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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 Plus Summer Birthday Shoutouts To Lyricist Dorothy Fields, Mavis Staples, Akua Dixon, Hey Rim Jeon & More

Read "New Releases Plus Summer Birthday Shoutouts To Lyricist Dorothy Fields, Mavis Staples, Akua Dixon, Hey Rim Jeon & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Benny Benack III, Nanny Assis, Daryll Dobson and Heidi Martin, plus birthday shoutouts to lyricist Dorothy Fields, ((Hey Rim Jeon}}, Lauren Sevian, Akua Dixon, Gayelynn McKinney, Lauren Lee, Mavis Staples and Carol Morgan, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by seeing them live and ...

Article: Album Review

Spanish Harlem Orchestra: Imagenes Latinas

Read "Imagenes Latinas" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


L'ottavo album della Spanish Harlem Orchestra celebra il secondo decennio della formazione e colleziona un'altra nomination al Grammy, dopo averne vinti tre. Guidata dal pianista e compositore Oscar Hernández, la big band è una delle voci più acclamate del latin jazz, e si pone sulla scia dei leggendari Manny Oquendo, Barry Rogers, Andy e Jerry Gonzalez ...

Album

The Latin Side of Mingus

Label: Savant Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Gunslinging Bird" (Originally titled "If Charlie Parker Were a Gunslinger, There'd Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats") Boogie Stop Shuffle; No Dejes Que Pase Aqui Goodbye Pork Pie Hat; Hora Decubitus; Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love; All The Things You Could Be By Now If Sigmund Freud’s Wife Was Your Mother; Better Get Hit In Your Soul.

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Article: Year in Review

2022: The Year in Jazz

Read "2022: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


Current events impacted the jazz world in significant ways throughout 2022. In its third year, the coronavirus pandemic continued to lurk in some settings, while others recovered in robust fashion. Russia's war on Ukraine was felt by musicians and triggered an outpouring of support for its victims. Initiatives to ensure greater equity in jazz advanced. The ...

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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

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

Album

Siembra

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


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