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ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Arturo Sandoval: Two Counties, Two Lives, One Trumpet de Oro

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Arturo Sandoval is widely considered the world's premier living trumpet player. You will get no argument from me. After a tumultuous life in Cuba, he and his family successfully sought political asylum in the United States. His story is well documented in For Love or Country (HBO, 2000). Andy Garcia portrays Sandoval in this movie that ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Omar Sosa: Building Bridges Not Walls

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Cuban-born pianist, Omar Sosa is a passionate man. Music, religion, family, his relationship to the planet—all these are inseparable to an artist whose musical world is steeped in the Afro-Cuban heritage that he draws upon so personally and individually in his work. Spinning culinary metaphors to describe the processes of music-making, he sings the praises of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dayramir Gonzalez: The Grand Concourse

Read "The Grand Concourse" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Siamo abituati al debutto di prodigiosi pianisti cubani ma Dayramir González non è solo questo. Come Fabian Almazan appartiene alla nuova generazione di strumentisti maturata negli Stati Uniti, capace di sofisticate sintesi orchestrali, coniugando le radici popolari ed etniche della terra d'origine, le forme del jazz ed evidenti riferimenti classici.
Nato e cresciuto all'Avana ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Hilario Durán At Telus Centre

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Hilario Durán and his Latin Jazz Big Band
Telus Centre for Performance and Learning
Toronto, Canada
February 9, 2019

A “dream concert" is how Hilario Durán characterized the show featuring his Latin Jazz Big Band and the great drummer Horacio “El Negro" Hernández. Cuban-born piano great Durán settled in Canada in the mid-nineties and ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2018: The Year in Jazz

Read "2018: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2018 was a busy one for the jazz world. The genre's version of the #MeToo movement resulted in a new Code of Conduct and other efforts to make the music workplace more equitable. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which ran a high-profile ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chucho Valdes: Jazz Bata 2

Read "Jazz Bata 2" reviewed by Chris Mosey

With Jazz Bata 2, composer pianist and bandleader Chucho Valdés finally follows up on an experimental album he cut in Cuba in 1972. The subject matter of both records is the folklore and religious beliefs of the Yoruba slaves shipped to the Caribbean between 1770 and 1840.

On Jazz Bata 2 Valdés' piano ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Bailey’s Bundle – Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part IX

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Yilian Cañizares and Omar Sosa
Aguas
Ota Records
2018

Pianist/composer Omar Sosa has established himself as a pioneer at the edge of Cubano-Caribbean music. Sosa teams with violinist/vocalist Yilian Cañizares for a breezy and sensual stroll through 11 original, for lack of a better term, world music compositions that are as ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

SFJAZZ: Decades After, Five Years In

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Five years after the jny: San Francisco, California organization SFJAZZ created its own building, the SFJAZZ Center, it has proved a raving, even rampaging, success, unrelenting in programming, sales, education, and music production. Its number of concerts has doubled from 248 to more than 500. Its membership has increased by almost 200% to more than 14,000. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Matsuli Music: The Fight Against Forgetting

Read "Matsuli Music: The Fight Against Forgetting" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

Now approaching a decade of operations, Matsuli Music has placed itself at the frontline of reissuing some of South Africa's most influential, important, and yet nevertheless now difficult-to-find albums in pursuit of its stated mission: “The Fight Against Forgetting." Indeed, to that end, founder Matthew Temple has done extraordinary work, as thanks to his efforts, classic ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

2018 Bergamo Jazz Festival

Read "2018 Bergamo Jazz Festival" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti

Photos from the Bergamo Jazz Festival 2018, held in jny: Bergamo from 22 to 25 March 2018, featuring Rita Marcotulli, Logan Richardson, Claudio Fasoli, Simona Severini, Maceo Parker, Roger Rota, Louis Sclavis & Vincent Courtois, Pulsar Ensemble, Linda May Han Oh, Chucho Valdes & Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Chano Dominguez, Zach Brock & Phil Markowitz, Jeremy Pelt, Silvia ...