The Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble With Ray Vega: An Interview With Murray Low

May 22, 2013

Music education is a multi-layered process that demands both a student and teacher to always look to the next level, finding ways to keep musical enrichment growing. From a student perspective, the need for constant practice and individual study must be balanced with group rehearsal and self-refelction. This time with their mentors is invaluable, and […]

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Michel Camilo Trio: On Fire

May 21, 2013

Not all musicians reach an advanced level of virtuosity on their instrument; it’s a hard earned responsibility that demands certain qualities from a musician.  On a surface level, instrumental virtuosity requires a musician to put in a constant stream of hard work to maintain technical abilities and keep their perspective from growing stale.  From there, […]

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Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto Performing Zagaia

May 20, 2013

There are many cultural components that a composer needs to consider when creating repertoire for a Latin Jazz ensemble, ranging from the Caribbean or South American rhythmic basis to the harmonic language of jazz; still, there’s one important element that only a select number of composers consider – the culture of their ensemble. It’s very […]

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West Coast Big Band Latin Jazz: Pacific Mambo Orchestra Performing Asi, No Papa

May 17, 2013

While the West Coast has built its own unique history of Latin Jazz over the past several decades, with significant contributions from musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and beyond, there’s one area that the West Coast has missed until recently – the Latin Big Band.  While Latin Jazz really took roots […]

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Bobby Sanabria & The MSM Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra On The Second Line

May 6, 2013

There’s no doubt that the modern jazz world is completely fragmented into any number of different styles and approaches, but an authentic approach in jazz definitely involves a connection to the music’s roots.  Whether an artist decides to integrate rhythms from Cuba or Brazil, add rock aesthetics to the groove, or look at improvisation from […]

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Andrea Brachfeld Pays Tribute To Hilton Ruiz: Cha Cha Blue

May 3, 2013

At this point, Latin Jazz has a long and varied history; while we still have a number of important figures that contributed to the creation of the music with us, a larger number of those folks have left us.  Some musicians passed the test of time and stayed with us over the long haul of […]

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Pablo Ziegler Classical Tango Quartet: Fuga y Misterio

May 2, 2013

The survival of a musical genre is the result of artistic evolution, passed through generations of musicians, largely through the roles mentor and student.  There’s always a key figure that puts together the disparate cultural pieces that form an inspirational spark.  These folks generally gather some attention, and they require musicians to support their concept […]

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Descarga with Mitch Frohman, The Curtis Brothers, & More!

May 1, 2013

Every style of jazz has its own rite of passage that serves as a measuring stick of the experience and artistry of a musician; while there are certainly different gauges for the Latin Jazz musician, each artist needs to rise to the occasion in an open descarga.  This open jam session generally will be based […]

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Making A Statement As A Composer: An Interview With Pablo Ablanedo

May 1, 2013

Becoming a serious composer requires more than simply studying the techniques and theory behind great music; the compositional process demands a deeper look inside an individual’s life.  Pulling together the proper harmonies and melodic pieces are important – they fuel the actual sounds that we hear at the end of the process – but they’re […]

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Chucho Valdes & Paquito D’Rivera Performing Claudia

April 30, 2013

Some master musicians have an innate sense of communication that makes both their improvised and composed statements come alive; when they perform separately, they have something potent to offer, but when they perform together, they visit new worlds.  In some cases, this unspoken connection comes from a common background, letting them bond over shared experiences […]

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