Content by tag "Kat Parra"

ARTICLE: RADIO

Honoring Melba Liston

Read "Honoring Melba Liston" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast presents a special tribute to trombonist, composer and arranger Melba Liston in the third hour in honor of her 93rd birthday and also includes cuts from new releases by vocalist Roberta Donnay and pianist/composer Carol Albert, with more birthday shout outs to Elvis Presley, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ruth Brown and Ingrid Jensen.

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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Redwood City Salsa Festival 2016

Read "Redwood City Salsa Festival 2016" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Downtown Redwood City
Redwood City Salsa Festival
Redwood City, CA
September 24, 2016

The 9th annual Redwood City Salsa Festival held at the downtown civic center was packed with families, friends, and salsa music lovers from all over the San Francisco Bay Area. High temperatures approaching 100 degrees at the RCSF ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kat Parra: Las Aventuras de Pasion!

Read "Las Aventuras de Pasion!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Kat Parra's voice may be the ultimate manifestation of the entire Latin music diaspora. While countless singers dabble in bossa nova or wander far and wide atop Afro-Cuban grooves, few people tackle the scope of music that Parra takes on. Engaging the totality of the entire Latin spectrum is no easy feat, but she seems willing ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kat Parra: Las Aventuras de Pasion!

Read "Las Aventuras de Pasion!" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

A collaboration between vocalist Kat Parra and trombonist/arranger Wayne Wallace would be reason enough to celebrate ¡Las Aventuras de Pasión!, the duo favoring a slightly more languorous than usual Afro-Cuban jazz, richly played and brightly sung. Wallace has mined this vein on a string of remarkably good records over the last decade or so. Highlights of ...

NEWS: WEBSITE

Jazz Near You Imports GigPress Events for Jazz Musicians

Jazz Near You Imports GigPress Events for Jazz Musicians

Jazz Near You—the web's leading jazz event aggregator—now imports events uploaded by musicians through GigPress—the WordPress calendar plugin. Musicians including trumpeter Dave Douglas and saxophonist Donny McCaslin, both GigPress users, now see their dates uploaded to Jazz Near You within 24 hours of uploading them to the Greenleaf Music website. If you are a jazz musician and use ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kat Parra: Dos Amantes

Read "Dos Amantes" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

It was called Al-Andalus from about 711 AD until it succumbed to the rule of the Portuguese in 1492 AD. But in between that period the Iberian Peninsula that includes Andalusia, Granada, and Castile--modern Spain--was ruled by several Moslem Dynasties of Moorish (North African) origin. They created a legendary culture of inclusion allowing several faiths to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kat Parra & Sephardic Music Experience: Dos Amantes

Read "Dos Amantes" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Some music defies categorization. In the case of Dos Amantes, by Kat Parra & The Seraphic Experience, it's the blending of several styles that make genre assignment a challenge; to place it in one area would be to omit others.

Parra played piano as a child and later studied flute. After marrying at 18, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Vocalist and Composer Kat Parra Returns with Her New Ensemble, the Sephardic Music Experience in Dos Amantes

Vocalist and Composer Kat Parra Returns with Her New Ensemble, the Sephardic Music Experience in Dos Amantes

* Featuring special guests Jason McGuire, guitar; Ravi Gutala, tablas; and members of the Temple Sinai Choir of Oakland * “… a moveable feast of Latin styles... [Her vocals are] beautifully shaped; her grasp of [the] archaic Judeo-Spanish style is remarkable.” — Philip Van Vleck, Billboard Review “… an exceptional world-music ambassador… an album [Azucar de Amor] about ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kat Parra: Azucar de amor

Read "Azucar de amor" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

La cantante Kat Parra ha trovato il modo migliore di esprimersi musicalmente confrontandosi con la musica dei paesi di lingua spagnola. Non solo i ritmi più famosi e conosciuti di salsa, merengue e mambo, ma anche canti provenienti dalla tradizione degli ebrei sefarditi in Spagna o afro-peruviani. Il tutto senza mai dimenticare l'amore per il jazz. Azucar de ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kat Parra: Azucar de Amor

Read "Azucar de Amor" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

The first striking thing about Azucar de Amor, Kat Parra's sophomore effort, is that she has assembled a hell of a band: the credits are littered with Latin music stalwarts such as pianist Jovino Santos Neto, percussionist John Santos, and trumpeter Ray Vega.

Those whose names may not be so familiar also sound great. This ...