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Bobby Matos Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble: Bobby Matos: Ritmo & Blues

Read "Bobby Matos: Ritmo & Blues" reviewed by Chuck Koton

Fate blessed Bobby Matos. For a kid who dreamed of growing up to be a Latin jazz musician, he could not have been born in a more fortuitous time and place.

In the years after World War Two, Nueva York's Hispanic population exploded. Between the years 1940 and 1960, the number of Puerto Ricans ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Latin Jazz Conversations: Bobby Matos (Part 6)

Latin Jazz Conversations: Bobby Matos (Part 6)

Artists spend the lives in the creative realm of the world, overflowing with new and exciting musical ideas. In fact, they rarely spend a day in search of new ideas or possibilities. The only issue becomes reconciling their abundance of creative energy with a world that doesn't see the same possibilities. The reality of this clash ...

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Latin Jazz Conversations: Bobby Matos (Part 5)

Latin Jazz Conversations: Bobby Matos (Part 5)

One of the most exiting parts of being a seasoned professional is the ability to touch other people's artistic statements and make a difference. During an artist's younger days, their main focus lies upon their own personal development as a musician. While they reach their peers, their collaborations generally don't make overarching impacts. More experienced professionals ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Latin Jazz Conversations: Bobby Matos (Part 4)

Latin Jazz Conversations: Bobby Matos (Part 4)

Every musician reaches a point in their life when they simply need a change. Too much of any good thing can drive a person to boredom and an overload of the negative powers will certainly make an artist crazy. When a musician reaches this point, the need for change drives their next set of decisions. In ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Latin Jazz Conversations: Bobby Matos (Part 3)

Latin Jazz Conversations: Bobby Matos (Part 3)

The music business presents a crazy ride for any young artist, sending them through waves of ups and downs. When an artist first ventures into the wild frontier known as the music business, all the rules and everyday procedures seem absolutely foreign. Everything must be learned, and in many cases, it must be learned the hard ...

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Latin Jazz Conversations: Bobby Matos (Part 2)

Latin Jazz Conversations: Bobby Matos (Part 2)

Musical growth never occurs instantaneously, it's an evolutionary process that happens through incremental learning. Every musician starts somewhere, whether it's through contact with an instrument, hearing an inspirational recording, or getting words of wisdom from a mentor. Moving forward, their task is to piece together an understanding of music bit by bit, through a number of ...

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Latin Jazz Conversations: Bobby Matos (Part 1)

Music forms a powerful connection with young people, and for those with a predisposition to music, it inspires any number of reactions. Every listening experience becomes a revelation, and exposure to great music will only heighten their enthusiasm. Movement becomes mandatory as they interpret the nature of the beat combined with their own instinctual emotions around ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Bobby Matos Latin Jazz Ensemble at the Saville Theater

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Bobby Matos Latin Jazz Ensemble
Saville Theater, San Diego City College
San Diego, CA
June 29, 2010

Tuesday's concert was another excellent installment in the “Jazz Live" series, promoted and co-sponsored by San Diego City College and one of the few true jazz radio station's left in our country, KSDS Jazz 88. Once a month during ...

ARTICLE: MEGAPHONE

Latin Jazz: A Legitimate American Music

Read "Latin Jazz: A Legitimate American Music" reviewed by AAJ Staff

By Bobby Matos

Well-informed historians and critics have stated that they believe jazz is America's only art form or its most important art form. Obviously, to music scholars and experts, most pop music derives from jazz, including R&B, rock, hiphop and other subgenres.

One of jazz music's most important styles, however, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bobby Matos And The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble: Acknowledgement

Read "Acknowledgement" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A veteran percussionist and pioneer of the Latin jazz genre since the early sixties, Bobby Matos has created an excellent fusion of Latin and Afro-jazz music on Acknowledgement. Matos records ten original hot and heavy, hip-moving compositions with his Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble and pays tribute to the legendary John Coltrane with Afro-Latin arrangements of three ...