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Omar Sosa

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Composer-pianist-bandleader Omar Sosa was born in 1965 in Camagüey, Cuba's largest inland city. At age eight, Omar began studying percussion and marimba at the music conservatory in Camagüey; in Havana, as a teenager, he took up piano at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Música, and completed his formal education at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. Among his influences, Omar cites traditional Afro-Cuban music, European classical composers (including Chopin, Bartok, and Satie), Monk, Coltrane, Parker, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Chucho Valdés, and the pioneering Cuban jazz group Irakere

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Hermeto Pascoal, Somi, Leo Genovese, Melissa Aldana & More New Releases

Read "Hermeto Pascoal, Somi, Leo Genovese, Melissa Aldana & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Somi's tribute to Miriam Makeba and a previously unreleased wild live recording by Hermeto Pascoal bookend an episode replete with beautiful new albums, with a special focus on Latin America, Caribbean and European artists.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Somi “House of the Rising Sun" ...

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News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Omar Sosa

Jazz Musician of the Day: Omar Sosa

All About Jazz is celebrating Omar Sosa's birthday today! Composer-pianist-bandleader Omar Sosa was born in 1965 in Camagüey, Cuba's largest inland city. At age eight, Omar began studying percussion and marimba at the music conservatory in Camagüey; in Havana, as a teenager, he took up piano at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Música, and completed his ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Weedie Braimah, Graham Costello, Cyrille-Parker-Rava & More

Read "Weedie Braimah, Graham Costello, Cyrille-Parker-Rava & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


In this set we focus on recent & upcoming albums and catch up on a number of 2021 gems that weren't featured with a special focus on Afro-centric projects.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme" 0:00 Young Pilgrims “Rufio" We're Young Pilgrims (Stoney Lane) 0:16 Host talks 5:48 Graham Costello “Impetu" Second Lives ...

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Article: In Pictures

Il Volo del Jazz 2021

Read "Il Volo del Jazz 2021" reviewed by Luca A. d'Agostino


Album

An East African Journey

Label: Ota Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Tsiaro Tsara; Thuon Mok Loga; Elrababa; Eretseretse; Che Che; Veloma E; Kwa Nyogokuru Revisted; Tizeta; Sabo; Meinfajria; Shibinda; Dadilahy; Ravann Dan Jazz.

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Article: Live Review

The 2021 Detroit Jazz Festival: Against All Odds, Day 2

Read "The 2021 Detroit Jazz Festival: Against All Odds, Day 2" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 This is the second of four pieces covering the 2021 Detroit International Jazz Festival. Two weeks before the festival, a decision was made to go to a virtual format due to the surge provided by the Delta variant of Covid-19. Three outdoor stages ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Omar Sosa, Southern Energy Ens., Dominique Fils-Aimé, Keith Brown - Mixtape

Read "Omar Sosa, Southern Energy Ens., Dominique Fils-Aimé, Keith Brown - Mixtape" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Two hours are so quick to fill and one has to often leave out several tracks that would deserve attention but, for a reason or another (length, similarities to other selections, need for variety and flow etc.), don't find the right spot in the playlist... To partially remedy this situation we have a “companion mixtape" series ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jihye Lee, Dave Holland, Omar Sosa, Bheki Mseleku & Other New Releases

Read "Jihye Lee, Dave Holland, Omar Sosa, Bheki Mseleku & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Hypnotic tunes, Orchestras, South African piano masters and James Brandon Lewis' prolific vein are the main themes of this show focusing on new and upcoming releases.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Omar Sosa “Shibinda" An East African Journey (OTA) 0:16 Host talks 4:54 Sam ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Omar Sosa

Jazz Musician of the Day: Omar Sosa

All About Jazz is celebrating Omar Sosa's birthday today! Composer-pianist-bandleader Omar Sosa was born in 1965 in Camagüey, Cuba's largest inland city. At age eight, Omar began studying percussion and marimba at the music conservatory in Camagüey; in Havana, as a teenager, he took up piano at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Música, and completed his ...


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