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NEWS: FESTIVAL

Travel To Cuba for the 35th Havana Jazz Plaza Festival

Travel To Cuba for the 35th Havana Jazz Plaza Festival

jny: Philadelphia bassist Alan Lewine will bring his original compositions to one of the premiere jazz festivals in the Caribbean-Havana Cuba's 35th Jazz Plaza the week of January 14-20, 2020. American citizens can travel legally to Cuba and explore the culture and meet the wonderful people. Alan Lewine's Owlsong Productions in partnership with Cultural Island Travel ...

NEWS: OPINION

Havana Big Bands: Late '50s

Havana Big Bands: Late '50s

Havana in the 1950s was an exotic suburb of Las Vegas. How the Cuban capital became the playground of American tycoons, celebrities and hustlers is a long and sordid story. Here's the short version: After Cuba's independence from Spain in the late 1800s, the country became increasingly dependent, economically, on the U.S. At the start of ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Omar Sosa: Building Bridges Not Walls

Read "Omar Sosa: Building Bridges Not Walls" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Cuban-born pianist, Omar Sosa is a passionate man. Music, religion, family, his relationship to the planet—all these are inseparable to an artist whose musical world is steeped in the Afro-Cuban heritage that he draws upon so personally and individually in his work. Spinning culinary metaphors to describe the processes of music-making, he sings the praises of ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Omar Sosa & Yilian Cañizares Music Video "Oshun" From The CD Aguas

Omar Sosa & Yilian Cañizares Music Video "Oshun" From The CD Aguas

Following the October 2018 release of their acclaimed CD, Aguas, Omar Sosa & Yilian Cañizares are set to showcase their third music video, “Oshun," in support of the recording. Aguas is a beautiful and very personal album, reflecting the perspectives of two generations of Cuban artists living outside their homeland, interpreting their Afro-traditions in unique and ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Emir Santa Cruz Hernández

Clarinetista y Saxofonista. Es uno de los más prolíficos jóvenes jazzistas de la escena cubana. Con cuatro años comienza sus estudios de Piano con la profesora Maria Zambrano. Posteriormente, ingresó en la Escuela de Artes Paulita Concepción, donde se graduó en 1998 en la especialidad de clarinete. Tuvo el privilegio de compartir escenario con grandes figuras de nuestra música como Ela Calvo, Elena Burke y Palacio Echenique, entre otros. Tiempo después, cursaría estudios de Nivel Medio Superior en la Conservatorio Municipal Amadeo Roldán, donde se graduó en el año 2003. Además, comenzó a trabajar como profesor del Taller de Música Popular Cubana y Armonía Popular en el Conservatorio Amadeo Roldán donde se ha mantenido hasta la actualidad

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Ramon Valle: The Amsterdam transplant remains rooted in Cuba

Read "Ramon Valle: The Amsterdam transplant remains rooted in Cuba" reviewed by Joan Gannij

After transplanting himself to Amsterdam 20 years ago, Ramon Valle's island roots still run deep. Valle was raised in the eastern part of Cuba, in Holguin, in a musical family, with a trumpeter father, a mother who sang and recited poems, and five sisters; four who played piano, and another who was a multi-instumentalist, playing saxophone, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Introducing…Ruben Gonzalez" Out June 16 Via World Circuit Records

"Introducing…Ruben Gonzalez" Out June 16 Via World Circuit Records

RE-ISSUE FEATURES EXTENDED AND UNRELEASED TRACKS ON DOUBLE 180gm VINYL AND CD “The greatest piano soloist I have ever heard in my life. He’s like a Cuban cross between Thelonious Monk and Felix the Cat.” —Ry Cooder “Gonzalez was known for his suave virtuosity and playful charisma.” —NPR Music Introducing…Ruben Gonzalez, the classic debut album by ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Harold Lopez-Nussa: El Viaje

Read "El Viaje" reviewed by James Nadal

Prodigious pianist Harold López-Nussa has come full circle. With numerous acclaimed recordings, and acknowledged as a seasoned performer on international stages, he returns home and records El Viaje in Havana, Cuba, offering musical insights on the world through his piano. Continuing with his established trio format, which includes his brother Ruy Adrián López-Nussa on drums and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Pedrito Martinez Group: Habana Dreams

Read "Habana Dreams" reviewed by James Nadal

The African drums and rhythms that originated in Yorubaland, have been an integral part of the Santeria religion in Cuba, and a profound influence on the rumbero percussionists on the island. Pedrito Martinez is a premier conga master who hails from the Cayo Hueso barrio in La Habana, and is also an akpwon (lead singer) and ...

Buena Vista Social Club presents Ibrahim Ferrer

Read "Buena Vista Social Club presents Ibrahim Ferrer" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

BVSC presents Ibrahim Ferrer is the second album from the series of records by artists who participated in the legendary Buena Vista Social Club sessions, an album which exploded around the world and is now the most succesful release in the world music genre. Apart from achieving enormous success and critical acclaim, the Buena Vista Social ...


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