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Ray Barretto

Barretto was born on 29 April 1929, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, of Puerto Rican parents. Noted for his many years as a prominent Latin bandleader, his music career actually began as a studio performer on the conga for jazz recording sessions. He was raised in the Latin ghettos of East Harlem and the Bronx, in an environment filled with music of Puerto Rico but with a love for the swing bands of Ellington, Basie and Goodman. He escaped the ghetto by joining the United States Army when he was 17 years old, but he did not escape the music. Influenced by a record of Dizzy Gillespie, “Manteca”, with conguero Chano Pozo

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Samuel Torres: Alegria

Read "Alegria" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

After delivering a politically-pointed statement in the form of Forced Displacement (Zoho Music, 2015), Colombian percussionist Samuel Torres most certainly could've doubled-down in that direction. There's no shortage of political turmoil across the globe these days, so that move would've been completely understandable. But, as Torres clearly understands, there's something to be said for the power ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Guitarist Tommaso Costa Debuts with “Too Far, Too Close”

Guitarist Tommaso Costa Debuts with “Too Far, Too Close”

For his 2019 debut Too Far, Too Close, Costa combines electric jazz, rock, and blues into his own guitar sound with European sophistication and style that resonates from his homeland of Italy. “My favorite thing is the sound of the record," Costa explains. “It's got a great modern tone with a vintage feel." Too ...

The Cry of Jay Rodriguez

Read "The Cry of Jay Rodriguez" reviewed by Michael Blake

On an unseasonably warm February evening I set out from Brooklyn to catch the multi-instrumentalist Jay Rodriguez's band at Le Poisson Rouge. While walking from the West 4th Street subway station to the venue on Bleecker Street I recalled taking this exact route over 30 years ago to play a jam session in the ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Chris Washburne & SYOTOS Playing Acid Mambo Jazz Celebrating 24-Years Together! November 9 & 10 at SMOKE

Chris Washburne & SYOTOS Playing Acid Mambo Jazz Celebrating 24-Years Together! November 9 & 10 at SMOKE

Chris Washburne & SYOTOS Playing Acid Mambo Jazz Celebrating 24-Years Together! Smoke, November 9 & 10 2 Night Engagement! Chris Washburne & SYOTOS celebrate their 24-years together as a band with two hot nights November 9 & 10 at Smoke. November 9 & 10 3 Sets: 7pm-9pm-10:30pm Smoke ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Robert Rodriguez "Melodies And Fantasies" Available on September 23

Robert Rodriguez "Melodies And Fantasies" Available on September 23

Debut Trio Recording: Featuring Hans Glawischnig & Marcus Gilmore Born in jny: New York City and raised in jny: Miami, Grammy Nominated pianist and composer Robert Rodriguez returned to NYC in 2000. Since his arrival in NYC, Robert had the opportunity to perform, collaborate and record with many legendary Jazz musicians including Arturo Sandoval, Ray Barretto, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gene Ammons: Boss Tenor

Read "Boss Tenor" reviewed by Matthew Aquiline

Tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons' tone can be best described using the qualities of an ideally brewed cup of joe: rounded, bold, smooth, and exhilarating after first taste. Widely regarded as an original founder of the “Chicago school of tenor sax," Ammons' nonchalant, yet indelible sound--echoing the soft, breathy tone of Lester Young--drove him to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chris Rogers: Voyage Home

Read "Voyage Home" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Recorded in February of 2001, Voyage Home is trumpeter Chris Rogers' long-awaited debut album as a performer, composer and band leader. Released fifteen years after its original recording, the music documents performances from incredibly talented artists whom Rogers has known his entire life, including the late saxophonist Michael Brecker as well as a statement lifted from ...

Lou Donaldson: Blues Walk – 1958

Read "Lou Donaldson: Blues Walk – 1958" reviewed by Marc Davis

There's a tendency among some jazz purists to poo-poo Lou Donaldson. Not flashy enough, they say. Not groundbreaking. Too bluesy, too simple. Predictable. Derivative. A notch below the best Blue Note saxmen. A craftsman, not an artist. Aw phooey! I like Lou Donaldson and I don't mind anyone knowing. It has always ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Barranquijazz 2015: Trombone Heaven in the Tropics

Read "Barranquijazz 2015: Trombone Heaven in the Tropics" reviewed by Mark Holston

It's impossible to know beforehand what individual performance at a multi-day jazz festival will be remembered as a certifiable highlight. Sometimes the key factor that makes such a magic moment possible is unpredictable and comes out of the blue. At Colombia's recent annual Barranquijazz Festival, the curiosity of a festival staff member led to a particularly ...


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