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Alex Acuña

Born in Pativilca, Peru, 100 miles north of Lima, Alex Acuña was born into a musical family that inspired him and helped shape him as a musician. His father and five brothers were all musicians. Alex taught himself how to play the drums from the age of four. By the time Alex turned ten, he was already playing in local bands. As a teenager, he moved to Lima and became one of Peru's most accomplished session drummers, performing on many recording projects for artists, as well as film and television productions. In Lima, Alex also earned a glowing reputation for his live performances. So much so, that at the age of eighteen, Alex was chosen by the great Latin band leader, Perez Prado, to join his big band

DreamCatcher

Label: Playing Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: I Feel Pretty; Just One of Those Things; You and the Night and the Music; Never Let Me Go; One Fine Thing; Dreamcatcher; Going Baroque; Stardust; Tonight; Eva; Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight; Quarantuni Time.

Tradiciones

Label: MVM Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ritmo, Color y Sabor; La Flor de la Canela; Cuadra 11; Madame Bantu; Maria Landó; El Talara.

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with George Kahn

Read "Take Five with George Kahn" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet George Kahn George Kahn majored in music at Brandeis University and moved to jny: Los Angeles in 1976 to pursue a music career as a pianist and film composer. His jazz recording career now spans over 20 years. The George Kahn Trio album, released in 2018 reached #16 on the JazzWeek Charts. His new album, ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Drummer Bob Holz To Release New Album Featuring Rolling Stones Bassist Darryl Jones And Trumpet Legend Randy Brecker

Drummer Bob Holz To Release New Album Featuring Rolling Stones Bassist Darryl Jones And  Trumpet Legend Randy Brecker

Jazz Fusion legend Bob Holz will release his fifth album for MVD Audio in late 2020. The record is titled Holz-Stathis Collaborative. Joining Bob Holz is Rolling Stones bassist Darryl Jones. Both Bob Holz and Darryl Jones have played with the late jazz fusion guitarist Larry Coryell. Bob Holz wrapped up a busy 2019 which included ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond The BASSics, Part 1

Read "Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond The BASSics, Part 1" reviewed by Jim Worsley

The name Jimmy Haslip needs no introduction. So, he doesn't get one. Seriously, we had a lot of ground to cover and he had so many great stories and interesting asides to share that we are breaking the interview into two parts as it is. So, without further ado... All About Jazz: I ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Andy James

Music has been coursing through smoldering jazz vocalist Andy James’ being since she was a little girl. Twice blessed as a gifted singer and dancer, Andy decided her showbiz act one would be a career as a world-class Flamenco dancer, collaborating with the milieu’s most exceptional. Now, she announces, act two, a career as a stunning jazz singer with an irresistible 40s swing-style debut album, Caravan. “My father loved dancing, my mother love singing, and I loved my father,” says the Las Vegas and LA-based singer, laughing playfully, acknowledging her respect and affection for both her parents

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call, Part 1

Read "Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call, Part 1" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Part 1 | Part 2Peter Erskine is affable, engaging, and humorous. He, of course, is also one of the finest drummers of his generation. He has left his mark on the jazz and fusion world for nearly fifty years now. An icon, whose name is mentioned with the greats of all time, Erskine continues ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Per Mathisen/Jan Gunnar Hoff/Horacio Hernandez: Barxeta II

Read "Barxeta II" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Per Mathisen and Jan Gunnar Hoff understandably look forward to their jaunts to Barxeta, Spain, as much as anyone else might look forward to favorite summer holidays. For them it's really a working vacation: of course the sunny surroundings are beautiful and the home cooking is doubtlessly excellent, but they're also there to play hard and ...

NEWS: RECORDING

West Coast Jazz Recording Artist George Kahn Releases New Album "Straight Ahead" Featuring Alex Acuña And Lyman Medieros

West Coast Jazz Recording Artist George Kahn Releases New Album "Straight Ahead" Featuring Alex Acuña And Lyman Medieros

West Coast Jazz pianist George Kahn’s ninth album is a groove party from start to finish. The twelve tracks (all featuring George on piano, Alex Acuña on drums, and Lyman Medeiros on bass) were recorded live in studio over three days. The songs build on Kahn’s love affair with West Coast Jazz, presenting seven new originals ...


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