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Boogaloo was certainly a movement that impacted the direction of Latin music during the seventies, particularly music coming from New York. Artists like Charlie Palmieri, Ray Barretto, and others slide a little bit of soul into the clave, right alongside jazz and other influences. There’s no doubt that the boogaloo movement changed the course of New York Latin music, but unfortunately, it often feels like a footnote in the music’s history. That’s why it was great to see that this week, NPR’s Alt.Latino delved into the history of boogaloo with a segment entitled A Tour Of Spanish Harlem, Birthplace Of Boogaloo. It’s a great overview that shows how the music was both a commercial success and direction changers – you’ll see everyone from dance artists like Bobby Valentín to jazz giants like Machito and Mongo Santamaria. This is one show that you don’t want to miss – you can find it HERE.

The Fania record label will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year – a milestone that’s certainly worth remembering. This legendary New York label brought us recordings by everybody from Willie Colon to Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, and more. This is something that we’re certainly going to need to discuss more at LJC, but in the mean time, the folks at NPR have got us covered. They’ve put together a brief article and a Spotify playlist with some of the great tracks from the Fania years. It’s a great way to remember this amazing era in Latin music – you can find it HERE.

Pianist Larry Harlow has made a more impact upon Latin Jazz and salsa alike, providing decades of influential music as a player, composer, and band leader. One of his most memorable contributions during the seventies was Hommy, the full scale salsa opera, a clever contrast to The Who’s well known rock opera Tommy. This past week, the Lincoln center Out Of Doors series featured Harlow leading a full reading of Hommy for the first time in fourty years. It was a full production, complete with a heavy duty rhythm section, strings, horns, and vocals. Unfortunately, this major event got cut short by some stormy weather, making the second half of the show unplayable. It’s great to see an organization like Lincoln Center supporting an important musical event like Hommy – let’s hope that this concert gets another date where the musicians do a full recreation of Hommy. You can check out a New York Times article on the concert from Jon Pareles HERE.

Puerto Rican saxophonist Miguel Zenón has a new album upcoming entitled Identities Are Changeable that holds the potential to make a major musical statement. The recording is based upon several interviews that Zenón conducted around the idea of Puerto Rican identity in New York; this idea inspired a long form piece in several movements based with a 16 piece band. He’s going to be premiering his major work next week at the Newport Jazz Festival, complete with large ensemble. The more that I hear about this piece, the more excited I am about it – it seems as if the folks at The Newport Jazz Festival are in for a major treat. If you want to read more about Zenón, the new album, the performance at Newport, and more, check out this great article from the Boston Globe – you can find it HERE.

Don’t forget – if you’re interested in the new album from Zenón, we recently featured him in the Listening Center. The article includes information about the album as well as a track from Identities Are Changeable. You can find that HERE.

RECENT LJC ARTICLES


Album Of The Week: Caribbean Tinge: Live From Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators


Revisiting Latin Jazz Classics: Land Of The Sun, Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba


Latin Jazz Video Fix: Spanish Harlem Orchestra Artist Share Project


Listening Center: A Sneak Peek Of Identities Are Changeable By Miguel Zenón

NEW RELEASES


Behind Jobim, Marcel Camargo & The Brazil You Never Heard


10 Degrees South, Sherie Julianne

RECENT NEWS STORIES


Reed Master Harvey Wainapel’s Amigos Brasileiros Vol. 2 Due For September 2nd Release By His JazzMission Records


Jazzmobile Presents The Arturo O’Farrill Quintet At Brooklyn Bridge Parke 8/18/14, 7:00 p.m.


Lannie Battistini Demonstrates His Eclectic Jazz Style With Nomenclatura


Marcel Camargo Offers A Look Into The Mind Of Antonio Carlos Jobim On Behind Jobim


San Francisco Bay Area Vocalist Sherie Julianne To Release 10 Degrees South On 7/29/14

UPCOMING LATIN JAZZ BIRTHDAYS

7/31: Dafnis Prieto

8/2: Nana Vasconcelos

8/3: Dom Um Romao

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Latin Jazz Video Fix: Spanish Harlem Orchestra Artist Share Project

July 23, 2014

Walking the line between salsa and Latin Jazz is often a murky path, threatening a musician with many artistic pitfalls that may ultimately send their project into a fatal spin. Without extensive experience on both sides of the equation, musicians will lean aesthetically towards the stylistic norms of one genre, sacrificing the integrity of the […]

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Reed Master Harvey Wainapel’s Amigos Brasileiros Vol. 2 Due for September 2 Release By His JazzMission Records

July 22, 2014

Saxophonist and clarinetist Harvey Wainapel has been dividing his time between Berkeley and Brazil for nearly 15 years now, and in the course of his expansive Brazilian travels he’s forged deep musical friendships with an array of that country’s notable composers and instrumentalists. Many of them were showcased on Wainapel’s gorgeous 2007 travelogue Amigos Brasileiros, […]

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Album Of The Week: Caribbean Tinge: Live From Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators

July 21, 2014

Jelly Roll Morton famously mentioned that a “Latin tinge” was an essential piece of early jazz, forever linking the jazz tradition to the influence of the Caribbean and South America.  While Morton may have found some distinct musical examples that proved his theory, the direct relations to Caribbean or South American culture were beyond his […]

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Revisiting Latin Jazz Classics: Land Of The Sun, Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba

July 18, 2014

Land of the Sun Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba Album Year: 2004 Latin Jazz Style: Bolero/Mexican Ballads Why You Should Hear It: Most people would be hard pressed to describe Charlie Haden as a Latin Jazz musician, but that doesn’t change the fact that Land of the Sun was a beautiful journey into music full […]

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Jazzmobile Presents the Arturo O’Farrill Quintet At Brooklyn Bridge Park 8/18/14, 7:00pm

July 17, 2014

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and Brooklyn Bridge Park are happy to announce that Jazzmobile will be returning to the park for the fourth summer in a row, this year featuring one of the most prolific Afro-Latin Jazz pianists and composers on the scene today, Arturo O’Farrill, and the Arturo O’Farrill Quintet. The concert will take […]

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Lannie Battistini Demonstrates His Eclectic Latin Jazz Style With Nomenclatura

July 17, 2014

Lannie Battistini presents his new Latin Jazz album titled Nomenclatura. The album contains eleven original songs and a very special rendition of “El Cumbanchero” written by Rafael Hernandez. The CD provides a great fusion of various Latin music genres which transports the listener to numerous locations within Latin America. Nomenclatura follows two previous record releases, […]

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Marcel Camargo Offers a Look Into the Mind of Antonio Carlos Jobim on Behind Jobim

July 16, 2014

Marcel Camargo has made his living as a professional musician in different locations all over the world, working as a sideman to legendary Brazilian, jazz, and pop musicians such as Michael Bublé, Sérgio Mendes, Bebel Gilberto, and Gretchen Parlato. Stepping into the spotlight as a leader with The Brazil You Never Heard, Camargo has created […]

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Listening Center: A Sneak Peek Of Identities Are Changeable By Miguel Zenón

July 14, 2014
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It’s always inspiring when a musician does more than piece together a collection of songs and call it an album. The idea of a concept, a greater theme that strings together all the songs into one unified thought, is the result of some deep thought and reflection that can lead to powerful music. A collection […]

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San Francisco Bay Area Vocalist Sherie Julianne To Release 10 Degrees South On 7/29/14

July 14, 2014

Sherie Julianne’s path to singing Brazilian music took many unexpected turns — from a musical childhood in Miami to studying and teaching dance in San Francisco to working over the last decade with her mentor Marcos Silva at the Jazzschool in Berkeley. Silva, a native of Rio de Janeiro, is also Julianne’s collaborator on the […]

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