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Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Since their arrival in 2000, Spanish Harlem Orchestra (SHO) has established itself as a standard bearer of contemporary Latin music. Directed by world-renowned pianist, arranger, and producer Oscar Hernández, the thirteen-member all-star ensemble has reintroduced the classic sounds of New York City Salsa to music lovers worldwide. Now in its tenth year, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra is one of the most formidable and authentic Latin jazz combos of today. Yet for all of its appeal with contemporary audiences, the group’s success is actually rooted in the past. A lively and energetic affair, their 2010 release “Viva la Tradición” draws on inspiration from the music’s history and enduring traditions. From their 2002 debut album, “Un Gran Dia En El Barrio,” SHO revived the classic 1970 NYC sounds with a new hard hitting point-of-view

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Freedom Suite, Blanche Calloway, Jazz at the Philharmonic

Read "Freedom Suite, Blanche Calloway, Jazz at the Philharmonic" reviewed by David Brown


This week we'll celebrate the recording milestone of Sonny Rollins' Freedom Suite, recorded 66 years ago this weekend on February 11, 1958; then a birthday tribute to singer, bandleader Blanche Calloway born this weened in 1902 who was a first woman to lean an all-male jazz band; and we'll tour with Jazz at the Philharmonic for ...

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 ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jon Irabagon, Laura Jurd, Seamus Blake, Quentin Ghomari & More New Releases

Read "Jon Irabagon, Laura Jurd, Seamus Blake, Quentin Ghomari & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Perusing hundreds of new jazz albums is a trying job. But somebody's got do it. And we do it so you don't have to. So please sit back, relax and enjoy some the most delicious bites of the gargantuan meal that artists and labels have been cooking out of late...A musical bon appétit!

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Article: Live Review

2021 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

Read "2021 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland" reviewed by John Chacona


Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Cain Park September 11-12, 2021 Witnessing the moment-by-moment interaction between musicians is one of the sublime pleasures of attending a jazz concert. There were plenty of opportunities to do just that during the Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, but for me the sweetest such encounter didn't occur onstage. It happened between ...

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Tuesday Night Jams at the Owl: A 25 Year Legacy in Seattle

Read "Tuesday Night Jams at the Owl: A 25 Year Legacy in Seattle" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Traditionally, the jam session in jazz has provided an outlet for artistic growth and musical connections, for younger musicians to play with more established artists. The oral tradition that has allowed the music to evolve and grow generationally lives at the community jam session. It is a fertile meeting place and proving ground for both established ...

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The Latin Jazz Project

Label: ArtistShare
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ritmo De Mi Gente; Bobo; Invitation; Acid Rain; Las Palmas; Silent Prayers; Round Midnight; Fort Apache; Latin Perspective; Joe And Oscar; Descarga De Jazz.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Eric Revis, Art Blakey, Federico Calcagno, Charles Tolliver & More

Read "Eric Revis, Art Blakey, Federico Calcagno, Charles Tolliver & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Recently unearthed gems by Dudu Pukwana and Art Blakey, beautiful new albums by Eric Revis and Charles Tolliver, the Cuban roots of David Virelles and Aruán Ortiz, a peak in the jny: Amsterdam and jny: Berlin scenes through the music of Federico Calcagno and Reza Askari, respectively, and much more in this week's edition of Mondo ...

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Article: Album Review

Spanish Harlem Orchestra: The Latin Jazz Project

Read "The Latin Jazz Project" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


When last heard from, the salsa powerhouse Spanish Harlem Orchestra was celebrating fifteen years of playing together with Anniversary (ArtistShare, 2018). There have always been elements of Latin jazz in the group's music, and Artistic Director Oscar Hernández is a noted Latin jazz pianist, so it was only a matter of time until they presented a ...

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Take Five with Maureen Choi

Read "Take Five with Maureen Choi" reviewed by Maureen Choi


Meet Maureen Choi Now residing in Spain, this Korean-American violinist is sparkling a revolution in the improvised music scene in Spain. Her band Maureen Choi Quartet is creating a sound that they describe as, “Spanish Chamber Jazz." After winning several international violin competitions starting at age five, Maureen has performed as a soloist across ...


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