Spotlight: This Is The Life, Grupo Cha Cha

June 7, 2013

The Spotlight Series highlights upcoming Latin Jazz musicians that have yet to reach national recognition. Many of these musicians thrive in local scenes and some tour in support of releases. All these musicians contribute greatly to the overall Latin Jazz scene, and they deserve our “spotlighted” attention. This Is the Life Grupo Cha Cha As […]

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Arturo Sandoval Performing At The Newport Jazz Festival

June 5, 2013

It’s often said that music is a language, and it requires a vast set of technical skills and life experience to speak multiple tongues.  That’s not completely true – it’s pretty easy to tackle different musical styles on a surface level.  A shallow walk through many stylistic roads only demands some brief listening and a […]

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Album Of The Week: Oye!!! (Live In Puerto Rico), Miguel Zenón & The Rhythm Collective

June 3, 2013

Oye!!! (Live in Puerto Rico) Miguel Zenón & The Rhythm Collective Miel Music We often spend a good deal of time considering a musician’s background, training, and influences, but there’s an important and more immediate element that can have a huge impact upon the way that a musician performs – context.  This can take many […]

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Armando Peraza Joining Tata Guines & Cubanisimo

May 28, 2013

We’re social beings, so being apart from our friends can be painful; on the flip side of things, it makes reunions a powerfully joyful occasion that can inspire magic on so many different levels. For many musicians, separations are natural, due to a number of factors, both economic and artistic. This makes reunions all the […]

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Album Of The Week: Finas Misturas, Antonio Adolfo

May 24, 2013

Finas Misturas Antonio Adolfo AAM Music In a lot of ways, a jazz musicians’s performance is all about their perspective upon the way that jazz reflects their lives. The simple choice of dedicating your artistic identity towards jazz reveals a value statement about the importance of history and the genre’s bold tradition – jazz musicians […]

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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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