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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

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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 ...

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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: ALBUM REVIEW

Ignacio Berroa Trio: Straight Ahead From Havana

Read "Straight Ahead From Havana" reviewed by James Nadal

While it appears normal to perform Cuban music in its natural rhythmic state, in a reversal of the rules of engagement, drummer Ignacio Berroa has re-imagined the popular songbook of his homeland, into Straight Ahead From Havana, shaking up established traditional elements to form a new jazz perspective. Joining Berroa in the trio are Martin Bejerano ...

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"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 ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Multiple Juno Award Winner Jane Bunnett Featuring Maqueque To Release "Oddara" On October 14

Multiple Juno Award Winner Jane Bunnett Featuring Maqueque To Release "Oddara" On October 14

MULTIPLE JUNO AWARD WINNER JANE BUNNETT FEATURING MAQUEQUE TO RELEASE “ODDARA" ON OCTOBER 14 EXTRAORDINARY ALL-FEMALE CUBAN SEXTET TWO TIME GRAMMY NOMINEE OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF CANADA LISTEN TO AND SHARE THE FIRST SINGLE “DREAM “ VIA YOUTUBE OR SOUNDCLOUD PRE-ORDER ODDARA VIA ITUNES, AMAZON OR LINUS LABEL STORE “Jane Bunnett and Maqueque... utterly shatters ...

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 ...


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