Candido Camero: Mambo Inn

April 22, 2013

Percussionist Candido Camero has had a huge impact upon the way that we look at percussion in the Latin Jazz world, changing the shape of the congas on so many different levels. Bringing a new level of independence to the instrument, along with new techniques, an revolutionary approach to conga tuning, and an innate connection […]

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Album Of The Week: Todo Corazón, Mark Weinstein

April 19, 2013

Todo Corazón Mark Weinstein Jazzheads How do you dive head first into a new style of music without loosing your own developed sense of artistic identity?  It’s an interesting question that every artist faces at one time or another during the course of their career.  Diving into new musical territory is an important part of […]

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Tito Puente, Nicky Marrero, & Kako: Timbale Jam

April 19, 2013

While music certainly isn’t a contact sport, there’s evidence that a little friendly competition can actually push things in an exciting direction, often delivering some powerful results. Bebop evolved as musicians engaged in “cutting sessions” on a nightly basis, with folks regularly trying to outdo their fellow instrumentalists. It’s not so much about besting the […]

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Frank Emilio Flynn, Changüito, Tata Güines, & Cachaito: Gandinga, Mondongo, y Sandunga

April 18, 2013

It’s important to remember that even though Latin Jazz largely came to life in the United States, it holds roots all across the Caribbean and South America; this means that there are master musicians in this style spread far and wide. When we’re looking for top notch Latin Jazz musicians, one very important place to […]

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Taking Bay Area Latin Jazz Into The Future: Brian Andres And The Afro Cuban Jazz Cartel

April 17, 2013

Over the years, Latin Jazz has become a popular and respected genre that has spread across the country, spawning a variety of different approaches to composition, performance, and improvisation. While musicians might be drawn upon the same cultural elements when they insert rhythmic patterns into their music or accessing the same elements of jazz theory […]

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Sofia Rei: Mundo Piedra

April 17, 2013

There are a number of young singers tackling the world of Latin Jazz, but not many of them approach it with the same respect, authenticity, and intensity as Argentinean vocalist Sofia Rei. There’s depth to every piece of her performance; from her outstanding vocal technique to her emotive interpretations and her immense handle on South […]

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Bobby Matos Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble: Fever

April 16, 2013

Percussionist Bobby Matos brings an interesting mix of artistic elements to the table in every performance, that makes him stand out among his Latin Jazz peers on the West Coast. Matos honed his chops in New York among the exciting Fania salsa scene, filling his approach with authentic knowledge and style. At the same time, […]

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Helio Alves, Duduka Da Fonseca, & Maucha Adnet: Chega De Saudade

April 15, 2013

It seems like just about everyone throws a Brazilian influence into jazz at one point or another, but in reality, very few musicians blend jazz and Brazilian music as skillfully as pianist Helio Alves, drummer Duduka Da Fonseca, and vocalist Maucha Adnet. All three musicians bring a lifetime of experience with Brazilian music, coming directly […]

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Eddie Palmieri Featured On NPR’s Piano Jazz

April 12, 2013

Latin Jazz legend Eddie Palmieri is featured on this week’s episode of NPR’s Piano Jazz. This is a replay of an older episode, originally broadcast in 1997. There’s still plenty of great insights from Palmieri as well as his signature fire, passion, and Latin Jazz mastery though – definitely worth a listen! You can listen […]

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Rebeca Mauleón Acoustic Quartet: Serenata Ritmica

April 12, 2013

Pianist Rebecca Mauleón has certainly built a solid reputation as an outstanding pianist, an expert on Cuban music with vast amounts of knowledge, a smart producer that can shape a professional performance, and a top notch educator that can push her students to the next level. From her time as a member of John Santos’ […]

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