching bands (his father led one), patriotic songs, parlor ballads, Saturday night dances, and especially the melodies of the great Stephen ...

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Jack Cooper: Mists - Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra

Read "Mists - Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

American composer Charles Ives (1874-1954) was an arts iconoclast in the vein of his contemporary poet Wallace Stevens (1879-1955). Both men were successful business executives who profoundly changed American art as an avocation. Ive's music brimmed with an Americana that sounds slightly sepia-toned today, but that has not prevented it's subjugation as subject for jazz interpretation, ...

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Jazz With Dominican Accents and Flavours Back in South Florida

In October 2012, Landestoy Enterprises presented a completely new and exiting concept from the Dominican Republic: The South Florida Dominican Jazz Fest. A multicultural event that brought to Florida the best Jazz currently being made by musicians in the Dominican Republic as well as Dominicans living abroad. At this event, Miami witnessed the Jazz proposals from the ...

Luis Bonilla, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tony Levin & Otis Taylor

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The Luis Bonilla Quintet
Dizzy's Club
March 19, 2013

For two nights only, trombonist Luis Bonilla brought his quintet to Dizzy's Club. The first set on the first evening launched off into an assured blast of convoluted style amalgamation. Many might view Bonilla as a Latin jazz specialist because ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Chembo Corniel: Afro-Blue Monk

Read "Afro-Blue Monk" reviewed by Steve Bryant

Nuyrican conguero Wilson “Chembo" Corniel is a member of the Afro-Latin New Wave, and has been making quite a name for himself as an accomplished composer and bandleader. Raised in Brooklyn, Corniel developed and honed his prodigious skills in the musically rich environs of the New York Latin scene. He performed with giants of Latin music ...

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South Florida Dominican Jazz Fest Presents Dominican Accents and Flavours to South Florida

South Florida Dominican Jazz Fest Presents Dominican Accents and Flavours to South Florida

South Florida Dominican Jazz Fest presents Dominican accents and flavours to South Florida. Next Friday, October 19th at 8:00pm the first version of The South Florida Dominican Jazz Fest will be held. The event will be inaugurated by the creators of Festival - Jazz en Dominicana & Landestoy Enterprises, they will be accompanied by the Mayor of Miami, Tomás Regalado and ...

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Arturo O'Farrill Sextet: Detroit Jazz Festival, September 2, 2012

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Arturo O'Farrill Sextet
Detroit Jazz Festival
Detroit, MI
Sept. 2, 2012

This year's Detroit Jazz Festival had so much from the Latin side that one could choose from the genre buffet. If the Puerto Rican plate didn't move you, there was The West Coast flavas and even some Spanish sabor. For the fans of good ...