Copy into your RSS Reader
Copy into your Podcast App
Herencia De Timbiqui, one of the many Afro-Latino artists on this week's show.
Courtesy of the artist
February 6, 2014 The show kicks off its Black History Month coverage with the creators of the LatiNegr@s Project, which is dedicated to documenting the stories and perspectives of Black Latinos.
A woman disguised as "Catrina" poses for a photo in Guadalajara, Mexico. La Catrina is the Mexican representation of death, created 100 years ago by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada.
Hector Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images
November 1, 2013 Alt.Latino observes the holiday by offering music and memories to loved ones we lost this year, with special dedications from our listeners.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/241636597/242343574" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Bebo Valdés rehearses at the Latin Grammy Awards in 2004.
Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images
March 22, 2013 The pianist and composer/arranger was a prime mover in the international musical exchange that was Havana in the middle of the 20th Century. Late in his career, he enjoyed a new wave of fame as his accomplishments came to light anew. The father of Chucho Valdés, he was 94.
April 27, 2010 The violin was partly responsible for bringing non-Americans to jazz. In the very early days of the genre, it was a European, Stephane Grappelli, who really carved out a place in jazz for the violin in the post-WWII era. Hear five examples of the way the instrument has blended seamlessly into decades of jazz.
Conguero Poncho Sanchez gave Frank Foster's swing classic, "Shiny Stockings," a new identity as a mambo.
Charley Gallay/Getty Images Entertainment
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.
November 13, 2008 Bebo Valdes left Havana 50 years ago, but at the piano, it's as if he's still there. He's not reviving anything; he just kept on doing it the old way, long after music in Cuba had moved on. On Live at the Village Vanguard, Valdes shares billing with his frequent duo partner, bassist Javier Colina.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/96952296/96952794" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
January 19, 2006 At 87, Cuban pianist and composer Bebo Valdes is busier than ever — and he's getting more recognition than ever before. But just 10 years ago, he was hardly recognized as a lounge pianist in Stockholm.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/5163753/5163881" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
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.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/4172922/151217319" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor