jueves, 18 de agosto de 2016


"Band of young killer female musicians play like seasoned veterans. The music is a real treat
 - Downbeat
"Jane Bunnett and Maqueque... utterly shatters the glass ceiling of Afro Cuban Jazz"
  - Boston  Globe
"If they are coming anywhere near your town, go see them!"
- Jon Garelick, Giant Steps
August 18, 2016 (Toronto, ON) - Four-time JUNO Award winner, two-time Grammy nominee, and Officer of the Order of Canada, soprano saxophonist/flautist Jane Bunnett & Maqueque is set to release "Oddara" on October 14, 2016 via Linus Entertainment.
Jane Bunnett's continuing quest to seek out and present musical talent untapped and unheard beyond the confines of the island nohas led her down many roads, and it was during a trip 30 years ago to Havana, Cuba she discovered then-unknown musicians and formed the all-star ensemble Maqueque (pronounced "Mah-Keh-Keh", meaning "the energy of a young girl's spirit.") Their 2014 self-titled debut CD was awarded a much-deserved Juno Award for Best Group Jazz Album of the Year.

Jane Bunnett's assembly of all-star Cuban musicians, the sextet which includes herself and five extraordinary young females, ensured a spotlight for their fluid, seamless music.  "Everything I've done," Jane says with pride, "has led up to this group, which is the perfect vehicle for now."  Maqueque currently includes Yissy Garcia on drums, Dánae Olano on piano, Magdelys Savigne on batá drums and congas, Elizabeth Rodriguez on violin and vocals and Celia Jiménez on bass. Maqueque often features guest stars Melvis Santa on percussion and vocals, as well as Dayme Arocena assisting vocals.

With cover art by Spain's most-famous and successful designers, Javier Mariscal, "Oddara" fills the air with intoxicating spirit of joy and electricity, and live, their shape-shifting enthusiasm is contagious, thrilling audiences in clubs and festivals throughout North America. Their smiling faces and lively attitude radiates their spirit, and speak to their love of performing. And audiences wouldn't have it any other way - Maqueque's fresh, inventive, no-compromise music earned the group a standing ovation at the Kennedy Center, a rare encore at the Chicago Jazz Festival, and four sold out nights at Chicago's legendary Jazz Showcase. Maqueque also received the Premiers Award for Excellence In The Arts this past October and performed in NPR offices where they filmed a session for Tiny Desk Concert series.  

Jane and Maqueque will kick off their tour in San Jose, CA and will go on to play shows across the U.S and Canada with additional dates to be added. A list of confirmed dates are below.

  1. Little Feet   
  2. Dream                                   
  3. El Chivo
  4. 25 New Moves
  5. Song For You
  6. Power of Two (Ibeyi)
  7. La Flamenca Maria
  8. Eulogy
  9. Tres Golpes
  10. Changui Guaso
  11. Cafe Pilon
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, CA
Kuumwba Jazz Center
Santa Cruz, CA
The Arlington Hotel & Pub
Maynooth, ON
Guelph Jazz Festival
Guelph, ON
Kensington Market Music Festival
Toronto, ON
Hugh's Room (CD Launch)
Toronto, ON
Shenkman Arts Centre
Ottawa, ON
Burlington Performing Arts Centre
Burlington, ON
Markham Flato Theatre
Markham, ON
New York, NY
New York, NY

¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!


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miércoles, 17 de agosto de 2016

Today "Latin Roots of Jazz" begins with Master John Santos Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA

Latin American music and musicians have played fundamental and innovative roles in the history and evolution of jazz. Jelly Roll, Louie, Duke and Diz are among the legions of jazz pioneers who acknowledged these facts. The Latin Roots of Jazz is the continuation of John Santos’ ongoing yearly series presented by the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, the Museum of the African Diaspora, and SFJAZZ, featuring live musical examples (in weeks one and six) in addition to selections from his legendary collection of audio and video recordings.
The Latin Roots of Jazz
Six-class series co-presented by MoAD, YBGF, and SFJAZZ
Wednesdays, August 10 - September 14, 7PM - 9PM

John Santos, Instructor
Venue: Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) · 685 Mission St.
Koret Discover Jazz Series at MoAD: The Latin Roots of Jazz

Aug 177:00pm
Koret Discover Jazz Course - Afro-Cuban Roots 2
Venue: Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) 685 Mission Street, S.F.
Aug 247:00pm
Koret Discover Jazz Course: Puerto Rican Roots
Venue: Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) 685 Mission Street, S.F.
Aug 317:00pm
Koret Discover Jazz Course: Brazilian Roots
Venue: Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) 685 Mission Street, S.F.
Sep 077:00pm
Koret Discover Jazz Course: Jazz Latino
Venue: Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) 685 Mission Street, S.F.
Sep 147:00pm
Koret Discover Jazz Course: Spanish Routes
Venue: Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) 685 Mission Street, S.F.

"The educational aspect is extremely important. Disclosure of Latin Jazz through forums, seminars and classes helps people know more our musical genre and appreciate it in all its extension" - Luis Raul Montell, Jazz Caribe

¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!

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domingo, 14 de agosto de 2016

Andy Narell, Cesar Lopez, Izaline Calister, Tony Succar, Randal Corsen, Carlos Bislip and + pa 'Aruba (Caribbean Sea Jazz Fest 2016)

Beach, sun, sand, water and terrestrial sports a lot, multiple entertainment, a tasty meal, a picturesque craft a friendly people, definitely tall tourism Add to that a well-organized Festival of Jazz = Aruba.

23 and September 24 of this year is scheduled the realization of the traditional Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival in Oranjestad, Aruba's capital, and the expectation is great for the quality of guest artists.
The organizers of the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival Aruba 2016 have spared in bringing the "Happy Island" a large contingent of interpreters of Latin and Contemporary Jazz.

Andy Narell with Caribbo, as always, will be a show that fits the island of Aruba. Steel pan the sound from the hands of one of his great performers, will dance the audience and filled the whole atmosphere of joy, just like a carnival. The Caribbean is there. More than twenty albums as a leader or co-leader, has recorded Narell, even -Grammy Awards- Caribbean Jazz Project, but the best has gone around the world several times with the original instrument of Trinidad & Tobago featuring acclaimed concerts. Narell also achieved notoriety with the instruction that conveys to children and young people, workshops and classes. The, Narell, is a hero of Latin Jazz and will be able to enjoy his wise and passionate performance of calypso, rumbas, boleros, etc., has just released a new CD "Dis 1. 4 Rae" and will be accompanied in this Etienne event Stadswijk 'ATN', Harvey Wirth and others.

Saxophonist Cesar Lopez is reaching international sitial justifies his talent and work of many years. Accompanied by Emilio Martin (guitar), David Fayo (bass) and Otto Santana (percussion) make up the quartet Havana Ensemble, which after being awarded in his home Cuba is now receiving praise where they occur. Fridays and Saturdays are presented in Jazz Café and Café Miramar, two major jazz clubs located in Havana, but his tour abroad to been extensive in the coming days will be in Harlem-Havana Music Festival in New York and then JMF Jefu Music Fest in South Korea before arriving in Oranjestad. Lopez has recorded 10 CD and Havana Ensemble recently launched its "Live".

The "Lady of Latin Jazz" Izaline Calister, daughter of the Netherlands Antilles, premiered songs from her new album "Rajo di Lus" in which she collaborated with groups Kuerta I Tambu and Buleria. With a domain scene, sympathy and a vocalization that has won him fans in the world Calister continues to be at the heart of all.

Tony Succar will double prsentacion in the Arubiano Festival. On Friday 23 with its Latin Show and Friday with the Tribute Latin to Michael Jackson on the latter: 2016 Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival will rock your world, with a soul-thumping performance of Latin tribute band 'Unity', featuring Latin pop sensation Jon Secada. Born in Peru and raised in Miami, talented multi-instrumentalist and composer Tony Succar HAD Already developed a great ear for infusing spirit into famous classical Latin jazz.

Randal Corsen one of the best pianists in the Dutch Caribbean that been notable sidemen jazz bands taking major stakes in concerts and festivals will be this time with Levi Silvanie. Corsen came to play with the Jazz Venezolano Gerardo Rosales conga player and bandleader.

The Caribbean Combo in an established ensemble of the Scol di Musica Rufo Wever under the Leadership of Carlos Bislip. The concept of esta ensemble is to familiarize the young student with Rhythms of our region "The Caribbean and South America" ​​and using songs of the "Great American Song Book" as vehicles to Achieve ITS goal.

In scenarios Renaissance Festival Plaza will also be local artists and bands and other regions such as Franklin Jazz Orchestra, Bonnarriba & Croeze, Ben Liebrand, Frankie Yanga, Serghio Jansen and the famous Kool & The Gang.

For those who intend to go to this fantastic festival we recommend that already make their reservations, because the avalanche of fans not only come from the American continent but Europe.

The Aruba Tourism offices with his staff always are ready to give diligent information event in Caracas Venezuela, have an excellent team led by Miriam Dabian and Johana Santiago.

The slogan of Aruba is the On Happy Island = "beach days, jazz concert nights".

Here is a pre-Festival as the master Andy Narell with his pupils:

¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!


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lunes, 25 de julio de 2016

Lucas van Merwijk's Cubop City Big Band with CD "Star EWF Latino" honors to Earth, Wind and Fire!

"Lucas van Merwijk With His CCBB was not only a great idea, to honor the 
legendary and appreciated Earth Wind and Fire, but had a 
happy outcome" Luis Raul Montell-Jazz Caribe

The CD:

*Star EWF Latino: Latin Big Band Versions of the music of Earth, Wind and Fire
Lucas van Merwijk’s Cubop City Big Band

1.  1. Star; 2. Sing a Song; 3. In the Stone; 4. September; 5. Get Away; 6. Boogie Wonderland; 7. Saturday Nite; 8. Let’s Groove Tonight; 9. Can’t Hide Love; 10. Fantasy

The Musicians:

Lucas van Merwijk (drums, timbales, percussion); Juan ‘Bulu’ Viloria (congas); Marco Toro (bongo, percussion); Marc Bischoff (piano, ky); Samuel Ruiz Aleman (baby bass, electric bass); Charlie Biggs, Loe van der Lee; Florian Sperzel, Joe Rivera (trumpet); David Rothschild, Ilja Reijngoud, Frans Cornelissen (trombone); Martin van den Berg (bass trombone); Miguel Boelens, Floriaan Wempe (alto saxophone); Jasper Blom (tenor saxophone); Wouter Schueler (tenor saxophone, flute); Gerrit Jan Binkhorst (baritone saxophone, bass saxophone, flute); Rolf Delfos (alto saxophone 2, 4); Yma America, Alberto Caicedo (vocals, coro)

Lucas van Merwijk has accustomed us to great proposals, its upstroke is a product of consistent work, studies and scenarios, where marks his remarkable ability and talent.

He has achieved something that is sometimes difficult: hold together his Cubop City Big Band. Of course in more of twenty (20) years, are not all who started this melodious journey, but if some people have range in successful years living the extraordinary band whose poster presentation sauce and latin jazz.

Earth, Wind & Fire is certainly one of the groups most successful jazz rock in the world, and in Latin America most significant number of supporters for their appropriate inclusion of Caribbean rhythms.

In this production "* Star EWF Latino: Latin Big Band Versions of the music of Earth, Wind & Fire", the hits of the legendary group are moved with wise arrangements to salsa and Latin Jazz, in Spanish (translation by America, Caicedo and Andrea Canta).

The genius of consummate composer, arranger and pianist Oscar Hernandez, in this recording as an arranger, stands on three themes (In the Stone, Can not Hide Love and Fantasy); Also arrangements of pianist Marc Bischoff, faithful collaborator of van Merwijk; and trombonist Ilja valuable Reijngoud.

The rhythm section achieves the objective of van Merwijk underpinned by the same and the Venezuelan percussionists Juan 'Bulu' Viloria and Marco Toro, as well as Bischoff and bassist Ruiz Aleman. But as always Cube City Big Band performs its teamwork.

Lucas van Merwijk Notes:

Lucas van Merwijk born in De Bilt, The Netherlands, 1961.

Ever since he was a kid, drummer Lucas van Merwijk, born in 1961, has  beenunder the spell of drums.

He was elected 'Best Jazz drummer' in the Benelux countries by the readers of "De Slagwerkkrant" (a professional Dutch Drum magazine) for six years running (1993-1999). Furthermore, he was elected best Fusion drummer in the Benelux in1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2004 and 2005.

After an intensive study of Afro-Cuban drums with drummer Oscarito Valdes(Irakere) in Cuba, Lucas van Merwijk is now very actively involved with various groups and artists throughout Europe, and in particular with the internationallyacclaimed group Nueva Manteca.

 At the moment Lucas is the bandleader of four groups: His Music Machine (with changing line-up every year), Drumix! with Aly N'Diaye Rose, the worldpercussion ensemble Drums United and the 20 piece Cubop City Big Band.

Apart from that, he has appeared in a lot of television and radio shows and can be heard on many CDs. As a percussionist he has collaborated with many bands, on recordings and productions.

All of these experiences have made him develop his own special style, a mix of Cuban, Brazilian and North American rhythms, characterized by  powerfulpercussion and splendid technical skills.

Lucas has been staff teacher for drums and percussion at both the World Music department of the Rotterdam CODARTS conservatory as well as the Jazz department of the Amsterdam Conservatory since 1986.

Lucas recorded or has performed in concerts and festivals: Nicky Marrero, Eddie Martinez, Claudio Roditi, Chocolate Armenteros, Bobby Sanabria, Luis Conte, Armando Peraza, Orestes Vilato, Ralph Irizarry, The Mambo Kings among others.

His productions are spectacular, we can say Que Sensacion!, monopolizes the attention of all criticism.

And has toured the world with their bands ... presentations at festivals and concerts are a sensation!

In our programs you hear and enjoy the music of Lucas van Merwijk and a short video now see something that Lucas offers with its CCBB:

¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!

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martes, 12 de julio de 2016

Juan Garcia-Herreros 'Snow Owl' release on July 20, National Day of Colombia, his new album "The Blue Road" at the Embassy of this country in Amsterdam, Netherlands

"The Blue Road is an ambitious production great result; compositions are 
magical Snow Owl 'JSGH'; musical performance is incredible; the perfect sound ... We can 
talk about that Juan Sebastian Garcia-Herreros develops Eclectico Latin Jazz" -
Luis Raul Montell, Jazz Caribe

The CD:
"The Blue Road"
Juan Sebastian Garcia-Herreros 'Snow Owl'

Tracks: 1. Ne Togo Ye Sadjouma; 2. She Became A Thousand Birds; 3. Bach To The Future; 4. Good Night Resurrection; 5. Bu(ho)ñuelitos; 6. Baladas Para Mis Hijas; 7. Water Giggles

The Musicians:
Juan Sebastian Garcia-Herreros 'Snow Owl' (upright bass, composer, lyricist, bandleader); Nikola Stanosevic (keyboard); Berti Mayer (harmonica); Jonathan Powell (trumpet); Jeremy Powell (saxophone); Alejandra Maria (violin); Stoyan Bankulov (drums, tupan); Roberto Quintero (percussion); Zhivko Vasilev (kaval); Mamadou Diabate (balafon, vocals); Special Guest: Griot Choir (percussion mania); SuCH, Kandy Guira (lead vocal); Seydou 'Kanazoe' Diabate, Dramane Dembele, Abdoulaye Dembele; Djakali Kone; Karim Sanou (vocals); Viena Philarmonic and Radio Symphony Orchestra

When we had the CD "Normas" and we listened, we could see that it was something special, creative, within our Latin Jazz genre.
We were right, so much so that "Normas" of Juan Sebastian Garcia-Herreros was nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album.
We followed the career of Snow Owl also known as the character who with his group continues touring Europe giving concerts, taking part in festivals with an acceptance such that only you can believe watching the videos.
The reliable proof of the success of this musico pride of Latin America, especially in Colombia, the can check on your videos; Snow Owl conquered the Old Continent with his talent, performance quality, passion and delivery on stage, simplicity.
But also the triumph in Europe it spread to our continent, as we said with Latin Grammy nomination.
After several items on our websites on the activities of Juan Sebastian Garcia-Herreros 'Snow Owl' on April 14 this year our ally www.jazzglobalbeat.blogspot.com page we writes:

Juan S. Garcia-Herreros (Snow Owl) follows the path of success with "The Blue Road" and more concerts in Europe!

"If the Jazz is freedom, love and peace someone who practices it 
openly: Juan S. Garcia-Herreros, also known as Snow Owl. This extraordinary 
upright bassist achieved to harmonize music from different continents 
of the world, varied range of music and even their musicians have different nationalities",  Luis Raul Montell - www.jazzglobalbeat.blogspot.com

Snow Owl's popularity increased with his concerts, participation in festivals, without neglecting teaching.
The videos are compelling evidence of how Juan Sebastian Garcia-Herreros the public difficult the Old Continent and became his fans, his friends, his followers earned.
His dedication, talent, simplicity have allowed her to have privileged place today and aspire to more: Snow Owl is a reality.
I see seven (7) that contained trailers, interviews, musicians, travel, etc., in different languages ​​to go gave its "The Blue Road"; Snow Owl not only demonstrated its high quality musical, escelente person, but valued his work has on self-esteem boost and that's good vibes for everyone.
I wanted to know why JSGH call this production "The Blue Road", I thought it might be on the road leading to Istanbul, where he had played back months and a bluish atmosphere is observed. I decided to leave the question for my next book "Viva The Latin Jazz !!" whose campaign starts in days- and decidedly prefer to go by "The Blue Road" that what they call Red Carpet.
The presentation of the album to the media is an example of when you want to do things right, the sound gives balance to the value of the execution, the engineer Svilen Angelov deserves a mention.
So let's enjoy an exceptional album where Snow Owl with his group achieved extraordinary African rhythms mix of European, American and, to give an eclectic Latin Jazz.
My favorite tunes are: Bu(ho)ñuelitos -que estupendo arreglo-, Bach To The Future, No Togo Ye Sadjouma y Water Giggles...It's all wonderful!
Now Juan Sebastian Garcia-Herreros prepares for the launch of "The Blue Road" day July 20 national holiday in Colombia, at the headquarters of the embassy in Amsterdam, Holland, where you will be met by the citizen Ambassador Juan Jose Quintana, his staff and a good number of Colombian citizens who have residence on that side of the world.
For two days after launching "The Blue Road" in the Open Jazz Fest of Elena Voda in Slovakia.

Juan Sebastian Garcia-Herreros 'Snow Owl' Notes:

Juan Garcia-Herreros, Also known as "The Snow Owl", is a native born Colombian Bassist & Composer, virtuoso musicianship remarkable for His and for His use of a six-stringed Customised Electric Guitar Contrabass.

Juan Garcia-Herreros was born in Bogota, Colombia. His first musical studies Began With Flute at the age 9 after moving to New York City With His family. Once I completed middle school His family relocated again to eleven Dunedin, Florida Where I discovered the electric bass. Due to the fact That His family was unable to Afford private lessons His passion for learning fueled him to Become a self-taught musician. John was just 16 When He Began to teach Music Theory and Jazz Performance at Dunedin High School in Florida. His highschool band teacher Recognised His young talent and Encouraged him to study acoustic bass so Past That I Could be a part of the symphonic band in school. After spending many hours dedicated playing acoustic and electric bass Both, I auditioned and Became proficient enough to perform With the Tampa Bay Symphony at just 17 years of age. [2]

At the same time Juan competed in New Orleans for a slot in Berklee College of Music's Scholarship tour and received a coveted scholarship to Attend the school in Boston.

I Studied at Berklee With Bruce Gertz bass instructors, Joe Santerre, Rich Appleman and Oscar Stagnaro.

At age 21, I returned to New York City to Pursue a professional music career. While in New York, John developed the Ability to meet the Demands of multiple styles. Whether the musical genre is Jazz, Pop, Funk, Salsa, straight-ahead, Rock, Modern, Classical, Heavy Metal, or Avant-garde I is capable of performing without artistic compromise.

At age 26, I Moved to Vienna, Austria Where I Currently reside.

At age 30, I was selected by a jury to Become part of the faculty for the Jazz Institute of the Universität für Musik and Performing Arts Graz. He was the first Colombian to be honored With Such an academic position in Austria. [3]

At age 37, I was Nominated for a Latin Grammy Award in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album, For His third CD release Entitled "Normas". I is the first Electric Bassist ever to be nominated for this category.

Now with "The Blue Road" portend great satisfactions!!

¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!


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viernes, 8 de julio de 2016

Vocalist Kat Parra new CD "Songbook of the Americas"

"Kat Parra continues to delight us with their delicious Smooth Latin Jazz, 
a perennial wave of mischief and romance"
Luis Raul Montell, Jazz Caribe

The CD:
"Songbook of the Americas"
Kat Parra


1. (Four)Ever More; 2. Please Do Something; 3. Wouldn’t It Be Sweet (Au Privave); 4. Dare To Dream; 5. María Landó; 6. Veinte Años; 7. Como La Cigarra; 8. Bésame Mucho; 9. Till There Was You; 10. Dame La Mano; 11. Mambo Italiano 

The Musicians:

Kat Parra (vocals); Murray Low (piano), Marc van Wageningen (electric bass); Aaron Germain, Sascha Jacobsen (acoustic bass); Colin Douglas, Daniel Foltz (drums); Michael Spiro, Raul Ramirez (percussion); Masaru Koga (alto & soprano sax, shakuhachi, flute, coros); John Worley (trumpet); Wayne Wallace (trombone); Lila Sklar (violin); Seth Asarnow (bandoneon)

Kat Parra is a latin jazz vocalist, composer, lyricist and arranger. SONGBOOK OF THE AMÉRICAS, her fifth CD as a leader, is a richly textured musical journey thatreflects Parra’s adventurous spirit and the wide rangeof cultural influences that informs her style. 

The CD pays tribute to women composers from both North,Central and South America and also features original lyrics penned by Parra.

Parra is joined on this project by some of the finestmusicians in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as special guests, including the jazz duo Tuck & Patti, María Márquez, a popular singer from Venezuela, and Nate Pruitt, a living legend of the SF Bay Area.

Kat Parra Notes:

Kat Parra quit her job as a graphic designer at Cisco Systems, Inc. to Pursue her passion for music and she's never looked back. Since Then the award-winning composer has released five critically acclaimed CDs, Been invited to perform in Amsterdam, Brazil and Mexico as well as top-tier venues THROUGHOUT the United States, earned the designation "Best Latin Jazz Vocalist of 2010 and 2008" by Latin Jazz Corner, and received a 2008 nomination for "Latin Jazz Album of the Year" from the Jazz Journalists Association.

"After Having successfully raised two children as a single parent, I felt it was time to finally Pursue my dream of being a full-time musician," says Parra. "I came to realize I did not want to die wondering 'what if ...? Music has always Been an integrated part of my identity, but after receiving my Bachelor of Music degree I Knew That as a single parent my financial Circumstances would not allow me to focus all my attention on a full-time music career. As I raised my children I Performed With various bands of many different genres, Which allowed me to hone my skills as well as voice my stage presence. It was an audition for Cirque Du Soleil in 2005. That made me realize my dream of The Possibility. Once my youngest are Finished with college was I was reliable to take the leap of faith and dive head first into esta new adventure. Nov. 3, 2006 was my last day in corporate America and I've never been happier! "

In Addition to singing fluently in Inglés, Spanish and Portuguese, Parra has the rare Ability to sing in the dying language of Ladino, or Judeo-Espanyol, Which Enables her to interpret Sephardic music (Music of the Spanish Jews) faithfully. "This is the language of the Spanish Jews, an antiquated form of Castilian That Also includes words from Hebrew, Arabic, Turkish and many other languages. It is an amalgamation of the Sephardic Diaspora, and it is my small way of helping to preserve esta language. It is still spoken, but in very few places and mainly by the older generations in Turkey, Israel and in homes across the globe. "

On her newest CD, "Song of The Americas", Parra pays tribute to women composers from both North, Central and South America as well as original music and lyrics penned by Parra. Parra’s voice is fluid and flexible as she imbues each of the songs on the CD with her own personality and style. This is a richly textured musical journey that reflects Parra’s adventurous spirit. Drawing on a wide range of cultural influences, she creates music that is both familiar yet strikingly original.

Parra has leapt beyond the boundaries of the typical Latin jazz singer. With her thirst for the exploration of myriad world rhythms and tonalities, she has developed a style of music that encompasses sounds that transcend and bend the stereotypical definition of Latin jazz. She has incorporated not only Afro-Cuban music, but also Afro-Peruvian, Middle Eastern, South American folklore, and Nueva Trova. With this multi-lingual and multi-musical approach, Parra is able to captivate her audiences with exciting and vibrant World and Latin music.

Upcoming activities of Kat Parra will be in San Jose, California, in "Alum Rock Jazz Vocal Program" and the Anza Hotel-Hedley Club -first night of  the San Jose Jazz Fest-.

Then we will share with you this video collected in one of the most recent presentations by Kat Parra. It was the April 30, 2016 in The Sound Room, in Oakland, California:

¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!


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sábado, 2 de julio de 2016

Roberto Pla & His Latin Ensamble in corcert + Right on Time! CD celebrates 20 years of recording!

Colombian percussionist Roberto Plá will be leading a 20-piece salsa orchestra performing the music of the New York Latin jazz and salsa collective the Fania All-Stars at London’s Barbican on July 16.
Plá will be leading the orchestra through the hits of the Fania All-Stars, a revolving cast of musicians from the New York-based Fania Records. The label was influential in the promotion of Latin American music in the ’60. Its modern take on traditional Afro-Caribbean music would particularly serve as the template of what soon would come to be known as the Fania Sound.
The orchestra led by Plá performing at the Barbican will include percussionist Robin Jones, the London Lucumi Choir and violinist Omar Puente.
Right on Time! celebrates 20 years of recording:
Right on Time! album for sale by Roberto Pla & His Latin Ensemble was release Aug 01, 1996 on the Tumi label. Right on Time! CD music contains a single disc with 11 songs, including valuable compositions Orlando 'Maraca' Valle and Oscar Hernandez.
Musicians: Roberto Pla (timbal, percussion); Oscar Valdez, Edgar Villarroel, Sergio Gonzalez (vocal); Lisa Graham (sax); Ray Carless (tenor sax); Gus Andrews, Noel Langley, Lance Kelly, Barbara Snow, Jesus Alemañy, Sid Gauld (trumpet), Joe de Jesus, Paul Taylor (trombone); Chucho Valdes, Alfredo Rodriguez (piano); Enrique Pla (drums) Danny Cummings, Miguel 'Anga' Diaz, Pete Eckford (congas), Dave Pattman, Thomas Dyani (percussion).

Roberto Pla is based in England where he conducts an orchestra of 20 members called the Latin Rhythm All Stars. The orchestra includes 7 percussionists and brass section 6 members and is directed by Pla from the timpani, playing a music that combines rhythms of Brazil, Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico, with the tradition of the Big Bands Jazz.
Pla is regarded as the "Godfather of Latin Jazz in the UK". Working for several years in Colombia and then in New York before traveling to Europe, where he founded an orchestra Salsa, Valdez. Since then he has worked with very dissimilar artists like Boney M, Frank Chickens and Kate Bush. Then he participated in a tour of China with Trevor Watts' Moire Music.
Pla has also worked with the New York salsa band La Tradicion, percussionist Carlos "Patato" Valdes and singer Adalberto Santiago Fania.

¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!

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