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Omara Portuondo

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Omara’s first encounter with music was at a very early age. Just as in any other Cuban home, the future singer and her siblings grew up with the songs which her parents, for lack of a gramophone, sang to them. Those melodies, some of which still form part of her repertoire, were young Omara’s informal introduction to the world of music. However, before taking up singing as a career, a fortuitous event led her to first try her hand at dancing, following in the footsteps of her sister Haydee, who was a member of the dance company of the famous Tropicana cabaret. One day, in 1945, she began a dancing career that led her to form a legendary duo with Rolando Espinosa and, in 1961, to become a teacher of popular dance at the Escuela de Instructores de Arte

Article: Interview

Roberto Fonseca: Viaggio oltre gli schemi e le barriere

Read "Roberto Fonseca: Viaggio oltre gli schemi e le barriere" reviewed by Paolo Marra


Figura di spicco del Latin jazz del nuovo millennio Roberto Fonseca racchiude in sé le eterogenee influenze europee ed africane che hanno caratterizzato l'evoluzione della musica popolare cubana, sua terra di origine. L'energia espressa con sorprendente tecnica pianistica affonda le radici nello spirito piu profondo delle tradizioni dell'isola caraibica tradotte, lontano da inutili stereotipi, in ponti ...

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Article: From Far and Wide

At A Korean Jazz Picnic, No Need To Know The Music

Read "At A Korean Jazz Picnic, No Need To Know The Music" reviewed by Arthur R George


That jazz appeals to younger audiences, is fun, and not so serious, is more than a mere notion, materializing in, of all places, South Korea. The Jarasum Jazz Festival created there by promoter In Jae Jin has become one of the largest in Asia by hosting a multi-day event which features camping, western and Korean performers, ...

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Article: Live Review

Nice Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Nice Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Martin McFie


Nice Jazz Festival Théâtre de Verdure Nice, France July 16-20, 2019 Sebastien Vidal, the artistic director of the Nice Jazz Festival, expressed his goals for 2019 as diversity and inclusivity. The Festival takes place in the center of the city, near a tram line station. They welcomed forty ...

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Article: Album Review

Roger Beaujolais: Sunset

Read "Sunset" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Vibraphonist Roger Beaujolais' name may not be familiar to listeners on the American side of the pond, but he's been a pretty steady presence on the British scene for decades, making a splash with The Chevalier Brothers, hitting the studios with artists as far apart as rocker-turned-folkie Robert Plant and Cuban icon Omara Portuondo, and leading ...

Article: Album Review

Alexis Baro: Guilty Pleasure

Read "Guilty Pleasure" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Trombettista cubano emigrata in Canada nel 2001, Alexis Baro s'è fatto apprezzare in vari contesti: dalle musiche latine al jazz, fino al rhythm & blues, al funk e alla pop music. Dal 2005 al 2007 è stato nominato miglior trombettista dal canadese National Jazz Award e nella sua recente carriera ha collaborato con Paquito ...

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News: Recording

Drummer Daniel Freedman Leads An All-Star Quintet On Imagine That, With Rhythmically Infectious Originals, A Radiohead Cover And Guest Vocal On "Baby Aya" By World Music Star Angélique Kidjo

Drummer Daniel Freedman Leads An All-Star Quintet On Imagine That, With Rhythmically Infectious Originals, A Radiohead Cover And Guest Vocal On "Baby Aya" By World Music Star Angélique Kidjo

Drummer Daniel Freedman Leads an All-Star Quintet on Imagine That, with Rhythmically Infectious Originals, a Radiohead Cover and Guest Vocal on “Baby Aya" by World Music Star Angélique Kidjo The album—to be released in the U.S. by Anzic Records on April 15, 2016—finds Freedman in league with a group of kindred spirits: guitarist Lionel Loueke, keyboardist ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Roberto Fonseca: The worthy heir of Afro-Cuban Jazz

Read "Roberto Fonseca: The worthy heir of Afro-Cuban Jazz" reviewed by Gabriel Medina Arenas


Success didn't knock on his door by random luck. Roberto Fonseca has worked hard to earn his reputation as one of the most renowned and skillful Cuban jazz pianists of his generation. The 38 year-old musician started playing drums when he was four years old and played at the International Jazz Festival of Havana ...

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Article: Album Review

Roger Beaujolais Quartet: Mind The Gap

Read "Mind The Gap" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The quintet has usually been the format of choice for British vibraphone ace Roger Beaujolais, but he changes it up on Mind The Gap; this is the eighteenth album from the veteran mallet man, but the first to really focus on a foursome. Beaujolais, a self taught vibraphonist who started a bit late--in ...

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Article: Live Review

43 Voll-Damm Festival de Jazz de Barcelona: Michel Camilo, Madeleine Peyroux y Buena Vista Social Club

Read "43 Voll-Damm Festival de Jazz de Barcelona: Michel Camilo, Madeleine Peyroux y Buena Vista Social Club" reviewed by Enrique Turpin


Michel Camilo 'Mano a Mano' con Charles Flores y Giovanni Hidalgo43 Voll-Damm Festival Internacional de Jazz de BarcelonaPalau de la Música Catalana16 de noviembre de 2011Algo debe de tener el Caribe para que de las tierras que bañan sus aguas emerjan cada tanto músicos volcánicos, mercuriales, de potencial arrollador y sensibilidad ...


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