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Cuba is not just another country with music.

It’s nothing less than the Mother Ship of Afro-Latin music.

With its habanera, danzon, changüí, son, son montuno, rumba, mambo, cha-cha-cha, timba, and wide variety of Afro-Cuban spiritual musical forms, Cuba has been as important to the music of the world as the United States has been with its blues, jazz, rock and rock, and gospel music.

But getting information about the Cuban jazz scene is not easy…

It’s scarcely covered by major jazz magazines. Even getting a list of jazz venues in Havana isn’t easy.

Ken’s Cuba List is filling the gap with videos and articles that will help you put Cuba’s music in perspective and educate yourself about its riches past and present.

We’re also sharing practical information including travel tips and a weekly listing of what’s going on in the clubs in Havana (the only source of this particular info on the Internet.)

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Great news – Eddie Durham rides again

Long-time Jazz on the Tube subscribers know we have been dedicated advocates to the idea that arranger/composer/music director/ amplified guitar pioneer/trombone virtuoso Eddie Durham deserves a much higher profile among jazz fans and jazz students than his memory currently enjoys.

How high?

It’s time that he be placed at the level of Duke Ellington and other ESSENTIAL masters of the art.

As an important step in that direction, we’re delighted to announce a MAJOR documentary on Eddie’s life and music that launches tomorrow February 1, 2024.

Details and an informative wide-ranging interview.

Watch the interview above, and for more info on the documentary, click this link.

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Music credit: The Jazz on the Tube podcast theme song is “Mambo Inferno” performed by The Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra conducted by Bobby Sanabria from the CD ¡Que Viva Harlem!

 

Bob Beamon, Conguero

If you’re around 64 or older you probably remember the shock of the 1968 Olympic leap of Bob Beamon when it happened.

He didn’t just win the gold, he also shattered the world record – and 56 years later it’s still the Olympic record.

What you probably didn’t know, and I didn’t know until very recently, is that Bob has had a passion for Afro-Caribbean music since he was 9 years old growing up in the projects in South Jamaican, Queens.

But he was more than just a fan. Until he went to college and shifted his attention to sports, he was on track to become a professional musician.

Now at 77, he’s playing again. In a band and is on his first CD.

Complete interview – December 29, 2023

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Music credit: The Jazz on the Tube podcast theme song is “Mambo Inferno” performed by The Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra conducted by Bobby Sanabria from the CD ¡Que Viva Harlem!

The Church Built on ‘A Love Supreme’

In San Francisco, there is a church that has ‘A Love Supreme’ as its chief liturgical text.

When you think of the impact Bach’s music has had on the experience of worship, this might not be as much of a stretch as it might seem at first.

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Yesterday there was no Christmas in Bethlehem


John Coltrane Quartet – “Alabama”


Pastor Munther Issac,
Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church
in Bethlehem
December 23, 2023

Yesterday there was no Christmas in Bethlehem.

That’s not the name of a song.

It’s a simple statement of fact.

Every year, I look forward to releasing the Christmas “mix tape” because I like the idea of bringing happiness to people.

The flip side is I can’t ignore the misery and sorrow of others.

This year, halfway through Christmas morning, my wife asked if we could turn the music off and I had to agree with her.

Our family came over later and we had a good time with them, but somehow playing celebratory music did not sit right with us this Christmas.

Sixty years ago, this past September 15th, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed by some deranged, hate-filled people, killing four young African-American girls.

The murders rightly shocked the conscience of a nation.

The perpetrators and their supporters (the first one wasn’t jailed until 14 years later) justified their crime as “protecting their way of life.”

This Christmas, as of this writing, 110 mosques and three Christian churches have been bombed in Gaza. More than 20,000 civilians have been killed, over half children with over 200 people killed in the last 24 hours alone.

For the wounded, there are no working hospitals, no medical clinics, no ambulances, and over 300 medical personnel killed. 1.2 million Gazans (4 out of 5) are now homeless and the UN has stated “there is no safe place in Gaza.”

These are the facts.

Every September 15, we play John Coltrane’s “Alabama” in memory of the lives of the four innocent little girls murdered in Birmingham.

Today we play it along with a sermon from Pastor Munther Issac of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem.

I don’t know what we can do to help given the monstrous indifference of our governments and news media, but we can start by not averting our eyes from this great evil and speaking out clearly against it.

The day the first child was injured this should have been stopped.

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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