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Machito and his Afro Cubans was an absolute powerhouse unit that lay the foundation for Latin Jazz, a seminal force in the original fusion of Cuban clave rhythms and the melodies and harmonies of jazz. They were the original Mambo Kings in New York in the ‘40’s and are considered the most innovative and influential orchestra in the genre. Francisco Gutierrez Grillo was born in Havana, Cuba on Apr16, 1908. He set out to be a singer, and music became his life. He acquired the nickname Machito, as a youngster, though he was called Macho by his close friends. He sang in many local groups, and also became a very proficient clave and maraca player, essential instruments in Cuban music

Article: Album Review

Roxana Amed: Unánime

Read "Unánime" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


La relazione tra jazz e musiche latine è quanto mai vasta e risale ai primi del Novecento ma il termine latin jazz è stato generalmente limitato alle relazioni col bacino caraibico, rese popolari dai vari Machito, Mario Bauza, Tito Puente, Chico O'Farrill eccetera. La cantante argentina Roxana Amed è tra quelle personalità musicali ...

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Article: Live Review

Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

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Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band Dimitriou's Jazz Alley Seattle, WA August 12, 2022 Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band performed two sets at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley on Friday, August 12th. Still touring to support 2019's Trane's Delight, they have faced numerous cancellations and delays due to COVID restrictions. As Mr. ...

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Article: History of Jazz

Vince Guaraldi’s Christmas Sauce: Adding Spice to Charlie Brown Vanilla

Read "Vince Guaraldi’s Christmas Sauce: Adding Spice to Charlie Brown Vanilla" reviewed by Arthur R George


It's not simply that pianist Vince Guaraldi slipped jazz past the unsuspecting in composing A Charlie Brown Christmas, the evergreen “Peanuts" animation and soundtrack that has become inescapably part of the holiday. First broadcast in 1965, going on to six decades ago, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a tradition unto itself. It returns to television through ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Chick Corea: In The Present Tense

Read "Chick Corea: In The Present Tense" reviewed by Jim Worsley


This article was originally published at All About Jazz on November 12, 2020. RIP, Chick. What can you say about music icon Chick Corea that hasn't already been said? His past, his career has been honored, dissected, and revered. As it should be. A composer and pianist of unparalleled skills and accomplishments, Corea's place ...

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Article: Album Review

Pacific Mambo Orchestra: The III Side

Read "The III Side" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Pacific Mambo Orchestra—PMO, for short—has a lot to celebrate. With the calendar turning to 2020, this Grammy-winning Latin big band celebrated its 10th anniversary and the early January release of this potent third album. Inviting special guests, strings and part-time personnel to the party, PMO uses this opportunity to craft a spicy stew seasoned with Mambo, ...

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Article: Interview

Alexa Tarantino: Passion For Playing And Teaching

Read "Alexa Tarantino: Passion For Playing And Teaching" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Alexa Tarantino was bitten by the jazz bug at a young age. She was fortunate to grow up in a community where jazz is an important part of the musical fabric—rare these days. She swiftly grabbed hold of the music and has developed into an in-demand alto saxophonist, earning a series of high-profile gigs that slowed ...

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Article: Under the Radar

The Archive of Contemporary Music

Read "The Archive of Contemporary Music" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


In Lower Manhattan, sits a musical gold mine. It's the motherlode of recorded music though the small, brightly colored sign above a grey steel door provides only a cryptic clue. The dusty window display of rare 78 RPM records, broken into erratic pie charts serves as a vestige of the past and a cautionary tale about ...

Article: Album Review

Bobby Sanabria: West Side Story Reimagined

Read "West Side Story Reimagined" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Il musical West Side Story è stato un enorme successo di Broadway. Dal 1957 ha conosciuto centinaia di repliche nei teatri di tutto il mondo, una trasposizione cinematografica che vinse 10 oscar e numerose versioni discografiche: dalla operistica diretta dallo stesso Bernstein con José Carreras a quelle rock (Yes, Nice, Pet Shop Boys) di suoi noti ...

Article: Album Review

Carlos Henriquez: Dizzy Con Clave

Read "Dizzy Con Clave" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Anche se l'incontro tra jazz e ritmi caraibici è presente fin dagli albori è stato Dizzy Gillespie negli anni quaranta a dare identità e popolarità al genere Afro-Cubano, integrando nel be-bop le musiche Mario Bauza e Machito. Questo tributo alle musiche del grande trombettista è stato inciso nel 2017, anno in cui s'è celebrato il Dizzy ...


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