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Diego Rivera


A world-class musician, composer, arranger and educator, Diego Rivera has entertained audiences for over 20 years. Rivera is known for his muscular tone and unique blend of straight-ahead jazz fused with music inspired by his Latino background and heritage. He is a tenured Associate Professor of Jazz Saxophone at Michigan State University where he also serves as Associate Director of Jazz Studies. 

Rivera was born in Ann Arbor, MI and raised ‘just up the road’ in East Lansing, MI. Born into a Mexican-American family, his Chicano heritage has always been important to him and shaped his creative endeavors. His parents named him after the famed muralist, Diego Rivera. A trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts at a young age inspired him to make his own mark with the Saxophone rather than the brush. He attended Michigan State University where he studied with Andrew Speight, Branford Marsalis, Ron Blake and Rodney Whitaker. 


Swing & Soul

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: ESP; Chili Peppers; Each Time I Think Of You; You Know I Care; Idle Moments; Sweet Honey Bee; Gaslight; Ready Rudy; Is That So?; Big Bertha.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Gordon Grdina, John Surman, Moppa Elliott , And More

Read "New Releases From Gordon Grdina, John Surman, Moppa Elliott , And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On the show we feature two tracks from the new album from John Surman . There are also dual releases from Moppa Elliott and Gordon Grdina. Other featured albums are from Diego Rivera, Albert Vila, Tim Berne's Sunny Five, Ada Rovatti, Cliff Korman, Guillaume Gargaud and Eero Savela, Mary Halvorson, and Brian Dickinson.Playlist Show ...


Article: Album Review

Blue Moods: Swing & Soul

Read "Swing & Soul" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Swing & Soul is the second in a series of recordings by Blue Moods, one of the projects initiated by Posi-Tone Records producer Marc Free to attract new listeners to jazz. The release showcases a collection of compositions by pianist Duke Pearson, an underrecognized figure who worked for Blue Note as an A&R man, arranger, and ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Finding The Fire Within With Rich Halley And More

Read "Finding The Fire Within With Rich Halley And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we feature recent and new releases from Rich Halley, Pat Thomas's Ism, Angel Bat Dawid, John Herberman, Pernille Bévort 3, Joe Santa Maria, Rajna Swaminathan, Rebecca Nash, Ancient Infinity Orchestra, Isaiah Collier, Christoph Gallio Dominic Lash & Mark Sanders, and Blue Moods featuring Art Hirahara, Diego Rivera, Boris Kozlov and Vinnie Sperrazza.


Love & Peace

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Lovely; Ganas; Gracias A La Vida; Soul Purpose; Anticipation; Alabama; Composure; Simon; La Malinche; Battle Fatigue; Peace.


Between The Bars

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Between The Bars; Mindful Moments; Thinking Cap; Beatrice; It's Like Magic; Due Up Next; Lucid Vision; Apogee; Roamers; Horizons; Celestial Lullaby.


In Good Standing

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Minor Mishap; Walk Around; Fall; Navy's Mood; Homenaje A Armando; Reimagined; Mixed Feelings; Lullaby For Paw; Nutville; Marina's Arrival; Do It.


Article: Album Review

Altin Sencalar: In Good Standing

Read "In Good Standing" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

In many ways, In Good Standing is a jazz aficionado's dream. Trombonist, composer, and arranger Altin Sencalar's inaugural disc as a leader for Posi-Tone encourages granular, analytical consideration. It is worthwhile to pause and think about the details of inspired performances, ponder the efficacy of Sencalar's original compositions and interpretations of gems penned by jazz giants, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Miku Yonezawa, Wayne Tucker, Yumi Ito, Izo FitzRoy & More

Read "Miku Yonezawa, Wayne Tucker, Yumi Ito, Izo FitzRoy & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Welcome to an edition of Mondo Jazz under the sign of groove and high energy feelgood releases.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" Mondo Jazz Theme 0:00 Jakob Manz “Soul Tiger" Groove Connection (ACT) 0:16 Host talks 2:20 Leon Lee Dorsey “Bumpin' on Sunset" Cantaloupe Island ...


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