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Rubén Blades

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Rubén Blades was born in a rooming house in a small Latin American country, but he refused to see limitations or barriers; his work has crossed geopolitical borders, cultures, and genres, and has made an impact throughout the world. He has won 17 Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, and this year returns to star in the AMC television series Fear the Walking Dead. As a composer and vocalist, Blades is one of the most successful artists in Latin music. His landmark albums in classic Afro-Cuban salsa are touched with rock, jazz, pan-Latin, and worldwide influences. His 2017 album Salsa Big Bandwas named the Latin Grammy Album of the Year

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts Plus Oscar Winning Songs Written By Women

Read "New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts Plus Oscar Winning Songs Written By Women" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Sean Nelson's New London Big Band, violinist Leonor Falcón, The DIVA Jazz Orchestra and vocalists Jesse Palter, Jeanie Perkins, Sally Terrell, with birthday shoutouts to bassists Carol Kaye and Mimi Jones, pianists Renee Rosnes, Jessica Williams and Hiromi plus vocalists Sarah Vaughan and Virginia Schenck, among others, with a set ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Dottie Dodgion, Rubén Blades and Luba Mason

Read "Dottie Dodgion, Rubén Blades and Luba Mason" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We start the 741st Episode of Neon Jazz with actress, singer and artist force Luba Mason with a song off her latest album Triangle. After that, we hear from her husband in Panamanian Grammy Winner Ruben Blades. We also honor the life of late drummer Dottie Dodgion as we hear from Wayne Enstice, the co-author of ...

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Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

Read "2021: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring—and likely recording—career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...

Album

Siembra

Label: Craft Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: Side A: Plástico; Buscando Guayaba; Pedro Navaja. Side B: María Lionza; Ojos; Dime; Siembra.

Album

Salswing!

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Paula C; Pennies from Heaven; Mambo Gil; Ya No Me Duele; Watch What Happens; Cobarde; Do I Hear Four?; Canto Niche; The Way You Look Tonight; Contrabando; Tambó

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Article: Live Review

Rubén Blades at the Oakland Paramount Theater

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Rubén Blades Paramount Theater Oakland, CA November 20, 2021 The November night was brisk, and the expectant crowd gradually swelled. Sausage vendors were selling onion-and pepper-laden sandwiches right alongside the scalpers. The queues were long—for checking vaccine cards and gaining entry or even just to partake of a juicy pre-show ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bad Habits

Read "Bad Habits" reviewed by H William Stine


We all have them. We may try to hide them with varying degrees of success or failure because--let's face it--they totally reveal us, they embarrass us, and the worst ones can  actually define us for the rest of our lives. Of course I'm talking about our high school yearbook photos. Of course I'm not talking about ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ladies Don't Write Lyrics - Celebrating the Words of Dorothy Fields

Read "Ladies Don't Write Lyrics - Celebrating the Words of Dorothy Fields" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The broadcast begins with several Dorothy Fields standards to celebrate her birthday. Although the daughter of vaudeville star Lew Fields who coined the phrase “That was no lady—that was my wife," he did not approve of her vocation, saying “Ladies do not write lyrics." She retorted “I'm no lady—I'm your daughter!" The rest is herstory. Also ...

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News: Recording

Landmark Salsa Masterpiece 'Siembra' Set For Remastered Vinyl And First Hi-Res Digital Reissue On August 6th

Landmark Salsa Masterpiece 'Siembra' Set For Remastered Vinyl And First Hi-Res Digital Reissue On August 6th

Originally released in 1978, the Willie Colón and Ruben Blades classic changed the history of Latin music, includes the masterpiece “Pedro Navaja,” plus hits “Buscando Guayaba” and “Plástico” New 180-gram audiophile quality vinyl continues Craft Latino’s mission to reissue gems from the Fania vaults Craft Latino, the Latin repertoire arm of Craft Recordings, is proud to ...


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