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Alejandro Aviles

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Alejandro Avilés is a first generation Cuban-American who comes from a long lineage of musicians. In fact, Mr. Avilés' family is being considered by the Guiness Book of World Records for having the longest, most continuous family run musical group in the world. The Orquesta Hermanos Avilés was started by his great-grandfather, Manuel Avilés, in 1882 in Holguin, Cuba, and is remarkably still in existence today. Based in NYC, Alejandro Avilés works as an adjunct professor at Hofstra University and Hunter College teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation while performing as a versatile musician in genres ranging from straight ahead jazz, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music, to Broadway

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The Pan American Nutcracker Suite

Label: Angel Face Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Overture; March; Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy; Trepak; Arabian Dance; Chinese Dance; Dance of the Reed Flutes; Waltz of the Flowers.

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Axiomatic - Music For The People

Label: Independent
Released: 2022

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Dreaming In Lions

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Despedida: Del Mar; Intruso; Beauty Cocoon; Ensaya Silencio; La Llorona. Dreaming In Lions: Dreaming In Lions; Scalular; How I Love; The Deep; War Bird Man; Struggles And Strugglets; I Wish We Was; Blood In The Water; Dreams So Gold.

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Virtual Birdland

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Gulab Jamon; Pouvoir; Desert; Nightfall; Ana Mashoof; Samba for Carmen; Alafia; En la Oscuridad; Cimarron; Para Los Rumberos.

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Article: Album Review

Arturo O'Farrill: Virtual Birdland

Read "Virtual Birdland" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Whenever an obstacle presents itself--even one as devastating and disruptive as a global pandemic--it's a sure bet that musicians will find a way around it, a way to keep making music even in the most grievous circumstances. Jazz musicians have been especially creative during the Covid-19 scourge, using social media, the internet and any other means ...

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New York Strong—Latin Jazz!

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Chasing Normal; Ganga; Canto de Ossanha; 49th Street; Ligia; The Key; Fire and Rain; Sunny Ray.

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Article: Album Review

Noah Bless: New York Strong—Latin Jazz!

Read "New York Strong—Latin Jazz!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


When it comes to Latin jazz, trombonist Noah Bless is no novice, having gigged in and around New York City for the better part of three decades with such Latin stars as Paquito D'Rivera, Mario Bauza, Oscar D'Leon, Celia Cruz, Willie Colon and Eddie Palmieri, and sat in with the Lincoln Center Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra and ...

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Article: Album Review

Migiwa Miyajima: Colorful

Read "Colorful" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Un nuovo debutto si aggiunge al ricco movimento di rinascita orchestrale cresciuto negli Stati Uniti nell'ultimo decennio. Che la bandleader sia donna e giapponese non è una novità (la via è stata aperta da Toshiko Akiyoshi oltre 60 anni fa ed oggi è tracciata originalmente da Miho Hazama) ma va segnalata la singolarità del suo percorso ...

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Article: Album Review

Chiemi Nakai: Ascendant

Read "Ascendant" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Unleashing her third album as leader, pianist/composer and arranger Chiemi Nakai delivers her best outing to date, melding jazz, the Latin sound and elements of Japanese pop. Containing mostly original compositions from the artist, Nakai also includes a couple of fresh re-arranged jazz standards from Thelonious Monk and Gene De Paul. The Latin ...


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