Havana: March 2017 – Cuban women in jazz

By marvelous coincidence, Fiesta del Tambor coincided with Cuban Women in Jazz Week.

El Zorra y La Cuarva, Havana’s pre-eminent jazz club, featured a different woman-led band every night during the week of March 6.

The truth is this scheduling only required a little rearranging of Zorra’s schedule since all of these bands already play there regularly when they’re in … Read more

Havana: March 2017 – Jazz is alive and thriving in Havana

We went down to Havana in March to see the Fiesta del Tambor (The Drum Festival.)

We figured a drum festival in Havana had to be amazing, but nothing prepared us for the superabundance of talent and the sheer amount of music offered.

Since Jazz on the Tube is a jazz web site, we’re going to start with the jazz … Read more

Havana: March 2017 – Gilberto Valdés Zequeira

Gilberto Valdés is eight-eight years old this year. We had the wonderful opportunity to meet him and spend some time talking jazz.

Jazz drummer, singer, band leader, producer and educator. Gilberto’s life tells the story of post-war jazz in the United States and Cuba and bridges Cuba’s pre and post-Revolution jazz history.

Havana-born, as a youngster he made frequent trips … Read more

Camilo Moreira – Jazz educator in Havana

Camilo Moreira our heroic educator in Havana

Jazz has been in Cuba for almost as long as jazz has existed. In fact, Cuban music was one of the contributors to the formation of jazz in its earliest years. (See Jelly Roll Morton’s comment on the essential role of the “Spanish tinge” in achieving the jazz feel.)

In spite of this … Read more

Central Park at the Bandshell 1972

New York City has a large Puerto Rican population.

At the time of this recording, the community was under attack in ways that are scarcely imaginable today.

In the Bronx, scores of blocks of housing and businesses had been taken by eminent domain and destroyed to make room for highways; essential city services like police and fire department were withdrawn; … Read more

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