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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. ...


Roberto Fonseca: The worthy heir of Afro-Cuban Jazz

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Success didn't knock on his door by random luck. Roberto Fonseca has worked hard to earn his reputation as one of the most renowned and skillful Cuban jazz pianists of his generation.

The 38 year-old musician started playing drums when he was four years old and played at the International Jazz Festival of Havana ...


Harold Lopez-Nussa: New Day

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Following in the footsteps and tradition of Chucho Valdés, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Roberto Fonseca, Harold López-Nussa is at the forefront of a new generation of Cuban jazz pianists, one that includes Rolando Luna and Marialy Pacheco--fellow winners of the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition. López-Nussa's win in 2005 launched an international career that has since ...


Outlook Great For Orange County (CA) Jazz Fans For Upcoming 2013-14 Season

In Southern California, Orange County’s jazz fans have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming 2013-14 season. Events begin September 17 at Segerstom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa with Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club showcasing the magical music of Cuba. The club presents some of Cuba’s finest jazz artists: singer–Omara Portuondo, guitarist Eliades Ochoa, lutenist ...


Jazz Festivals Flower in Colombia

Jazz Festivals Flower in Colombia

By Mark Holston Colombians know a great deal about the power of music. In the 1980s and early '90s, when cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar and other drug lords turned South America's second most populous country into a battlefield, music was used as a tool to lure youngsters away from a life of drug-fueled violence. In the state ...


Roberto Fonseca, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Daniel Humair, Michel Portal & Vincent Peirani perform at Souillac Jazz Festival this July

Roberto Fonseca, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Daniel Humair, Michel Portal & Vincent Peirani perform at Souillac Jazz Festival this July

The new jazz generation converges with its Afro-American roots this year at the Souillac Jazz Festival in southwest France, to be held from 15 to 21 July. SIX EVENING CONCERTS 16 July The Trio d'en bas will stage an entertaining and unusual spectacle in the Grottes de Lacave. 18 July The drummer Daniel Humair will lead his “Sweet & Sour” Quartet ...


Marialy Pacheco: A Sunshine State of Mind

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It takes courage and self-belief to up sticks and try your luck in another country. There is, after all, no guarantee that things will work out, and some hard times are almost assured. The language barrier can leave you feeling utterly isolated, and until you gain fluency it is not possible to be truly yourself. It's ...


Roberto Fonseca returns with "Yo"

Roberto Fonseca returns with "Yo"

ROBERTO FONSECA "YO" New Album out 19 March 2012 Jazz Village/ harmonia mundi UK + UK TOUR

Roberto Fonseca is one of the most charismatic Cuban musicians of his generation. The Buena Vista Social Club® prodigy and Havana Cultura star has grabbed Cuban music by the horns and continued this party into the 21st century.    His new album YO is out on ...


27th Havana International Jazz Festival: Havana, Cuba, December 15-18, 2011

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27th Havana International Jazz Festival
Havana International Jazz Festival Plaza
Havana, Cuba
December 15-18, 2011
[Note: This is the second of a series of articles reporting on concerts and other activities that took place, as well as profiles of Cuban musicians who took part.]
The Havana International Jazz Festival ...


Roberto Fonseca: Live in Marciac

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Dopo un lavoro professionale che risale alla fine degli anni novanta (già il suo debutto, En El Comienzo assieme al sassofonista Javier Zalba fu definito miglior disco cubano del 1999) il trentacinquenne pianista Roberto Fonseca è la nuova star del latin jazz isolano e questo CD/DVD ne celebra il successo anche presso il pubblico europeo. Com'è noto è ...