Latin Jazz This Week will bring you a weekly look into news from the Latin Jazz world. You’ll find new releases, recommended performances, web finds, and more. You can check out some current sounds in the Listening Center tab at the top of the page.
The end of the year is always a thrilling whirlwind of a roller coaster ride here at LJC as we wrap up the Best Of The Year Awards. I wanted to thank everyone that participated in the Awards, it was quite a fun experience to see so many people from around the world show their passion for Latin Jazz artists and the incredible music that they create. It was great to connect with new people, reaffirm the strength of the pre-existing LJC community, and spread the word about all the fantastic music that we heard in 2011. Check out the links below in the “Best Of 2011 Wrap-Up” category to check out all the posts with the results. Here’s looking to another exciting year ahead in 2012 – I’ve got some great plans to make LJC an even better resource for everyone that loves Latin Jazz, hopefully bringing this music into an even better place!
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An event that we’re all aware of will be quickly upon us in 2012 – the Grammy Awards . . . without the Latin Jazz Grammy or 30 additional awards that were cut from the list. James C. McKinley Jr. from The New York Times recently published a thorough article that looked at the past, present, and future of the situation. Commentary from John Santos, Bobby Sanabria and NARAS president Neil Portnow helped fill in the details from all the different perspectives. McKinley pays particular attention to the lack of response from most categories that were cut, something that has not been mentioned enough. It’s a great read on the elimination of 31 Grammy categories by NARAS, including the Latin Jazz Grammy.
Don’t forget, for all the latest updates on the protest against The NARAS elimintion of 31 Grammy categories, check out Grammy Watch.
There’s quite a few best music of 2011 lists floating around the internet right now, mostly referring to recordings. The New York Times collected a few of their top music writers and asked them to take a slightly different angle, listing their top live concert experiences of the year. There’s a wide swatch of music, mostly leaning towards pop/rock acts like Radiohead, Paul Simon, and Taylor Swift, but it’s worth noting that in the middle of Jon Pareles’ list, you’ll find some very high praise for the Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra’s “CubaNola” concert. At the top of Ben Ratliff’s list, he shows his fond remembrance for a concert by Diego “El Cigala,” complimenting his mixture of tango and jazz. It’s great to see these outstanding artists recognized for spectacular live concerts in 2011.
Carlos Jimenez Mambo Dulcet: Red Tailed Hawk
Gabriel Palatchi Band: Diario De Viaje