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Willie Bobo was one of the key players who fused influences from Latin soul, rock, and jazz in the late 1960s and 1970s. Willie went on to become an important band leader, whose music reflected the traditions of Spanish and Black Harlem. Born William Correa of Puerto Rican parents, in 1934, Willie was raised in New York City. In 1947, he worked as a band boy for Machito’s Afro-Cubans, one of the most popular Latin music ensembles of the era. Late at night, during the last set, he was sometimes allowed to sit in on bongos, getting his first taste of performing on a bandstand in the company of world class musicians. Good fortune led him to the side of Cuban conga legend Ramon “Mongo” Santamaria, a recent arrival in the Big Apple from Havana

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Article: Live Review

Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

Read "Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley" reviewed by Jack Gold-Molina


Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band Dimitriou's Jazz Alley Seattle, WA August 12, 2022 Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band performed two sets at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley on Friday, August 12th. Still touring to support 2019's Trane's Delight, they have faced numerous cancellations and delays due to COVID restrictions. As Mr. ...

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Article: History of Jazz

Vince Guaraldi’s Christmas Sauce: Adding Spice to Charlie Brown Vanilla

Read "Vince Guaraldi’s Christmas Sauce: Adding Spice to Charlie Brown Vanilla" reviewed by Arthur R George


It's not simply that pianist Vince Guaraldi slipped jazz past the unsuspecting in composing A Charlie Brown Christmas, the evergreen “Peanuts" animation and soundtrack that has become inescapably part of the holiday. First broadcast in 1965, going on to six decades ago, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a tradition unto itself. It returns to television through ...

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Article: In Pictures

The 1979 Playboy Jazz Festival

Read "The 1979 Playboy Jazz Festival" reviewed by Jon Deshler


I began producing my Jazz Passages Archive when I was 14 in the '70s, as a young trumpet student and photography enthusiast growing up in the San Fernando Valley. In June of 1979 serendipity aligned with a high school buddy/usher, which led to me attending the first Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. At 16 ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Returned to Forever: The Chick Corea's Songbook, Part 1

Read "Returned to Forever: The Chick Corea's Songbook, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


We celebrate the legacy of the late Chick Corea with his countless recordings as a leader or sideman, a body of compositions that have already expanded the jazz canon and will continue to do so in the coming years. In this first part of the programme we'll focus in particular on his “Spanish Heart" and his ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Chick Corea

Read "Chick Corea" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini


In memory of NEA Jazz Master Chick Corea: 1941-2021. This article was first published at All About Jazz in 2004. Pianist Chick Corea is one of the major pioneers of fusion, with his influence since the 1960s also extending to post-bop, Latin, free-form and avant-garde jazz. He is a rarity in his proficiency and ...

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet The JazzTwins, Arnold and Donald Stanley

Read "Meet The JazzTwins, Arnold and Donald Stanley" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


For our first two-for-one Super Fans column, we present the JazzTwins, Arnold Stanley and Donald Stanley, who got started pretty young (just wait till you see who played at their high school concerts). All jazz Super Fans are VIPs, but these two take things to another level. From invitations to musicians' family dinners to being the ...

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Article: Interview

Charles Tolliver: Blowing Down The Walls Of Trump’s Jericho

Read "Charles Tolliver: Blowing Down The Walls Of Trump’s Jericho" reviewed by Chris May


Charles Tolliver has played with practically every major African American jazz stylist of his generation, and composed for some of them, too. In addition, he is the co-founder of Strata-East, the most influential label at the intersection of hard bop and spiritual jazz during the 1970s. Tolliver's long and distinguished career continues to flourish, with a ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Drummers as Bandleaders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

Read "Drummers as Bandleaders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Drummers have been key members of every band which has changed the course of jazz history, from Max Roach with Charlie Parker to Elvin Jones with John Coltrane and onwards. Yet drummers have been the leaders of a surprisingly small proportion of landmark bands themselves. Chick Webb in the 1920s was the first of the few. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz & Soundtracks

Read "Jazz & Soundtracks" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Jazz has had a very close relationship with cinema and TV. To be perfectly frank in this relationship cinema and TV have not as generous as jazz has been towards cinema. Jazz has been only sporadically covered by quality movies. When that has happened the quantity of stereotypies and clichés about jazz spoiled them ...


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