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Michael Spiro

Michael Spiro is a world-renowned percussionist, recording artist, and educator, known specifically for his work in the Latin music field. Spiro's formal education includes a bachelor's degree with honors in Latin American Studies from the University of California, and three and a half years of graduate work in ethnomusicology at the University of Washington. His practical education consists of a seven- year apprenticeship with Francisco Aguabella (a relationship which continues today) and extensive study throughout Latin America. He has studied annually in Cuba since 1984 with musicians such as Jose Luis Quintana ("Changuito"), Esteban Vega Bacallao ("Cha-Cha"), Daniel Diaz and Juan "Claro" Blanco of Orquesta Ritmo Oriental, Regino Jimenez, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas and Grupo Afro-Cuba de Matanzas

The Rhythm of Invention

Label: Patois Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Vámonos Pa’l Monte; Take Five; All the Things You Are; So What—Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise; The Rhythm of Invention; In a Mist; El Arroyo; Se Me Cayó el Veinte; Atardecer Matanceco (Evening in Matanzas); Mi Descarga.

Ten Artists: May 2019

Read "Ten Artists: May 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Paul JostSimple LifePaul Jost Music2019 I believe there are precious few exceptional male jazz vocalists. There. I said it. Female vocalists? They are legion. But once one has pruned away the vanity projects, the Sinatra wannabes, and the most recent unforgivable cover of “My Funny Valentine," there remain few. Paul Jost ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Drum Maestro Akira Tana Puts A Gorgeous Spin On The Brazilian Songbook With JAZZaNOVA

Drum Maestro Akira Tana  Puts A Gorgeous Spin On The Brazilian Songbook With JAZZaNOVA

AKIRA TANA didn’t have to go looking for Brazilian music as a young musician. An elite jazz drummer since the mid-1970s, he’s been immersed in the verdant hothouse of Brazil’s surging rhythms and sensuous melodies his entire career. His new album JAZZaNOVA, which is slated for release by Vega on March 1, 2018, reflects an abiding ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Grammy Winners 2017 - Jazz List

Grammy Winners 2017 - Jazz List

And the winners of the 59th Annual Grammy Awards are... JAZZ Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Culcha Vulcha Snarky Puppy (Ground Up Music) Human Nature — Herb Alpert (Herb Alpert Presents) When You Wish Upon A Star — Bill Frisell (Okeh Records) Way Back Home: Live From Rochester, NY— Steve Gadd ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Trombonist Wayne Wallace racking up Grammy nods with distinctive record label

Read "Trombonist Wayne Wallace racking up Grammy nods with distinctive record label" reviewed by David Becker

Usually when a musician starts a record label, it's with no intent beyond releasing his own music. Not so with San Francisco-based trombonist Wayne Wallace. Since forming Patois Records (Motto: “Promoting improvisation") more than a decade ago, Wallace has used the label as a vehicle to promote both his own Latin jazz work and music of ...

Canto América

Label: Patois Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Canto América (Amanecer/Dawn); La Propaganda De Hoy; Stardust; Afro Blue; Hispaniola; El Médico; El Caldero De Ogun; Ochun’s Road; Canto América (Puesta Del Sol/Sunset).

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

James Nadal's Best Releases of 2016

Read "James Nadal's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by James Nadal

Having had the honor and pleasure to review over eighty records in 2016, choosing a dozen is a difficult task. There are featured blues and soul vocalists, which are maintaining the significance of these genres alive with the authentic talent and dedication required. Included are stimulating offerings from innovative fusion and experimental artists, as well as ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Grammy Nominees 2017 Named - Jazz List

Grammy Nominees 2017 Named - Jazz List

The 59th Annual Grammys will air live from the Staples Center in LA on Feb. 12th at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.  Here is the full list of nominees for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards: JAZZ Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Countdown” — Joey Alexander “In Movement” — Ravi Coltrane “We See” — Fred Hersch

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Spiro, Wayne Wallace, La Orquesta Sinfonietta: Canto América

Read "Canto América" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Impegnati da decenni nella valorizzazione del jazz di matrice afro-cubana, Michael Spiro e Wayne Wallace operano qui una fusione tra ritmi del folklore caraibico, motivi del tipico latin jazz e orchestrazioni classiche per archi. Un progetto ambizioso che può sembrare nuovo ma rinnova un incontro lontano. “La musica latina della tradizione ha sempre avuto saldi legami ...


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