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Tito Rodriguez - vocalist, percussionist, composer, bandleader (1923 - 1973) Tito Rodriguez in the 1950’s through ‘60’s was a smooth voiced Latin nightclub crooner, who reigned over the radio and record charts geared toward the Puerto Rican community both in New York and on the island, where his music is still very popular. His popularity then grew broader and reached into all of Latin America. His distinct, resonant voice floated crystal-clear above the dense sound of his large orchestra, which was the best in its day. He is still revered as an uptempo sonero and a romantic singer who influenced the wave of salsa singers that followed. Pablo “Tito” Rodriguez was born on 4 January 1923, in Santurce, Puerto Rico

ARTICLE: RADIO

Kris Bowers, Steve Davis and More

Read "Kris Bowers, Steve Davis and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we start with the Motor City and veteran bassist Robert Hurst with musif off his latest CD Black Current Jam. From there, we get in some Modern Jazz Quartet, Kris Bowers off the “Green Book" Soundtrack and the great Steve Davis with music from his new album Correlations. We profile Kansas City trumpeter Alex ...

Meet Francesca "Cha Cha" Miano

Read "Meet Francesca "Cha Cha" Miano" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

A Newport Jazz Festival-New York concert at Carnegie Hall in the early 1970s got Queens native Francesca “Cha Cha" Miano hooked on hearing live jazz--even though, she says, some of the music she heard on the mixed bill that night was way ahead of her at the time. Little did she know that her magnificent obsession ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Tito Rodriguez: Mambo Madness

Tito Rodriguez: Mambo Madness

From 1974 to the early 1980s, disco ruled the clubs. But in the late 1940s and 1950s, the dance that was significantly more pervasive and influential was the mambo. From the start, the mambo's popularity was based on the imagery the music stirred up. The mambo was the music of elite Havana vacations and exotic drinks ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

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: INTERVIEWS

Miguel Zenon: Celebrating the Music of La Isla

Read "Miguel Zenon: Celebrating the  Music of La Isla" reviewed by Steve Bryant

For the last decade, saxophonist Miguel Zenón has distinguished himself as one of the most innovative and creative musicians in the modern jazz idiom. The Puerto Rican-born altoist accomplished this feat by reaching back to the musical and cultural traditions of his island. On groundbreaking recordings such as Jibaro (Marsalis Music, 2005) and Esta Plena (Marsalis ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Various Artists: Long Live Boogaloo: Rare Latin Boogaloos from Spanish Harlem 1963-'72

Read "Long Live Boogaloo: Rare Latin Boogaloos from Spanish Harlem 1963-'72" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Long Live Boogaloo captures rare and sometimes underground Latin boogaloo, traditional Cuban music shot up like steroids with James Brown and other hard-driving R&B sounds, which emerged from Spanish Harlem in the 1960s, compiled by producer Bobby Marin for Secret Stash.Even if this Boogaloo can sometimes sounds anachronistic, it still sounds vibrant and alive. ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

From Britain to Boogaloo

Read "From Britain to Boogaloo" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Chris BarberMemories of My TripProper American Records2011 You will find very few jazz retrospectives more thoroughly, warmly inviting than Memories of My Trip, which celebrates six decades of recording and performing by one of Britain's most enduring traditional jazz musicians--trombonist, bassist and bandleader Chris Barber. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Limited Edition "Long Live Boogaloo!" Double Vinyl

Limited Edition "Long Live Boogaloo!" Double Vinyl

In the mid 1960s Latin teenagers in New York's Spanish Harlem neighborhood created a new style of music called Latin boogaloo. The sound was a mix of the Cuban music they grew up with and American R&B like James Brown and Hank Ballard. It quickly caught on and before long the young purveyors of this new ...

NEWS: EVENT

Music Greats Gather to Celebrate Latin Jazz Legend Ray Santo's 80th Birthday

Music Greats Gather to Celebrate Latin Jazz Legend Ray Santo's 80th Birthday

New York, NY -- Candido Camero, Alfredo “Chocolate" Armenteros and Jimmy Bosch will gather with the Latin Jazz All Stars for a special 80th birthday celebration for legendary Latin jazz composer, arranger and saxophonist Ray Santos on Monday, May 18th at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The ensemble group will perform sizzling Santos ...


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