Charlie Palmieri teaches the kids

We discovered this gem in the middle of a documentary about Puerto Rican culture in New York.

The late great Charlie Palmieri (1927 – 1988) does what so many great musicians have done – and continue to do – over the years: teaching the next generation.

That’s why we have the great music we do.

Interviews about Latin music education … Read more

2017 Roberto Ocasio Latin Jazz Camp

A mambo version of from the Gym Scene of West Side Story performed by the students of the 2017 Roberto Ocasio Latin Jazz Camp directed by Bobby Sanabria.

Composed by Leonard Bernstein, arranged by Danny Rivera with additional arranging by Bobby.

The dancers are from the Cleveland Ballet.

Thanks to all the sponsors who made the camp and this performance … Read more

Martin Cohen, Latin Percussion and Congahead


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Ken McCarthy talks with Martin Cohen

Click here to visit Martin Cohen’s Congahead channel


More videos

Making the first bongo drum

A conga accident that led to a success

How Latin Percussion got its endorsement


Click here to visit Martin Cohen’s Congahead channel

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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