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Alonso Gonzalez & Jazz Latino

Alonso González Considered by critics as a benchmark for Latin music and Latin jazz in Asia. Born in Cartagena, Colombia on January 26, 1980. Music has been part of his life from an early age, at the age of eight he began to take private lessons with renowned percussionists and musicians from the city, but when he was received by the traditional family of percussionists “Los Pintos”, Alonso began to develop amazing percussion skills. A little later, he would take classes at the Cartagena School of Fine Arts, where he not only studied drums and music with Professor Francisco Madarriaga, but also theater, painting, and pantomime. Alonso was part of the renowned Colombian children's orchestra "Energía Latina", they, for many years, shared the stage with other large groups in the country and Latin America, being considered child prodigies at that time. In his adolescence, he was part of several musical groups that worked in the best hotels in the city, performing different musical styles ranging from traditional Colombian music, salsa, merengue, Afro- Cuban music, Brazilian music, Jazz, Caribbean music, among others. It was there that he met great masters such as Jose Cabeza with whom he learned American jazz and Brazilian jazz, and Alejandro Páez who was the reference of Afro-Cuban music for Alonso, and many more with whom he had the opportunity to learn and work at the same time. After graduating from military school, Alonso began business administration studies at the Cartagena Institute of Administration and Finance. But this did not separate him from music, although it was one of the most complicated times, having to alternate studies with work at night. The first opportunity to travel to Asia as a professional musician was to Taiwan, where he worked for several months at the prestigious Formosa Hotel in Taichung. The band then travelled to Malaysia, where he met his wife and made the decision to stay in Kuala Lumpur. In Malaysia he had the opportunity to remain for around seven years, and he met wonderful musicians like Steve Thornton who is a great percussionist who has worked with great music stars like Mongo Santamaría, Miles Davis and many others. With Steve, Alonso worked with a project called AfroAsia, which consisted of 23 percussionists, piano and flutes, this project managed to travel throughout South East Asia performing at jazz and music festivals around the region. Alonso was also part of the Steve Thorntonʼs Latin Jazz Quartet, thus learning directly from the master while they worked. Other musicians such as Greg Lyons, who is a great British saxophonist, drummer Lewis Pragasan, guitarist Jose Thomas, Farid Ali, among others, were a great influence on Alonso's musical formation. In the last years of Alonso in Malaysia he created his own project which he called "Alonso Gonzalez & Jazz Latino", and record his first album "La Compostura", where he had the opportunity to work with incredible musicians from various parts of the world such as John Thomas on drums, Eric Lee on piano, Zailan Razak on bass, Eddie Wen on trumpet and many more who were part of the recording. After Malaysia, Alonso moved to Spain, there he had the opportunity to perform with local salsa bands such as José Luis Moran “El Gato Salsero”, MadridCaibo, as well as Latinos salsa artists that came to visit Spain like Andres Viafara y la suprema corte from Colombia. After three years in Spain, Alonso went back to Colombia with his family and decided to open a small jazz bar in Bogotá which he called “Maestros Jazz Bar”, many great musicians came to play at this venue

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Enzo Favata

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Enzo Favata is one of the most active and best known Sardinian musicians on the Italian and international music scene, having played more than 2,000 concerts the world over. His research weds tradition and modernity and ranges between different musical cultures. He has studied classical and jazz saxophone, plays the soprano, sopranino and tenor sax, and the bass clarinet, as well as other ethnic wind instruments, above all from Sardinia – he is also a capable user of electronics, that he utilises together with acoustic instruments. He has played and recorded with Dino Saluzzi, Miroslav Vitous, Dave Liebman, Enrico Rava, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Django Bates, Lester Bowie, Flavio Boltro, Michel Marre, Tenores di Bitti, and many others. His concert-playing experience was flanked by production of sound tracks, working for RAI, radio and television, dance and the theatre

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YOHAM ORTIZ

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YOHAM ORTIZ is a composer, guitarist and vocalist having a conversation about environmental awareness and personal growth. A musician with an open ear to the world, Yoham’s compositions share stories about caring for our planet and each other. Yoham’s performances are driven by his emotive vocals and energetic finger-style guitar playing. His virtuosic guitar technique fuses Classical, Jazz, Caribbean and South American styles including the little known Dominican Carabine. He sings in English and in Spanish. “To perform solo acoustic guitar is a bold statement in a time when audiences expect big, multi- dimensional sounds

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Article: What is Jazz?

2019 Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

Read "2019 Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


With each passing year, Winter JazzFest—New York's premiere jazz festival—has expanded the number of venues presenting an increasingly diverse array of musicians. There are several ways to approach a programme as dense and exciting as the 2019 edition of the two-day Marathon spanning January 11th and 12th. Thanks to an embarrassment of riches, festival goers face ...

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Nobuki Takamen

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Guitarist/composer Nobuki Takamen was born in Hiroshima, Japan. Jazz historian Scott Yanow describes him as ''an excellent improviser in his own bop-inspired style.'' John Heidt of Vintage Guitar Magazine has also called him ''a mature player with keen sense of composition [and] considerable technical skill.'' A mainstay of the New York jazz scene, Nobuki has toured with his group in North America and Europe, performing at some of the best international jazz festivals and clubs including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Blue Note NY, Iridium Jazz Club, Blues Alley and Smalls Jazz Club

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News: Website

Jazz Near You Platform Improvements: Summer 2018

Jazz Near You Platform Improvements: Summer 2018

The Jazz Near You platform continually improves resulting in an ever-growing list of concerts and venues while boosting event attendance and ticket sales worldwide. Some recent improvements include: Jazz Festival Directory Sorted by Date Festival? Add your 2018 or 2019 dates to your Jazz Near You festival page. When you do, your festival information will appear ...

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News: Festival

Riverview Jazz Festival, June 3-10, 2017

Riverview Jazz Festival, June 3-10, 2017

Relax and enjoy spectacular views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline at Jersey City’s family-friendly festivals. Catch free outdoor performances by world-famous musicians, plus children’s activities, food trucks, beer gardens, art exhibitions, vendors, and more. The fifth annual Riverview Jazz Festival is back and bigger than ever, with two free all-day concerts in Jersey City, ...

Album

Recorded Live At The Perugia Jazz Festival - Message In A Bottle

Label: Jazz Festival
Released: 1992

Album

Jazz Festival

Label: Columbia
Released: 1991
Track listing: We Are In Love; Island Stomp; Anthem; For You Only; Dedicated To You; Mo Better Blues; The Ways Of Love (julia & Martin); Reckless Blues; Watermelon Man; What I See; Time After Time; Don't You Feel My Leg;

Album

Jazz Festival

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Released: 1987


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