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Diego Urbano

Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, Urbano was a musical child prodigy who grew up playing both rock drums and classical piano, later studying classical percussion at Chile's National Conservatory, though he’d finally find his own voice through the language of Jazz. He set his mind on expanding the technical possibilities of the Vibraphone in order to attain independence from other harmonic instruments and to have a different template for his compositional and improvisational approach. He shortly hit the highest level in the local scene, playing with the best Jazz musicians on styles ranging from Swing to Contemporary Jazz

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Juan Bayon: Vidas Simples

Read "Vidas Simples" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Bassist Juan Bayon has helped shape the sound of contemporary Argentinian jazz with Kuai Records. As well as recording his own music, he has kept himself busy running one of the most exciting new labels in modern jazz. However, his third album as a leader, Vidas Simples, is a brief departure from his ...

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International Jazz Day: Istanbul, Turkey April 30, 2013

Read "International Jazz Day: Istanbul, Turkey April 30, 2013" reviewed by Josef Woodard

International Jazz DayIstanbul, TurkeyApril 30, 2013At a morning press conference opening the 10th annual Panama Jazz Festival in January, 2013, a long table was peopled by dignitaries and musical dignitaries. Festival highlight, saxophonist Wayne Shorter sat in the center (almost like Jesus in the Last Supper configuration), flanked by the ambitious and outspokenly ...


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