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Jeff "Tain" Watts Family Reunion Band at the Jazz Standard

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Jeff “Tain" Watts Family Reunion Band Jazz Standard New York, NY January 23, 2014 Sigmund Freud would have had a field day with Jeff “Tain" Watts' compositions. Case in point: “The Devil's Ringtone," where Watts conjures up an imaginary conversation between Satan and a corrupt politician. The tune features ...


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Afro Horn at Zinc Bar

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Francisco Mora-Catlett and Afro Horn Zinc Bar Greenwich Village, NY January 8, 2014 There was a moment during Afro-Horn's performance at the Zinc Bar where the lines between reality and fiction became a blur. It occurred when Sam Newsome, an imposing figure of a man and a consummate reed player, appeared ...


Article: Book Review

Juan Tizol: His Caravan Through Life and American Culture

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Juan Tizol--His Caravan Through Life and American Culture Basilio Serrano Pages ISBN: #978-14691-8166 Xlibris 2012 Basilio Serrano is a seasoned educator, historian and a person who is all too familiar with the plight of Puerto Ricans whose contributions to jazz have been ignored or forgotten. In 2000 he ...


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Bobby Carcasses Brings His Afrojazz to The Jazz Gallery, NYC

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Bobby Carcasses Jazz Gallery New York, New York March 11, 2010 Afro-Cuban Jazz guru Bobby Carcasses made a rare New York appearance at New York's Jazz Gallery, an international cultural center and performance space located in downtown Manhattan. The elder statesman is celebrating 50 years in the music ...


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Paul Austerlitz Quintet at El Taller Latino Americano 3/06/10

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Paul Austerlitz QuintetEl Taller Latino AmericanoNew York, New YorkMarch 6, 2010 The Paul Austerlitz Quintet made a rare New York appearance at El Taller Latino Americano, a performance space and showcase for artistic talent on Manhattan's upper west side. The occasion marked the introduction of music based on Dominican rhythms ...


Article: Interview

Oscar Penas: From Barcelona to Brooklyn

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Oscar Peñas belongs to a generation of artists who believe there is more to being a musician than being technically proficient. Like his peers--many of whom are emerging, independent musicians--his music reflects his roots, his impressive credentials and his openness to new ideas and concepts. Oscar is part of a flourishing new music scene in Brooklyn ...


Article: Interview

Jane Bunnett: Embracing Voices

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Jane Bunnett, the Toronto soprano saxophonist, flutist and bandleader and her husband, trumpeter Larry Cramer have built their careers at the crossroads between Cuban music and jazz. Twice nominated for Grammy Awards and a fixture at the nominations for Canada's Juno Awards, their bands are virtual showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the United ...


Article: Interview

Michele Rosewoman: Wearing Her Passion With The In Side Out

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From Oakland CA, pianist/composer/educator Michele Rosewoman began playing piano at age six. Prior to moving to New York and while still in her late teens she began playing percussion and studied Cuban/Haitian folkloric idioms. In New York Rosewoman formed new ensembles, while nurturing associations with notable New York-based artists such as Julius Hemphill, Carlos Ward, Rufus ...


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Yosvany Terry: Growth from Tradition

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Saxophonist, composer, arranger Yosvany Terry received his early musical training from his father, Eladio “Don Pancho Terry. He is a graduate of the National School of Art and Amadeo Roldan Conservatory in Cuba. He has performed with Chucho Valdes, Sylvio Rodriguez, Jesus Alemany y Cubanismo, Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana, Dafnis Pietro, Avishai Cohen, ...


Article: Album Review

Moacir Santos: Choros y Alegria

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In 2002, music critic Ben Ratliff listed Coisas (2002) in the New York Times Essential Library's 100 Most Important Recordings. He posed this question: “Why is this man not famous? Ratliff was alluding to the fact that little was known about Santos' vast body of work, despite the fact that he is regarded by many critics ...


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