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Omar Sosa

Composer-pianist-bandleader Omar Sosa was born in 1965 in Camagüey, Cuba's largest inland city. At age eight, Omar began studying percussion and marimba at the music conservatory in Camagüey; in Havana, as a teenager, he took up piano at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Música, and completed his formal education at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. Among his influences, Omar cites traditional Afro-Cuban music, European classical composers (including Chopin, Bartok, and Satie), Monk, Coltrane, Parker, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Chucho Valdés, and the pioneering Cuban jazz group Irakere

La Cocodrila

Deborah De La Torre, Cuban-American Latin Jazz Pianist Composer https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/LaCocodrila The Crocodile, like the Island it symbolizes, is a strong and surprising creature, a creature that lays low for a while, but violently fights back when cornered and confined. This music sure breaks a few rules and purposely "does it wrong" on some occasions. It's postmodern and disruptive. Crocodiles live in the water and on land at the same time. Being a Miami, Florida native of Cuban and multicultural heritage, my music lives on many hyphens as well. I studied piano with Rosalina Sackstein and composition with Dennis Kam at the University of Miami, FL and founded the university’s student chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc

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Alfredo Chacon

Alfredo Chacon is a Cuban American composer, vibraphone player, and percussionist. His music is fresh, happy, positive and full of energy. The melodies play a very important role as much in his compositions as in his solos. Chacon is emerging as one of the most prominent voices of the vibraphone in Latin and Cuban Jazz. He combines a high technical level in his instrument with a great musical,, and harmonic knowledge. His new album ¨Caliente Corner¨ is a wonderful sounding album featuring many Cuban rhythms like Son, Cha cha cha, Mambo, Bolero, Tango congo, Pilon, Danzon y Changui, masterly merged with the harmonies and approach of jazz

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Alfredo Rodriguez y Los Acereko: Cuban Jazz

Read "Cuban Jazz" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Muy Caliente Por El Fuego De Madera ...

In the wake of the moribund condition of the fine Naxos Jazz label, Naxos World pick up the slack with an excellent Cubano jazz release by the famous Cuban expatriate Alfredo Rodriguez. Born in Havana in 1936, Rodriguez percolated in that musical melting pot, assimilating classical and jazz ...