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Edsel Gomez

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Edsel Gomez is today one of the premier Latin Jazz pianists in the world. Born in Puerto Rico in 1962, he began piano studies at age five. He grew up in a musical environment that allowed him to master afro-caribbean rhythms in depth, working since childhood with an incredible array of Latin music idols such as Marvin Santiago, Celia Cruz, Carlos “Patato” Valdes, Santitos Colon, Cheo Feliciano, Roberto Roena, Willie Colon, Ismael Rivera Jr., Luis “Perico” Ortiz, Olga Guillot, Lola Flores, Marco Antonio Muñiz, among many others. He gained a Bachelor of Music Degree at Berklee College of Music with a Count Basie Award for outstanding musicianship in 1985 while expanding his performance credits working with such renowned jazz artists as Gary Burton, Claudio Roditi, Bill Pierce, Don Byron, Chick Corea and Jerry Gonzalez among many others. Relocated to Brazil from 1986 to 1996 he studied extensively Brazilian Music and worked accompanying such renown artists as Cauby Peixoto, Wilson Simonal, Paulinho da Viola, Amelinha, Caetano Veloso, Joao Bosco, Lucinha Lins, Angela Maria and Trombonist Raul de Souza, recording de Souza’s “The Other Side of the Moon.” Within the Brazilian landscape he worked as a Pianist, Arranger, Composer, Conductor/Musical Director of Broadway-like shows, educator, and producer and managed his own recording studio/production company

Album

Touched by Love

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Lies and Wishes; I Miss You Loving Me; Ready for Love; Dance with Me; Forbidden Love; Lololove Me.

Album

Diluvio

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Fast Eye; Cremant; Tempest Dance; Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott, BWV 127: Aria; The Drifter's Plan; Mixology; Into the Clear; Line for Lyons; Impressions.

Album

Can You Imagine?

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Pebbles In The Pocket; President Gillespie Suite: I. The Humanitarian Candidate, II. Road To The Blues House, President Gillespie's Birthday Song; The Touch Of Her Vibe; The Blues House; Ballad From Oro, Incienso Y Mira; Elite State Of Mind; Valsa Rancho; From The Heart; People.

Musician

Yola Nash

GRAMMY® Award News - Yola Nash's new album ​"Touched By Love" is up for a Grammy in two Jazz Vocal categories this year: ​1. Album Of The Year, 2. Best Jazz Vocal Album. She is often described as a European-American treasure for her art, media, and humanitarian achievements. As an internationally accomplished singer, she successfully debuted on the Top 40 AC radio charts in the USA, has performed for Pope John Paul II and made history by becoming the first Polish-American singer to perform and record with the world- renowned, Grammy-winning Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and its music director, legendary, multi-Grammy winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis

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News: Recording

Jazz Singer-Songwriter Yola Nash Creates Her Own Path

Jazz Singer-Songwriter Yola Nash Creates Her Own Path

Hardened by growing up in Communist Poland where she was beaten often by an alcoholic father has not dimmed the vibrant spirit of jazz singer-songwriter Yola Nash. Although oppression and obstacles have long been part of her existence, today she thrives in New York City where she hosts her own celeb-driven WABC Radio show and sings ...

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Article: Album Review

Robby Ameen: Diluvio

Read "Diluvio" reviewed by Jack Bowers


It's a given that wherever Grammy-winning drummer Robby Ameen goes, irrepressible rhythm is sure to follow. Diluvio, Ameen's third album as leader of his own ensemble, is clearly no exception to the rule. Ameen's half-dozen compositions are intrepid and lively, and even Gerry Mulligan's “Line for Lyons" and John Coltrane's “Impressions," which seal the album, are ...

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Article: Album Review

John Bailey: Can You Imagine?

Read "Can You Imagine?" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Letting his imagination roam free, trumpeter John Bailey envisions a world in which one of his musical touchstones, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, is president of the United States--one in which Gillespie's cabinet includes Duke Ellington (secretary of state), Louis Armstrong (secretary of agriculture) and Miles Davis (CIA director). The fact is, Gillespie did “run" for president in ...

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Article: Album Review

John Bailey: Can You Imagine?

Read "Can You Imagine?" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The world loves a good “what if..." story, so why not explore the idea of Dizzy Gillespie as president? The famed trumpeter actually ran for the highest office in the land in 1964. And though the move was largely in jest, he didn't shy away from the issues of the day while campaigning. Sadly, many of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Conversation with LehCats

Read "A Conversation with LehCats" reviewed by Lorens Chuno


LehCats' latest release, Movement to Egalitaria, is a collection of songs that come together to engender an achievable vision of a fairer society. Join me and this fantastic musical couple, Karen Stachel and Norbert Stachel, as we talk about the making of the album, discrimination in the world of classical music, the Bay area, and other ...


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