So Queens, NY is where it is at. You should consider going.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 31 March 2012 14:19 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yeah, thanks. I drive by that place all the time but have yet to go in there. This may be the first time.
― Singularities Going Steady (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 31 March 2012 15:34 (1 year ago) Permalink
I wonder if events there get any crossover attention from NY critics and bloggers?
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 1 April 2012 14:38 (1 year ago) Permalink
― Singularities Going Steady (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 1 April 2012 16:45 (1 year ago) Permalink
That's what I thought.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 1 April 2012 18:27 (1 year ago) Permalink
Truth be told, the last time I found out about any Latin-type gig from the media was when I went to see Soda Stereo at the Palladium in the 90s.
― Singularities Going Steady (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 1 April 2012 19:39 (1 year ago) Permalink
la boom gets constant acts coming thru across all sorts of cumbia/salsa/bachata, i never checked it out when i lived nearby tho as most shows i'd check off of youtube were chock full of screaming youngins
― fauxmarc, Monday, 2 April 2012 19:29 (1 year ago) Permalink
Ha, when I looked at the youtubes over the weekend I thought: "sure is crowded."
― MIke Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 2 April 2012 21:00 (1 year ago) Permalink
Screamin youngins, stay off of my lawn and away from my salsa gigs!
― curmudgeon, Monday, 2 April 2012 21:32 (1 year ago) Permalink
My curvy Colombian friend laughs at the mere mention of the place, but I've never asked him why.
By the way, if deej and the Reverend are reading I owe them an apology for something in the 2008 thread. I asked John Benitez yesterday "Did you ever teach somebody the clave in 11?" and he said "yup, and I got one in 13 too."
― MIke Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 2 April 2012 21:40 (1 year ago) Permalink
When I saw La India, Willie Colon, Oscar D'Leon, El Gran Combo, Tito Rojas and others over the years at Latin clubs (with the gigs advertised only towards the Hispanic audience) in the W. DC area, the shows were always packed, the age range varied, and the gigs always started real late. They were also very enjoyable. If you are a great salsa dancer there is not much room to move around, but for me it was ok.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 13:04 (1 year ago) Permalink
I'm only on the second track but this stuff sounds pretty good:
From this descarga.com lead:
(Add gratuitous comment about no longer being able to afford to buy CDs, and likely violent worldwide social upheaval and ecological disaster worldwide in the not too distant future.)
― _Rudipherous_, Saturday, 7 April 2012 03:06 (1 year ago) Permalink
This one particularly, I think:
― _Rudipherous_, Saturday, 7 April 2012 03:25 (1 year ago) Permalink
I hope to get out dancing again before The World As We Know It ends.
― _Rudipherous_, Saturday, 7 April 2012 03:36 (1 year ago) Permalink
Uh oh, Victor Manuelle guests on it.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 7 April 2012 14:38 (1 year ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 7 April 2012 14:39 (1 year ago) Permalink
This used to be a great listing for Latin Jazz gigs all over but I guess he couldn't keep it up http://www.chipboaz.com/blog/live-latin-jazz/
― MIke Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 7 April 2012 17:45 (1 year ago) Permalink
Speaking of Latin jazz in NYC. Writers Ned Sublette and Larry Blumenfeld like Cuban born jazz sax player Yosvany Terry whose new cd “Today's Opinion” (Criss Cross) is coming out very shortly
THE WALL STREET JOURNALApril 6, 2012
Playing to the Rhythm of Two IslandsCuban Saxophonist Yosvany Terry Integrates the Music of His Youth and Jazz
By LARRY BLUMENFELD
― curmudgeon, Monday, 9 April 2012 21:51 (1 year ago) Permalink
What about his brother Yunior?
― zing left unguarded, the j/k palace in flames (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 9 April 2012 22:17 (1 year ago) Permalink
You can see a picture of Yosvany with Tom Guarna and Manuel Valera performing at Manuel's monthly gig here http://www.terrazacafe.org/
― zing left unguarded, the j/k palace in flames (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 9 April 2012 22:51 (1 year ago) Permalink
x-post -His brother is still playing with him. On Ned's email he pasted the whole Wall Street Journal article. Here's more of Blumenfeld's article:
In 2000, Mr. Terry began leading a Jazz Gallery series featuring players including drummer Dafnis Prieto. Back in Cuba, Messrs. Terry and Prieto had been half of Columna B, a quartet of conservatory students. “That band was like a laboratory for us,” Mr. Terry said. For Mr. Prieto, “Columna B was a way to support each other. We had all this tradition, all this new information, and a desire to create.”
Mr. Terry, who started his musical studies on violin, picked up the saxophone at age 10. He began regular visits to the U.S. in 1995 through Stanford Jazz Workshop. There, he met alto saxophonist Steve Coleman, whose concepts profoundly affected his own music. Mr. Coleman also bought Mr. Terry his first ticket to New York.
Mr. Terry said drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts taught him to play slow tempos with force. Bassist Avishai Cohen urged him to pick up the chekeré again (he plays it on his new CD). During his first months in New York, Mr. Terry practiced daily with alto saxophonist Antonio Hart, who “helped me sound fluent in jazz.” He spent three years in a powerhouse quintet led by Gonzalo Rubalcaba, an eminent Cuban emigre pianist who plays keyboards on the new CD's closing track.
Mysteries underscore Mr. Terry's new compositions: some ancient and communal, like percussionist Pedro Martinez's chants, drawn from abakua, an Afro-Cuban male secret society; others new and personal, such as the numerology behind sometimes dissonant melodies. His bandmates, particularly trumpeter Michael Rodriguez and pianist Osmany Paredes, match his technical prowess and clarity.
Mr. Terry's younger brother, Yunior, the bassist in his current quintet, said: “When I got to New York, Yosvany was writing challenging jazz. I was skeptical. But once I heard it, I fell right in. It extends what we grew up with.”
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 14:08 (1 year ago) Permalink
same old blah blah but noting that the 3ballmty people are featured on the regional mexican panel
― fauxmarc, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 18:19 (1 year ago) Permalink
From tickeri.com, look who's coming to Washington DC. Does he have new music recorded?
May 24 @ Ibiza
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 19:31 (1 year ago) Permalink
i don't think so, he's just always touring
― fauxmarc, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 19:33 (1 year ago) Permalink
Oh, too bad. Saw him at El Borinquen II a long time ago. That might be enough for me
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:40 (1 year ago) Permalink
New version tonight of that band I mentioned a few posts ago with Yunior instead of Yosvany. More funk than Latin Jazz
― Thunderword ESQ (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 14 April 2012 02:47 (1 year ago) Permalink
And it is awesome
― i just believe in memes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 14 April 2012 03:26 (1 year ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 14 April 2012 13:27 (1 year ago) Permalink
It was great. I had to go home and sleep otherwise would have stayed for second set. Yunior told me that they had a big crowd at the Jazz Standard http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/14/arts/music/yosvany-terry-quintet-at-the-jazz-standard.html
― i just believe in memes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 14 April 2012 14:36 (1 year ago) Permalink
haven't heard it yet but apparently the new la excelencia "ecos del barrio" sold out of cds in 24 hours
― fauxmarc, Monday, 16 April 2012 19:39 (1 year ago) Permalink
Descarga is pushing the new La Excelencia as well.
I saw and danced(badly) to old-school Cubans Sierra Maestra at Artisphere outside W. DC Friday night. A fun gig. Their brass consisted just of one trumpet player, but they let an audience member sit in for a couple cuts on his trombone
― curmudgeon, Monday, 23 April 2012 14:40 (1 year ago) Permalink
lamc + summerstage bringing 3ball mty + dj raff to nyc
― fauxmarc, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 19:32 (1 year ago) Permalink
That regional Mexican panel as part of the Billboard Latin Music award week is going on now:
3:30pm- 4:30pmREGIONAL MEXICANSponsored by Morgan Renee Live, LLCThe new generation of Regional Mexican acts discuss genre trends, violence and marketing and promoting onlineIntroduction by: Randy Carrillo, CEO, Morgan Renee Live, LLCModerator: Justino Aguila, Associate Editor, Latin & Special Features, BillboardSpeakers:Erick Rincon, Artist, 3BallMTY (Universal)DJ Otto, Artist, 3BallMTY (Universal)Beat Sheeqo, Artist, 3BallMTY (Universal)Luis Del Villar, President, Del RecordsGerardo Ortiz, Artist (Del Records, Sony)Toy Selectah, Producer/RemixerJose Serrano, Latin Power Music
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 19:51 (1 year ago) Permalink
The show is on Telemundo Thursday night the 26th
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 19:54 (1 year ago) Permalink
The winners were largely predictable:
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 18:49 (1 year ago) Permalink
Latin-jazz benefit show for flutist
Dave Valentin Benefit Tribute: Salsa Meets Jazz Revisited Andy Gonzalez + Manny Oquendo’s Libre w/guest jazz soloists Sonny Fortune & Steve TurrePapo Vazquez Mighty Pirate TroubadoursDave Samuels w/The Dave Valentin Band featuring Bill O’Connell, Ruben Rodriguez, Robby Ameen & Sammy Figueroa+ special surprise guests Masters of Ceremonies Felipe Luciano & Mark Ruffin Monday, May 7, 2012 at le Poisson Rouge10pm-2am158 Bleecker Street | 212.505.FISHwww.lepoissonrouge.com On March 3, 2012 Grammy© Award Winning flutist Dave Valentin was hospitalized after suffering a stroke during a performance at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis. After hospitalization for 10 days following his return to New York City home, Valentin has made remarkable strides on the road to eventual recovering, but is still unable to perform publicly. In order to help the beloved flutist meet his continuing financial obligations during his recuperation, many of his friends will gather to stage a benefit tribute to him at Le Poisson Rouge. Located on the 158 Bleecker Street site of the old Village Gate, where for nearly two decades Monday nights hosted the greatest names in jazz and Latin music performing together before packed houses of listeners and dancers under the banner Salsa Meets Jazz, the space will once again pulsate with the sound of jazz soloists improvising to the AfroCuban rhythms of salsa. The evening will offer older listeners the chance to relive some of the seminal sounds that once filled the room and younger ones a rare opportunity to experience an evening will undoubtedly rekindle the fire that once burned hotly in the Bleecker Street basement. With players such as the bassist-bandleader Andy Gonzalez with Manny Oquendo’s Libre (one of the series’ most popular groups) and guest soloists Sonny Fortune and Steve Turre (two soloists who performed with band many times), former Libre trombonist, composer/bandleader Papo Vazquez with his Might Pirate Troubadours and Valentin’s own rhythm section backing vibraphonist Dave Samuels of Caribbean Jazz Project fame, the night is sure to be one to remember, with several famous surprise guests expected. For those unable to attend who wish to support Valentin on his road to recovery, tax deductible donations can be sent to the laudable organization that has already begun to help the flutist in his time of need, The Jazz Foundation of America, 322 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036. All checks or money orders should note Dave Valentin in the memo line.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 May 2012 23:25 (1 year ago) Permalink
Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez and Wisin y Yandel
The big summer tour package for 2012!
― curmudgeon, Monday, 7 May 2012 21:15 (1 year ago) Permalink
Jesus. Get a life Latin Music.
― _Rudipherous_, Monday, 7 May 2012 21:19 (1 year ago) Permalink
I would still like to see Wisin y Yandel, but not on that tour.
― 誤訳侮辱, Monday, 7 May 2012 21:22 (1 year ago) Permalink
I kinda want to see this show sponsored by local commercial radio station June 24th:
Los Tigres de NorteCarlos y AlejandraPlan BEddy Herrera3Ball MTYK-risma BandLos Adolecentesy mucho mas!
All for $15.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 7 May 2012 21:54 (1 year ago) Permalink
x-post. Wisin y Yandel had the arena schtick down when I saw 'em at a 4,000 seat arena back in 2007 I think. Spotlights, moving around the large stage from one end to the other, hi-fiving audience members, booming musical bottom to their sound
― curmudgeon, Monday, 7 May 2012 21:57 (1 year ago) Permalink
cumbia is everywhere:
from a press release I was emailed-
In addition, you'll be introduced to the new musicians from Howe Gelb's native Tucson making their Giant Sand debuts along with long time collaborator Lonna Kelley lending her smoldering warble from Phoenix.
The Tucson GIANT GIANT SAND lineup includes Brian Lopez, Gabriel Sullivan and Jon Villa who bring their Mex-Amer-i-can plunk to the album with a permeating cumbia style of playing, drawing on South American traditional music. Joining them all is a string section from Aarhus, Denmark introduced to the band by Señor Lopez (where coincidentally the rest of Giant Sand are from) including violinists Asger Christensen amd Iris Jakobsen, who, ironically, was born in Tucson.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:15 (1 year ago) Permalink
Sasha Frere-Jones writing about Afro-Latino music for the first time in ages (I think). But his New Yorker piece on Ned Sublette's fave NYC based Cuban conga player (& singer) Pedrito Martinez is only available in full to subscribers right now
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 19:54 (1 year ago) Permalink
Martinez was just down in New Orleans at the 2nd weekend of Jazzfest and did club gigs there too
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 19:55 (1 year ago) Permalink
He's been in NYC since 1998, wonder why he is suddenly now getting more attention?
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 20:05 (1 year ago) Permalink
You might as well ask the rivers to flow backwards
― Fule Runnings (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 10 May 2012 14:32 (1 year ago) Permalink
Ha. Any coverage is good and I'm late in finding out about lots of stuff myself too (plus convincing editors to feature articles on percussionists without new cds can't be easy). Martinez I discovered has been making bucks as the go-to Cuban percussionist for folks like Sting and others recording in NYC, while quietly playing club gigs week after week. SFJ at the New Yorker, who I think last wrote up a Latino style-reggaeton--5 years ago, somehow got hip to him and noted that he has been bringing folks to see Martinez who thought they did not like Afro-Cuban or jazz sounds, but are apparently won over by the guy's charisma.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 10 May 2012 14:53 (1 year ago) Permalink
Cynical general answer: There is only a finite, tiny number of artists/Jazz artists/Latin Jazz artists who can be in the spotlight at any one time so everyone has to wait their turn until it shines on them.
Personal answer: Ha, I didn't really know who he was until very recently myself. I only found out about him when I learned that Samuel Torres came in second a few years back in Hand Percussion in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and though "Man, second? Who came in first?" Then somebody told me to check out his regular gig at Guantanamera where all sorts of famous people are known to drop by such as Eric Clapton, but I haven't quite made it over there yet.
― The Unbassful Serpent (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 May 2012 11:40 (1 year ago) Permalink
So Latin Beat magazine has chosen to feature obscure DC based Cali, Colombian professor, flautist, salsa singer Verny Varela.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 11 May 2012 13:12 (1 year ago) Permalink
Oh, somebody told me about that Panamanian Jazz Fest from the second article. OK, I see his name mentioned in there.
― The Unbassful Serpent (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 May 2012 13:40 (1 year ago) Permalink