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Andy González was a New York City-based double bass player. González was a respected and prolific jazz, Latin-jazz and salsa musician, composer and arranger of Puerto Rican ancestry. He was a long-time musical collaborator with brother Jerry González. They were the founding members of Conjunto Libre and Grupo Folklórico Y Experímental Nuevayorquíno, with whom he produced three LP recordings: Concepts in Unity (1975), Lo Dice Todo (1976) and Homenaje a Arsenio (2011). The band members were: Jerry and Andy González, Frankie Rodríguez, Milton Cardona, Gene Golden, Carlos Mestre, Nelson González, Manny Oquendo, Oscar Hernández, José Rodríguez, Nestor Torres, Gonzalo Fernández, Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros, Willy García, Heny Álvarez, Virgilio Martí, Marcelino Guerra, Rubén Blades, Orlando "Puntilla" Ríos, and Julito Collazo on the first two releases.

González performed and recorded with many of the most important names on the Latin music scene, including The Fort Apache Group, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Kip Hanrahan, and Astor Piazzolla.

Born in The Bronx, New York in 1951, González died on April 9, 2020 in the Bronx from pneumonia and complications of diabetes.

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Article: Interview

My Conversation with Tom Harrell

Read "My Conversation with Tom Harrell" reviewed by AAJ Staff


We rummaged through our extensive pre-database archive and discovered a May 1999 interview with Tom Harrell, who celebrated his 75th birthday this past week. We published two other interviews with Tom: November 2003 and May 2009. AAJ: Do you recall when you were first exposed to jazz? TH: Well, I was fortunate ...

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News: Award / Grant

Grammy Winners 2017 - Jazz List

Grammy Winners 2017 - Jazz List

And the winners of the 59th Annual Grammy Awards are... JAZZ Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Culcha Vulcha Snarky Puppy (Ground Up Music) Human Nature — Herb Alpert (Herb Alpert Presents) When You Wish Upon A Star — Bill Frisell (Okeh Records) Way Back Home: Live From Rochester, NY— Steve Gadd ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Drummer/Composer Juan Carlos Polo CD Release Concert at Smoke Jazz Club on February 1

Drummer/Composer Juan Carlos Polo CD Release Concert at  Smoke Jazz Club on February 1

Official CD release concert will be held on February 1st at Smoke Jazz Club Insomnio was recorded and produced in NYC with New York-based musicians under the record label One Trick Dog Records. Drummer and composer Juan Carlos Polo will present his debut album Insomnio on February 1st at the world-renowned Smoke Jazz Club. With Insomnio, ...

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News: Award / Grant

Grammy Nominees 2017 Named - Jazz List

Grammy Nominees 2017 Named - Jazz List

The 59th Annual Grammys will air live from the Staples Center in LA on Feb. 12th at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.  Here is the full list of nominees for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards: JAZZ Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Countdown” — Joey Alexander “In Movement” — Ravi Coltrane “We See” — Fred Hersch

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Joseph Daley

Read "Take Five With Joseph Daley" reviewed by Joseph Daley


Meet Joseph Daley: After nearly 40 years of recognition as one of the consummate sidemen on the adventurous music scene with remarkable artists like Sam Rivers, Carla Bley, Gil Evans, Charlie Haden, Taj Mahal, and many more, Joseph Daley stunned musicians and fans alike with his brilliant CD, The Seven Deadly Sins (Jaro, 2010). The ...

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Article: Interview

Alex Norris: King Band Geek

Read "Alex Norris: King Band Geek" reviewed by George Colligan


[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]When I was a young middle school trumpet player in Columbia, MD, Alex Norris was kind of a musical legend around Howard County. Not only was he arguably the best trumpeter in the state, but he could play funk electric bass, and ...

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Article: Album Review

Luis Perdomo: The Infancia Project

Read "The Infancia Project" reviewed by Mark F. Turner


Pianist Luis Perdomo's presence is marked by attributes that include lyricism, depth and adaptability. The onetime member of saxophonist Ravi Coltrane's quartet has worked on many releases for artists like trombonist Steve Turre and saxophonist Miguel Zenón. His visibility is coming more into focus with The Infancia Project, which the New York-based pianist avoided making for ...

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Article: Album Review

Jerry Gonzalez: Y el Comando de la Clave

Read "Y el Comando de la Clave" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose


In considering living modern masters of the trumpet, Wynton Marsalis comes to mind first, not Jerry Gonzalez. This is a travesty, because in the warm, bronze glow of Gonzalez's sound there is a singular majesty that deserves much wider recognition than the trumpeter gets. Perhaps it is because he plays in an idiom slightly more insular ...

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Article: Album Review

Paquito Hechavarria: Frankly

Read "Frankly" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Pianist Francisco “Paquito" Hechavarría might be best known for his work on Gloria Estefan's “Conga," but that record barely scratches the surface in showing what he's capable of playing. Smoking tumbao-based patterns seem to be embedded in his musical DNA: Hechavarría grew up in pre-Castro Cuba and soaked up the rhythms and sounds of his native ...


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