April 29, 2010 The HBO show has folks in musical communities around the country tuning in and talking about it. Like, for example, the Latin jazz bandleader and percussionist Bobby Sanabria, who is watching the show through Afro-Cuban lenses.
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.
April 25, 2010 The album compiles the previously unreleased late-'60s and early-'70s demos Kristofferson recorded before anyone knew who he was. Its songs include early versions of "Me and Bobby McGee," "Come Sundown" and "Just the Other Side of Nowhere." The album will be heard here in its entirety until its release on May 4.
The Dexter Gordon Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress
April 23, 2010 The Library's new collection of Gordon's materials, donated by widow Maxine Gordon, includes items from throughout a career than spanned five decades. Hear some of the recorded highlights.
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April 15, 2010 Funny thing, this blogging — for contributor Felix Contreras, admittedly from the old school of journalism, including the pronoun "I" in his writing has been like re-learning life left-handed.
Regina Carter performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
April 11, 2010 Carter's violin has expressed moods inspired by European classical, bebop, Afro-Cuban and Southern blues music. On her new album Reverse Thread, and in this recent performance at the NPR Music offices, Carter plays traditional African melodies, re-imagined through her own jazz sensibilities.
April 8, 2010 As Latin jazz icon Graciela Grillo-Perez drew her last breath yesterday morning in a New York hospital, her good friend Mappy Torres placed a pair of wooden claves in her hands.
April 4, 2010 Jeff Beck's new album — available here in its entirety until its release on April 13 — is a collection of songs that suit his adventurous style, with some cushioned by a symphony orchestra and another featuring the young soul singer Joss Stone.
April 1, 2010 There's a master class in Afro-Cuban music history happening on the Yahoo! Latin Jazz listserv. Legendary percussionist Armando Peraza has recently joined, and is being showered with accolades, praise and questions from participants of the 10-year...
March 25, 2010 Even amid the 1,981 mostly rock bands from around the world at this year's South By Southwest Music Festival, Felix Contreras found some jazz. Well, a jazz musician and a guitar player who loves jazz and jazz vinyl.
Jimi Hendrix performs a soundcheck at the Monterey Pop Festival, 1967.
March 25, 2010 Jerry Garcia's grin, Carlos Santana's grimace, Jimi Hendrix's flamboyance and Duane Allman's intense gaze of concentration. Jim Marshall seemed to sense when it was coming and knew the exact instant when he should click the shutter. The renowned r...
March 18, 2010 The Latin jazz community was hit with another loss after the death of Victor Pantoja. The percussionist died late last week after battling lung cancer for three years. He was known as "El Negrito" among his musical colleagues. And he collected man...
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March 11, 2010 Last week the nominations for Canada's Juno Awards were announced. It reminded Felix Contreras: we don't pay enough attention to our jazz friends up north.
March 8, 2010 The singer was part of a musical scene in 1950s Cuba that produced an entire generation of musical innovators and pioneers. The two classic boleros she performs in this Tiny Desk Concert are a reflection of the passion for life she instills in every performance.
March 4, 2010 Keyboardist Bobby Espinosa, called by one music writer "The Jimmy Smith of East Los Angeles," died last week in Los Angeles, at age 60. Though his band El Chicano was marketed as a pop act, they were also a damn good Latin jazz band.
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