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Tamir Hendelman: The Many Colors and Cultures of Tamir

Read "Tamir Hendelman: The Many Colors and Cultures of Tamir" reviewed by Jim Worsley

With so many talented jazz pianists over the years, it can be a challenge to make your own mark or carve out your own identity. Many fine musicians have simply blended into the scene, seemingly unnoticed, due to a lack of singularity that sets them apart. Tamir Hendelman crashes that barrier with a signature sound that ...

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Chucho Valdes with Special Guest Chick Corea at Jazz at Lincoln Center

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Chucho Valdes with Special Guest Chick Corea Jazz at Lincoln Center The Rose Theater New York, NY November 16, 2019 Jazz at Lincoln Center, in the Rose Theater, witnessed a very special meeting which occurred on-stage between two legendary jazz pianists, Chucho Valdés and Chick Corea. Both musically prolific, ...

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Chucho Valdés With Kenny Garrett At SFJAZZ

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Chucho Valdés and Kenny Garrett SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA October 4, 2019 A commanding Cuban pianist, the stately Chucho Valdés is best known as the founder of legendary Cuban band Irakere. Kenny Garrett has played with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and with the late Miles Davis, among others, but has gained ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Orquesta Akokán at San Francisco Jazz Festival

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Orquesta Akokán SFJAZZ San Francisco Jazz Festival San Francisco, CA June 16. 2019 Ever wonder what it was like to hear what it was like to be in a Cuban nightclub in the 1950s? Attending a concert by Havana, Cuba-based Orquesta Akókan is a sure way to experience that energy: ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Irakere 40 at SFJAZZ

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Irakere 40 SFJAZZ San Francisco, California October 30, 2015 “They were smoking." That was KPFA's Art Sato, host of “In Your Ear"--a weekly Saturday afternoon Latin Jazz, jazz and flamenco music program on KPFA in Berkeley, California--evaluating legendary Cuban band Irakere's then-ongoing performance at SFJAZZ in San Francisco. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

John Santos: Keeper of the Culture

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In a career spanning almost 40 years, percussionist John Santos has gained world-wide renown and acclaim as one of the great composers and bandleaders in the Afro-Cuban jazz idiom. The four-time Grammy nominee is one of the foremost proponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today, known for his innovative use of its traditional musical forms ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Miguel Zenon: Celebrating the Music of La Isla

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For the last decade, saxophonist Miguel Zenón has distinguished himself as one of the most innovative and creative musicians in the modern jazz idiom. The Puerto Rican-born altoist accomplished this feat by reaching back to the musical and cultural traditions of his island. On groundbreaking recordings such as Jibaro (Marsalis Music, 2005) and Esta Plena (Marsalis ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

John Beasley: Everyone Loves John

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Keyboardist John Beasley (aka “The Bease" to friends and family) is a musician's musician and one of the busiest professionals in the game. His biography and list of credits are so broad and deep that they could fill an NFL playbook.If NASA or MIT were to invent a device that could measure creative and ...

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Roman Filiu: Musae

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Drummer Dafnis Prieto created the Dafnison Music label as a means to control his own work and get his forward-thinking recordings into the hands of the public on his own terms. That, however, doesn't mean he isn't willing to use this imprint as a means to promote the work of other deserving artists. Musae marks the ...


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