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John Benitez

John Benitez - acoustic and electric bass Grammy award-winning bassist John Benitez, born in Rio Piedras Puerto Rico, started playing gospel music in church at the age of thirteen. Already a gifted musician, John began his formal education at "Escuela Libre de Musica" followed by study at the University of Puerto Rico and later the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music with master bassist Federico Silva. By age nineteen, John was the first-call bassist in San Juan's thriving Jazz and Latin music scenes. He performed with, among others, such well-known artists as Chick Corea, Lucecita Benitez, Batacumbele, Lalo Rodriguez, Cuco Peña, Roberto Roena, and Justo Betancourt

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Axiomatic - Music For The People

Label: Independent
Released: 2022

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Article: Interview

Gabriel Vicéns: A Growing Voice In Jazz

Read "Gabriel Vicéns: A Growing Voice In Jazz" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Guitarist Gabriel Vicéns from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, has only been on the New York City scene for about five years. But his rich tone and engaging style have gained him a reputation—still growing—as a remarkable voice and an artist with something valid to say. He's not a guitar shredder, though he has plenty of ...

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Under The Moon (string version) SINGLE

Label: IYOUWE
Released: 2019
Track listing: Under The Moon (Lenny White/Letizia Gambi) Strings arranged by Gil Goldstein

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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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Article: Multiple Reviews

A Six-String Travelogue

Read "A Six-String Travelogue" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Leni Stern 3 Leni Stern Recordings 2018 If it's an exaggeration to say that Leni Stern's gone native after her life-shaping time in Senegal, it's probably not by much. 3 isn't the result of merely studying and and learning a few new forms, but an unrestrained immersion in the life and ...

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Article: Album Review

Oscar Feldman: Gol

Read "Gol" reviewed by James Nadal


Don't let the paucity of recordings from saxophonist Oscar Feldman fool you. It appears he has been woodshedding, assembling a new band of compatible musicians, and is now ready to step back into the spotlight. After his hiatus, quietly working on other projects, Feldman presents Gol, an eclectic blend of music covering the sounds of South ...

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Blue Monday

Label: RP Production
Released: 2016
Track listing: Sweet Georgia Brown/Dig; True Love Remember Me; Without You/Senz’e Te; Que Sera Sera; Under the Moon; But Not For Me; Blue Monday; back To Black; You’ll Say Tomorrow/Perché Domani; When You Were Here; Skin To Skin; Suo Pe’ Parla; Perché Domani.

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

Jazz Quanta April – Five Women I: Lina Orfanos, Wendy Pedersen, Joyce Moreno, Letizia Gambi, and Mala Waldron

Read "Jazz Quanta April – Five Women I:  Lina Orfanos, Wendy Pedersen, Joyce Moreno, Letizia Gambi, and Mala Waldron" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


April Showers Bring May Flowers and it's raining.... Women singers...yes it is. Lina Orfanos Essentially Ella Babinis Productions 2016 Ella Fitzgerald is HOT, HOT HOT!. And if Jane Monheit's The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald (Emerald City Records, 2016) was just the beginning, then Lina Orfanos' Essentially ...

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Article: Album Review

Letizia Gambi: Blue Monday

Read "Blue Monday" reviewed by James Nadal


As the world continues to shrink--musically speaking of course--the melding of American jazz with Mediterranean melody is another spin cycle that makes appreciation of this evolving art form so interesting. With high expectations, Neapolitan vocalist Letizia Gambi, which hails from a theatrical family, and has extensive jazz education, releases Blue Monday, an exuberant and ambitious production ...


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