Martin Cohen, Latin Percussion and Congahead

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Ken McCarthy talks with Martin Cohen

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Things missing from the historical record

Scholars are all about paper.

If it’s not on paper, it didn’t happen.

This presents are problem for future scholarship on the subject of Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz.

There’s a similar scholarship problem in the area of contributions of Gaelic to American English for the same reason.

In both cases, the people involved were so busy with the challenges of … Read more

Birdland and the Palladium Ballroom

For those who missed it, Birdland, the shrine of bebop, and the Palladium Ballroom, the shrine of Latin jazz, were just a block away from each other.

The original Birdland opened December 15, 1949 at 1678 Broadway just north of West 52nd Street and closed in 1965.

The Palladium Ballroom opened in 1948 on the corner of 53rd Street and … Read more

Mongo Santamaria

From Wikipedia:

Santamaría learned rumba as a kid in the streets of Havana’s Jesús María barrio.

He reminisced: “In the neighborhood where I came from we had all kinds of music, mostly from Africa. We did not leave it alone; we changed it our way. The music we made dealt with religion and conversation. The drum was our tool and … Read more

Andy Gonzalez and Rumbajazz

When you talk about Cuban music, you have to talk about Puerto Rico and the Bronx too.

This video is a classic example why.

From a concert recorded in Puerto Rico in 1998.

Andy Gonzalez – bass, The Bronx (Puerto Rico)
Jerry Gonzalez – trumpet, The Bronx (Puerto Rico)
Ivan Renta – tenor sax, Puerto Rico
Luis Perdomo – piano, … Read more