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Armando Peraza

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Armando Peraza - congas, percussion Armando Peraza is one of the most important and revered figures in the world of Latin percussion. A legendary master on both congas and bongo, whose unorthodox style and rich history are inspirations to countless younger musicians, many of today's top percussionists cite Armando as one of their biggest influences. Armando Peraza was born in Havana, Cuba, on May 30, 1924. At the age of three he lost his father, Jose, to pneumonia. When he was seven years old, his mother, Francisca, died of liver failure. He lived with several different relatives over the next few years but by the time he was twelve years old he was supporting himself and living on his own. He became proficient on the congas and bongos while playing with various bands in Cuba

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Article: Album Review

Aguanko: Pattern Recognition

Read "Pattern Recognition" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Aguanko's composer, conguero and bandleader Dr. Alberto Nacif first stepped into the worlds of Latin and Afro-Cuban percussion alongside Cuban conga/bongo master Armando Peraza, the pillar of percussion fire who blazed throughout the Santana band's first decade. On Pattern Recognition, Nacif teams with another legendary Cuban percussionist: José “Pepe" Espinosa, who jumps in on timbales, guiro ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

One Day in Brazil, 50 Years in Germany

Read "One Day in Brazil, 50 Years in Germany" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Tony Adamo Was Out Jazz Zone Mad Ropeadope 2018 Some African cultures preserved their history not by the written but by the spoken word, kept by oral cultural historians known as griots. On Was Out Jazz Zone Mad, vocalist Tony Adamo aspires to serve in this same role, ...

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Article: Book Excerpts

Cal Tjader: The Life and Recordings of the Man Who Revolutionized Latin Jazz

Read "Cal Tjader: The Life and Recordings of the Man Who Revolutionized Latin Jazz" reviewed by S. Duncan Reid


The following is an excerpt from the “Reaching for the Skye" chapter of Cal Tjader: The Life and Recordings of the Man Who Revolutionized Latin Jazz by S. Duncan Reid (McFarland, 2013). Tjader had reached the East Coast by November and on November 17, he arrived at Van Gelder Studio for a session ...

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Article: Interview

John Santos: Keeper of the Culture

Read "John Santos: Keeper of the Culture" reviewed by Steve Bryant


In a career spanning almost 40 years, percussionist John Santos has gained world-wide renown and acclaim as one of the great composers and bandleaders in the Afro-Cuban jazz idiom. The four-time Grammy nominee is one of the foremost proponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today, known for his innovative use of its traditional musical forms ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Poncho Sanchez: Mambo King

Read "Poncho Sanchez: Mambo King" reviewed by Steve Bryant


For over 30 years, conguero/bandleader Poncho Sanchez has been the premier proponent of West Coast Latin Jazz. Growing up in Norwalk, California, Sanchez was exposed to and influenced by two very different styles of music: Afro-Cuban music and bebop, as well as R&B. Originally a guitarist, Sanchez taught himself the flute, drums, and timbales before finally ...

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The Bobby Matos Latin Jazz Ensemble at the Saville Theater

Read "The Bobby Matos Latin Jazz Ensemble at the Saville Theater" reviewed by Robert Bush


Bobby Matos Latin Jazz EnsembleSaville Theater, San Diego City CollegeSan Diego, CAJune 29, 2010 Tuesday's concert was another excellent installment in the “Jazz Live" series, promoted and co-sponsored by San Diego City College and one of the few true jazz radio station's left in our country, KSDS Jazz 88. Once a month during ...

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Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet: Bien Bien!

Read "Bien Bien!" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins


"Well, well" is one English translation for Bien Bein!, by the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet. “Good, good" is another. Either is appropriate for this collection of nine songs. Wallace, a trombonist, composer and arranger, has been named “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" in the Down Beat Critics' Poll, and has shared the stage with ...

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Johnny Conga: Breaking Skin

Read "Breaking Skin" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose


Johnny Conga comes from a long line of illustrious tumbadora (conga) players. From the musical evidence on Breaking Skin, this genealogy may begin with the likes of Chano Pozo, Mongo Santamaria, Tata Guines, Candido, Armando Peraza and Francisco Aguabella. Lest there be a scream of “blasphemy," it bears mention that Conga stylistically connects the ancient with ...

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Wild Thing

Label: DCC Jazz
Released: 1997


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