Young cats from Cuba make good in New York

Every year, Jazz at Lincoln Center hosts the equivalent of “Woodstock” for high school jazz bands.

It’s called Essentially Ellington and in a word it’s GREAT.

The bad news is you can’t get tickets. It’s for the bands only.

The good news is Jazz at Lincoln Center video streams the entire three day program live and later post videos to … Read more

Cándido Camero and Bobby Sananbria

Two great gentleman percussionists talking about the fine points of the art.

Cándido Camero is the most recorded conga player in jazz history.

In this interview, Bobby Sananbria interviews him about Cándido’s life in Cuba and New York City and the innovations he brought to percussion.

We covered Cándido and the film about him “Hands of Fire” in a previous … Read more

Preservation Hall Jazz: From New Orleans to Cuba and back again

Everyone who knows anything about jazz knows that New Orleans is essential to the story of jazz.

A whole lot fewer know that Cuba is essential to the story of New Orleans (but most of our over 40,000 subscribers do!)

Before 1959 travel back and forth between New Orleans and Havana was common – for over 200 years.

For much … Read more

International Jazz Day – Havana 2017

This year’s headquarters for International Jazz Day is Havana.

With extensive detective work, we managed to find the program.

You can download the English language version here

Lots of interesting stuff, but the thing that jumped out at me more than anything else is this:

On 11 AM on Thursday and Friday (April 27 & 28 respectively) there will be … Read more

Ella and Mario

Early recording of Ella with Chick Webb (1936)

Today (April 25, 2017) is Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday.

Who “discovered” her?

The broad strokes story says she was discovered singing at the Apollo Theater and was offered a spot with the Chick Webb Orchestra.

The details are a little more interesting…

Mario Bauzá, the great Cuban musical wizard who was … Read more