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La Dame Blanche is a Cuban rapper and jazz vocalist.
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October 9, 2014 Alt.Latino takes a trip into the vault to remember Graciela, the Queen of Latin Jazz, but also showcases a great new Cuban jazz singer and rapper named La Dame Blanche.
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Argentine musician Juana Molina.
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October 17, 2013 We were thrilled to have Juana Molina on this week's show to talk about her new album, Wed21, her musical influences, and how to rebel when your parents have the coolest musical tastes ever.
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Conguero Poncho Sanchez gave Frank Foster's swing classic, "Shiny Stockings," a new identity as a mambo.
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February 22, 2010 Jazz musicians have long mined Broadway, the Great American Songbook, and even pop music for material. Here are five Latin interpretations of songs written by jazz musicians, a process that isn't as easy as playing the chords of a jazz composition over a mambo rhythm.
Tito Puente, above playing in London, was one of the best percussionists of any era.
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May 26, 2009 Want a great conversation-starter with a fan of Latin jazz? Ask, "What's your favorite pairing of conga and timbales?" Many long-standing percussion duos display seemingly telepathic interplay — the intensity of a runaway train mixed with the kind of swing that makes hips move by themselves. Picking five was a chore, but here they are.
December 22, 2007 The last time Scott Simon spoke to percussionist Bobby Sanabria, it was about Sanabria's newest CD, which has since been nominated for a Grammy Award. Now, Sanabria wants listeners to meet a classic Afro-Cuban album: Machito's Kenya.
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August 1, 2001 Machito emigrated to the United States in 1937, after years of being a professional musician in Cuba. The timing was perfect, as Afro-Cuban jazz (a variety of Latin jazz) was on the verge of becoming popular. Machito and his band became a master of the genre, as displayed on this energetic album.
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August 1, 2001 In the 1940s and 1950s, some of the greatest jazz and Latin musicians performed together in New York and Havana. This festive album, The Original Mambo Kings: An Introduction to Afro-Cubop 1948-1954, features Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bebo Valdes and many others who capture the spirit of the era.
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