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Nestor Torres

Nestor Torres - flute, composer, recording artist, bandleader Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Latin jazz flutist Nestor Torres took an early interest in music, following the lead of his father, who played the piano and vibes. Torres started playing the drums at age 5 but became interested in the flute which he started studying at age 12 at The Free Music School. Torres later claimed that after hearing the famous American jazz flautist Hubert Laws, “...he changed my Life forever”. Torres went to major in music education at the Inter-American University in nearby San German then moved to New York City with his family when he was 18 years old

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The Latin Jazz All Stars at Dazzle

Read "The Latin Jazz All Stars at Dazzle" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Latin Jazz All Stars Dazzle Denver, CO January 10, 2019 The All Stars came to town Thursday night and lived up to their name. The Latin Jazz All Stars is an amalgam that periodically organizes and tours with a fluctuating cast of players. A similar conglomeration came through the Denver ...

Jazz Flute Traditions

Label: Alfi
Released: 2017
Track listing: Swingin' Shepherds Blues; Memphis Underground; Jungle Fantasy; Adagio From Concierto De Aranjuez/Spain; The Golden Flute; Serenade To A Cuckoo; Sequenza / Gazzelloni; Cute; Windows; So in Love; Miami Beach Rhumba.

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Nestor Torres: Jazz Flute Traditions

Read "Jazz Flute Traditions" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Born in Puerto Rico in 1957, Néstor Torres began learning the flute at the age of 12. Moving with his family to New York when he was 18, he studied jazz and classical music at the Mannes College of Music in New York and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Following in the wake ...

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Take Five with Andrea Brachfeld

Read "Take Five with Andrea Brachfeld" reviewed by Andrea Brachfeld

Meet Andrea Brachfeld: Flutist Andrea Brachfeld, a graduate of The Manhattan School of Music, and recent recipient of the “Best Jazz Flute" award from Hot House Magazine, began her musical career at 16 and has associated with Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Hubert Laws, Nestor Torres, Dave Valentin, Paquito D'Rivera, Wycliffe Gordon and Wallace Roney, ...

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Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band: Game Changer

Read "Game Changer" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Non sarà tra quelli che segnano una tappa nella storia del jazz ma i pregi di questo disco sono molti e forse detiene un primato. È uno dei rari album, forse l'unico con un'organico così ampio, a presentare un'orchestra di soli flautisti, eccetto i tre componenti della sezione ritmica. Una decina d'anni fa Ali ...

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Tony Succar y Mixtura: De One Sessions Live, Volume 1

Read "De One Sessions Live, Volume 1" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Born in Peru and raised in Miami, Tony Succar has been steeped in the sounds and traditions of Latin music practically since birth. Still in his 20s and comfortably ensconced as an Artist-in-Residence at Florida International University, the versatile percussionist / pianist has worked with worked with the likes of Arturo Sandoval, Néstor Torres, Ed Calle, ...

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Sarpay Ozcagatay: Unexpectable

Read "Unexpectable" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Born in Ankara, Turkey, Sarpay Ozcagatay is a flautist and EWI player who feels that the flute does not have the respect in the jazz world that it should. Accordingly, Ozcagatay is on a mission to change the perception of the flute as an accompanying instrument and believes the flute is as much a lead instrument ...

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Barranquijazz 2013

Read "Barranquijazz 2013" reviewed by Mark Holston

BarranquijazzBarranquilla, ColombiaSeptember 4-8, 2013“Audiences in Latin America are totally different than in Europe," Italian clarinetist Gabriele Mirabassi told me while we shared a bus ride from the international airport n Barranquilla, Colombia to our hotel. “Here, if you connect with them, people become passionate and emotionally expressive. In Europe, someone will come up ...

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Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band: Game Changer

Read "Game Changer" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Yes, the idea seems rather implausible: a big band comprised of sixteen flutes and rhythm. Flutist Ali Ryerson is the catalyst and guiding hand behind the Jazz Flute Big Band (JFBB), which was formed in 2005 and has been performing at various events across the country ever since. Before dismissing it out of hand, give the ...


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