The sultry notes of a lone trumpet bring to mind a balmy night sitting in a café deep in the heart of Cuba, yet this summer night we are just outside Stuttgart. Swaying to the smooth interpretations of classic Cuban rhythms Tocame Son creates the atmosphere we would normally have to travel far to enjoy.
Billed as a Cuban night of dancing and cocktails hosted by the Zublin-Haus the evening promised to delight Jazz and Latin music aficionados alike. In the acoustically gratifying atrium, the quintet Tocame Son performed under cover of a blue sky.
Lead vocalist Wilber Saname's voice intertwined with the lively notes of Emigdio "El Tropa" Narango Gongora on keyboards and punctuated by Humberto Zaldivar on trumpet while Julio Sanchez Quiala on congo drums and Branko Arnsek on base together kept the audience moving in their seats and many on their feet the entire night. Professional Latin dancers Zuzel Palacio and Rafael Baro Elizalde lent to the authenticity and high energy of an evening that finished strong with an arousing encore to the delight of all.
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.