Rolling Afro-Latin Music 2022: Reggaeton, Salsa, Bomba, Latin Jazz, Bachata, Merengue, Urbano and more Latinx

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Another year- we will define broadly what can fit here, but the emphasis should be on reggaeton, salsa, bomba, Latin jazz, bachata, merengue, urbano

curmudgeon, Sunday, 2 January 2022 19:52 (five months ago) link

Thanks!

(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Razor (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 2 January 2022 19:58 (five months ago) link

I am still in 2021 mode-- listening to Xiomara Fortuna's Viendoaver, deep-voiced Dominican roots and more dance music

curmudgeon, Sunday, 2 January 2022 20:43 (five months ago) link

Still behind on my listening. Did read 2 articles slamming J Balvin for his clueless white guy statements and actions re reggaeton

curmudgeon, Thursday, 13 January 2022 19:54 (five months ago) link

https://thegoaspotlight.com/2022/01/18/cultural-manager-hector-tito-matos-dies/

RIP Puerto Rican bomba percussionist and culture supporter Tito Matas at 53

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 January 2022 19:26 (five months ago) link

Tito Matos . Autocorrect error

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 January 2022 19:27 (five months ago) link

Not exactly on point for this thread but the little I have heard of Mexican indie-folkie singer Silvana Estrada seems good. She’s on tour now but I just missed her DC City Winery gig last night

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/24/arts/music/silvana-estrada-marchita.html

curmudgeon, Friday, 28 January 2022 12:41 (five months ago) link

Natalie Lafourcade and Chavela Vargas fans might like Silvana Estrada new album

curmudgeon, Friday, 28 January 2022 16:07 (five months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S52_XxBwbJg

Silvana Estrada on NPR Tiny Desk in 2021 backed by strings and more & sounding mournful & operatic at times

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 February 2022 03:37 (four months ago) link

The percussion video clip tribute to Tito Matos linked in this New York Times obit is powerful stuff. I had mentioned this bomba y plena percussionist's death upthread. Glad Isabelia Herrera did this NY Times obit. Matos died of a heart attack at 53.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/29/arts/music/hector-tito-matos-dead.html

curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 February 2022 00:21 (four months ago) link

Wife and I bought Bad Bunny upper deck at Nats Park tickets for August. Should be fun. Had missed his earlier DC area shows that were at a smaller 10,000 max arena

curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 February 2022 00:24 (four months ago) link

Publicist email I got says in part:

New York, NY – DROM is proud to launch its first weekly artist residency with famed percussionist and vocalist Pedrito Martinez and his group. The Grammy-nominated Cuban musician will bring his signature, high-energy Afro-Cuban sound to the East Village venue every Thursday, starting February 3rd, 2022, effectively kicking off the venue’s 15th Anniversary season

curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 February 2022 14:17 (four months ago) link

He was fun to watch the 2 times I saw him down my way in DC area.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 February 2022 14:18 (four months ago) link

He had a residence for ages at Guantanamera up near Columbus Circle that lots of celebrities went to see but I never got there when he was playing.

Tapioca Tumbril (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 3 February 2022 14:21 (four months ago) link

Rauw Alejandro was on cover of Rolling Stone in January

https://remezcla.com/music/what-we-learned-rauw-alejandro-rolling-stone-cover-story-rosalia-jhay-cortez/

curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 February 2022 14:24 (four months ago) link

Rauw got 4 votes in ILM tracks poll for 2021 I see. I didn’t vote this time.

Rauw’s dating Rosalia who has a new album due, and maybe out already. There’s discussion on her thread

curmudgeon, Saturday, 5 February 2022 16:34 (four months ago) link

Thursday, February 17, 8 p.m. Eastern: Postmambo Movie Night presents Fandango at the Wall (2020). Ned Sublette and Ariana Hall will talk with Arturo O'Farrill, Kabir Sehgal, and (pending confirmation) director Varda Bar-Kar. You need to get on Ned's list to get the zoom link

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 9 February 2022 15:30 (four months ago) link

James Redd posted this over on ile obits

https://www.wbgo.org/music/2022-01-31/mark-levine-a-versatile-artist-and-influential-teacher-in-jazz-and-latin-music-is-dead-at-83

curmudgeon, Thursday, 10 February 2022 15:24 (four months ago) link

Thanks. Actually I had heard he was not doing well from a student of his several months ago but just kind of sat on that info since I didn't know what to do with it.

Ferryboat Bill Jr. (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 10 February 2022 15:41 (four months ago) link

More deaths:

Elpidio Chapotín Delgado, co-founder of NG La Banda and first trumpet of its horn section, the famed Los Metales del Terror, on January 26. Cuban timba band

Suelyn Milanés Bennet, vocalist, director of PM Records, daughter of Pablo Milanés and Yolanda Bennet, on January 30.

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 February 2022 20:07 (four months ago) link

thread I missed last year-- a handful of C Tangana fans here on ilm

C. Tangana - El Madrileño (2021). A spaniard Masterpiece perhaps?

curmudgeon, Saturday, 12 February 2022 18:50 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Liking Fuego & Ryan Castro “Pendiente Al Paso”

Not sure if I heard remix or original version

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 1 March 2022 19:40 (four months ago) link

Bad Bunny and Eddie Palmieri are both gonna be gigging live near me towards the end of March. Not together, alas.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 15:14 (three months ago) link

Wanna hear Residente torch J Balvin for eight minutes? Sure you do.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO73gUhiYe0

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 4 March 2022 21:01 (three months ago) link

https://remezcla.com/music/residente-holds-nothing-back-diss-track-bizarrap-session-j-balvin/

I admit I enjoyed J Balvin live and some of his records. But his offstage comments and actions are not defensible

curmudgeon, Saturday, 5 March 2022 05:18 (three months ago) link

Saw some on twitter noting that Residente used to say he and his group weren’t Reggaeton, so who is he to be the one defending it.

But yeah, Balvin has more to apologize for

curmudgeon, Monday, 7 March 2022 12:17 (three months ago) link

https://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&eventID=B295D227-9CAB-F1CE-4C8FEED7DF84EE70

Eddie Palmieri Latin jazz at Keystone Korner in Baltimore March 25 and 26 and 27 has tickets in person and via streaming.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 9 March 2022 13:07 (three months ago) link

New York Times podcast episode on reggaeton

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/08/arts/music/reggaeton-genre-pop-edm.html

host Jon Caramanica with guests Isabelia Herrera, The New York Times’s arts critic fellow

Katelina Eccleston, reggaeton historian at reggaetonconlagata.com

I still need to listen to that history of reggaeton podcast Loud , narrated by Ivy Queen too

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 9 March 2022 13:53 (three months ago) link

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/celebrating-viral-encanto-soundtracks-colombian-roots-180979435/

disney soundtrack for Encanto is number 1 on chart for weeks using music rooted in Colombia

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 9 March 2022 18:04 (three months ago) link

NY Times article about Encanto soundtrack also. Too bad song "Bruno" to me on first listen sounds like Lin-Manuel Miranda just did his now formulaic mix of Broadway bombast and inserted rap verses with a bit of hidden Colombia rhythms. Carlos Vives is involved with this too

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/07/arts/music/encanto-soundtrack.html

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 9 March 2022 19:03 (three months ago) link

My daughter loves "surface pressure"... that "Pressure like a drip, drip, drip that'll never stop, whoa
Pressure that'll tip, tip, tip 'till you just go pop, whoa" bit has been stuck in my head far more than I'd like it to, it's super addictive.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 10 March 2022 03:09 (three months ago) link

doesn't help that I've been under a lot of stress this past month.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 10 March 2022 03:09 (three months ago) link

My kid is old now so am out of the loop for this Disney Miranda stuff. Both Formulaic and ear wormy.

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 March 2022 18:59 (three months ago) link

A Celebration of Hector "Tito" Matos
Friday, March 25, 2022
8:00PM EDT hostos center
Main Theater
Bronx, NY
Para Un Panderetero Mayor
Hector “Tito” Matos

He’s the plena percussionist and activist who died young recently

curmudgeon, Saturday, 12 March 2022 04:47 (three months ago) link

Luminaries of Viento de Agua and Los Pleneros de la 21 will be featured, along with a special presentation by La Maquina Insular. Performances by Alex "Apolo" Ayala, Nelson Matthew González, Desmar Guevara, Juan Gutiérrez, Norka Nadal, Ricardo Pons, Erick Noel Rosado, Alberto Toro, Víctor Vélez

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curmudgeon, Saturday, 12 March 2022 04:53 (three months ago) link

Another show at Hostos in Bronx

Grammy Award-winning Arturo O’Farrill and the 18-piece Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra perform an exhilarating program to commemorate the life and music of master percussionist Eddie Bobè. Performing alongside O’Farrill and his big band are the renowned pianist/composer Michele Rosewoman and guest percussion legends Román Díaz, Félix Sanabria, Gene Golden, vocalists Abraham Rodríguez and Héctor “Papote” Jiménez as well as Jay Rodríguez on saxophone. Eddie Bobè spoke of moments when the groove got so powerful it was said to be “burning.” Maestro Eddie brought that “burning” to every groove he played. Join us to celebrate an evening of rumba, batá, guaguancó and every manner of groove that Eddie Bobè was a poet of.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 13 March 2022 04:03 (three months ago) link

Fri | Mar 18 | 8:00 PM | Main Theater
Sat | Mar 19 | 8:00 PM | Main Theater
Eddie Bobe tribute Pre-Concert Talk on Fri March 18 at 7 pm

curmudgeon, Sunday, 13 March 2022 04:12 (three months ago) link

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-latin/ruben-blades-rap-response-j-balvin-residente-fight-1319800/

Ruben Blades sorta says-- can't we all just get along

curmudgeon, Sunday, 13 March 2022 20:20 (three months ago) link

“Lo Siento BB” by Tainy, Julieta Venegas, & BD Bunny is ok but doesn’t wow me right now.

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 March 2022 18:55 (three months ago) link

https://soundsandcolours.com/articles/cuba/premiere-harold-lopez-nussa-mixes-reggaeton-and-latin-jazz-on-first-taster-off-new-album-51973/

2020 article about Cuban Latin jazz pianist Harold Lopez Nussa incorporating Reggaeton into a track.

I wonder if there are others trying to do so?

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 16:34 (three months ago) link

I need to catch up on top reggaeton, Urbano, pop, bachata etc tracks too

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 17:06 (three months ago) link

Listening to Nio Garcia, Puerto Rican reggaeton singer and dancer who’s on tour in US in April. He’s ok. Most songs are a bit formulaic

curmudgeon, Friday, 18 March 2022 10:52 (three months ago) link

Daddy Yankee is retiring.

curmudgeon, Monday, 21 March 2022 17:56 (three months ago) link

put his number in the rafters!

roflrofl fight (voodoo chili), Monday, 21 March 2022 17:57 (three months ago) link

Yes ! ( after a cup of coffee got your nod to baseball Yankees getting numbers retired.)

Rosalia shouted out Daddy Yankee and other early reggaeton acts in a New York Times article

s. “I listened to Don Omar, Ivy Queen, Lorna, Yankee, Zion & Lennox since I was at least 13,” she said. “This is part of my experience.”

curmudgeon, Monday, 21 March 2022 20:03 (three months ago) link

https://hemisphericinstitute.org/en/events/listening-to-the-forgotten-archival-research-methods-in-music.html

MARCH 31, 2022 | 12:30—2:00 PM EST
a zoom chat w/ Rosa Marquetti, the author behind the web resource Desmemoriados: Historias de la música cubana; Chano Pozo: La vida (1915-1948);the forthcoming book on Celia Cruz, Celia en Cuba (1925-1960), in Spanish but simultaneously translated into English

curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 March 2022 00:02 (three months ago) link

Oh yeah, saw something about that over the weekend, thanks for the reminder.

The Central Rockaliser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 17:43 (three months ago) link

I am 4 to 5 or so hours from Queens NY but keep getting IG ads for April 2 "Tripleta Salsero"-Rafu Warner, Mayito Rivera (ex-Los Van Van), Osvaldo Roman (ex-Puerto Rican Power) in Queens , Looks like you have to go to eventbrite or tickeri for specific location

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 March 2022 19:29 (three months ago) link

https://sabr.org/gamesproj/game/october-12-1963-latin-american-charity-game-is-polo-grounds-grand-finale/

So while I knew of the Fania show at Yankee Stadium in the 70s , I didn’t know that before a Latin American Allstars baseball game at the old Polo Grounds in NY, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, and La Lupe performed in 1963.

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 May 2022 00:44 (one month ago) link

https://www.salsaforums.com/threads/pianist-sergio-noro%C3%B1a-has-died.41709/

Cuban timba pianist Sergio Norona has died

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 May 2022 02:21 (one month ago) link

x-post - I watched the Ben Lapidus presentation on Latin music in NYC tonight. Lots of details and cool photos. He jumped around chronologically though which was a bit hard to follow.

He's playing Saturday night @ Mi Salsa Kitchen, a Cuban place on Lower East side

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 May 2022 03:48 (one month ago) link

reggaeton dembow rhythm as used around the world

https://daily.bandcamp.com/lists/dembow-rhythm-list

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 May 2022 15:53 (one month ago) link

nice caribbean pan steel drum comes in at one point on the reggaeton pop track by Zion & Lennox and Danny Ocean

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHzcZhlgK5U

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 May 2022 14:58 (one month ago) link

Also liking Nesi & El Alfa "Mi Bom Bom (chocolate)"

and hipster fave Reyna Tropical (afro-Mexican tropical pop)

curmudgeon, Monday, 23 May 2022 16:24 (one month ago) link

x-post - nice caribbean pan steel drum comes in at one point on the reggaeton pop track by Zion & Lennox and Danny Ocean

great summer song "Brisra"

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 June 2022 01:57 (four weeks ago) link

"Brisa" I mean (Breeze in English I think)

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 June 2022 02:03 (four weeks ago) link

early heads up --for Sat. June 25 event at the Smithsonian Folklife Fest on the national mall in DC (& on Youtube)--

* A tribute to Puerto Rican master plenero, percussionist, educator, and community leader Héctor René “Tito” Matos Otero who recently & suddenly passed (as noted upthread) . He played plena, an Afro-Puerto Rican drums genre.W/ Caribbean jazz fusion by Oakland-based John Santos Sextet and Friends; orchestrated plena by New York City-based Los Pleneros de la 21; the high-energy next-generation ensemble Los Pleneros de la Cresta ; & a collective of voices presented by Plenazo Cangrejero. The host is Libertad Guerra, a community leader and long-time friend. Video clips featuring Tito’s wife and son, Mariana Reyes and Marcelo Matos,will be included . 6:30 to 9:15 pm @ Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the national mall(& on Youtube)

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 June 2022 03:06 (four weeks ago) link

Saw some of a free Afro-latin fest in DC w/ Cuban drummer Yissy Garcia, Cuban vocalist Dayme Arocena, and Dominican Yasser Tejeda. Liked some of Tejada set. Was disappointed by Garcia who at times seemed too jam band jazzy. She also backed Arocena which kind of detracted from that set, as her drumming was too over the top. Had fun watching folks line dance to a dj playing pop reggaeton and Elvis Crespo in between live sets

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 June 2022 16:09 (three weeks ago) link

I wrote about the mighty Fruko for Burning Ambulance this week.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 8 June 2022 12:30 (three weeks ago) link

Haven’t even clicked yet but awesome news!

Double Elvis on the Dime (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 9 June 2022 01:47 (three weeks ago) link

Just randomly put on El Violento because of that. So good.

Double Elvis on the Dime (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 9 June 2022 02:00 (three weeks ago) link

Joe Arroyo died young at 55 in 2011. Glad I saw him a couple of times between 2004 and his death. His voice was kinda raspy, he looked like he was in bad health, but he and his band (who did Latinized Motown choreography) sounded pretty good. But yeah, need to go back and listen to Arroyo with Fruko recordings.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 June 2022 12:10 (three weeks ago) link

RIP Willie Sotelo pianist and most recent music director for El Gran Combo from cancer

https://www.billboard.com/music/latin/willie-sotelo-dead-el-gran-combo-pianist-dies-obit-1235081678/

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 June 2022 20:22 (three weeks ago) link

Still listening to El Violento.

The Crazy World of Encyclopedia Brown (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 12 June 2022 00:20 (two weeks ago) link

RIP Willie Soleto.

The Crazy World of Encyclopedia Brown (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 12 June 2022 00:20 (two weeks ago) link

Some Fruko discussion here.

The Crazy World of Encyclopedia Brown (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 12 June 2022 00:28 (two weeks ago) link

Thanks. Listening to this song now:

"Fruko El Grande" ("Fruko The Big") is the name of the album I'm talking about. It has one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) salsa hits made in Colombia. The second cut from side B, called "El Preso" ("The Prisoner") is a song that not one single Colombian can say hasn't heard at least once in his/her life. Not sung by Joe Arroyo but Wilson Manyoma "Saoko", the other lead singer in the band.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 12 June 2022 18:20 (two weeks ago) link

Cuban band Los Van Van were playing US gigs in May and now its former Los Van Van member Pupe to come with his band Los Que Son Son around the week of July 4th. I saw Pupe and Los Que Son Son, his timba band, once and they were great.

Now coming to SOBs in NYC on July 1st, DC on 2nd, XL in Jersey on 3rd, Los Angeles on July 8, San Francisco on 9th, Louisville, Kentucky on 15th, Chicago on 16h

SALSA TIMBA FESTIVAL - PUPY LOS QUE SON SON-EL NORO
Saturday, Jul 2, 2022 - Doors: 9:00pm
Karma DC Live Music Venue
2221 ADAMS PLACE NORTHEAST
WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 20018

https://www.facebook.com/DD-Records-Arts-Entertainment-107917724118129

curmudgeon, Sunday, 12 June 2022 19:39 (two weeks ago) link

Pupy

curmudgeon, Sunday, 12 June 2022 19:41 (two weeks ago) link

I wasn't familiar with her work, but RIP ethnomusicologist Roberta L. Singer.

Jimmy Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne Mary-Anne (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 June 2022 13:45 (two weeks ago) link

I was not either. But I see she did this cool "A South Bronx Latin Music Tale"

https://placematters.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/mambo.pdf

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 14 June 2022 15:21 (two weeks ago) link

Just saw the Bobby Sanabria writeup of Roberta SInger on FB that some have shared there

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 14 June 2022 15:44 (two weeks ago) link

Yes. That's how I saw it first.

Jimmy Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne Mary-Anne (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 June 2022 16:13 (two weeks ago) link

I shared info about Singer on twitter as she was barely discussed there. As annoying as FB can be, it's a better site for some older rooted music genres.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 16 June 2022 20:29 (two weeks ago) link

Publicists are hyping US small club tour of Chilean folk-pop Pascuala Ilabaca and her band

curmudgeon, Thursday, 16 June 2022 20:30 (two weeks ago) link

I shared info about Singer on twitter as she was barely discussed there. As annoying as FB can be, it's a better site for some older rooted music genres.

Otm.

Jimmy Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne Mary-Anne (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 16 June 2022 20:45 (two weeks ago) link

https://2022.jazz.org/bobby-sanabria looks really good. Don't know if I can get a virtual ticket.

Ride into the Sunship (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 19 June 2022 21:48 (one week ago) link

Haven't gotten one yet but, ten bucks, cheep!

Ride into the Sunship (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 19 June 2022 22:50 (one week ago) link

I'm in. Bobby is doing a Father's Day spiel about all the music he listened to with his dad.

Ride into the Sunship (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 19 June 2022 23:39 (one week ago) link

There is kind of a Buddy Rich thing about him tbh.

Ride into the Sunship (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 19 June 2022 23:40 (one week ago) link

Band is killing "Caravan" right now, or a medley that includes "Caravan" and maybe something else.

Ride into the Sunship (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 19 June 2022 23:42 (one week ago) link

Really enjoying this long story about James Reese Europe and Rafael Hernández Marín.

Ride into the Sunship (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 19 June 2022 23:53 (one week ago) link

Kind of a cool thing now where each trombone player took a mini solo.

Ride into the Sunship (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 June 2022 00:13 (one week ago) link

Now they are doing a version of "Spooky!"

Ride into the Sunship (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 June 2022 01:07 (one week ago) link

"Spooky"!

Ride into the Sunship (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 June 2022 01:07 (one week ago) link

Now "Do It Again"

Ride into the Sunship (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 June 2022 01:15 (one week ago) link

I feel disloyal to the Steely Dan backup vocalists.

Ride into the Sunship (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 June 2022 01:16 (one week ago) link

Ha

curmudgeon, Monday, 20 June 2022 17:33 (one week ago) link

Might buy a virtual ticket to Michele Roseman there next Wednesday.

Ride into the Sunship (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 21 June 2022 13:26 (one week ago) link

https://2022.jazz.org/michele-rosewomans-new-yoruba
Somehow I had never heard of her until The Pope told me about her last year.

Ride into the Sunship (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 21 June 2022 13:35 (one week ago) link

I know her name but not her music. Impressive looking band lineup there. That might be worth checking out.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 22 June 2022 04:00 (one week ago) link

In a different genre — have heard El Alfa doing gogo dance several times . It’s reggaeton not Dc go-go

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 22 June 2022 04:01 (one week ago) link

Ugh, I messed up her name in my last post, Rosewoman.

Ride into the Sunship (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 June 2022 22:33 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GHKHDxpK1g

Smithsonian Folklife Festival tribute concert to late plenero Tito Matos. The video has some tech glitches and unrelated footage at beginning before the emcee comes on and the music starts. There is also film of Matos wife and 8 year old son talking about him eloquently .

curmudgeon, Sunday, 26 June 2022 04:48 (five days ago) link

The tribute is long and there's lots of talking in between, but the dancer who joins La Plena de la 21 part of the way through is fun to watch '21 horn section and percussionists are impressive. The first group led by John Santos mixes plena with jazz fusion and they were my least fave of the night. The 2 younger groups who play after the long Plena de la 21 are good too, and a bit different. One did some nice harmonies and other vocal techniques that worked well.

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 June 2022 02:43 (four days ago) link

Sirius xm is still playing The reggaeton pop track by Zion & Lennox and Danny Ocean “Brisa” a lot along with that “gogo dance” by El Alfa .

Their algorithms also have them playing Victor Manuelle and El Gran Combo on occasion, so that must mean folks other than me like salsa and Reggaeton.

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 June 2022 13:08 (four days ago) link

For those Latin jazz gigs in NYC with pianist Rosewoman this week , I see that she has a band including Chris Washburne, trombone/tuba, and Robby Ameen, drums among others

https://www.moderndrummer.com/2004/05/robby-ameen/

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 June 2022 17:22 (four days ago) link

Yes! And Alex "Alexander Pope" Norris, who I just ran into yesterday at Samuel Torres gig in my neighborhood whilst running an errand. Think Roman Diaz is usually in her band too.

Build My Gallows Hi Hi Hi (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 27 June 2022 17:31 (four days ago) link


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