Santiago de Cuba – A carnival group rehearses

A carnival group from Santiago de Cuba (“Conga de San Agustin”) rehearses.

So much power indoors you think they might blow the roof off.

Taking the practice to the streets with the dancers

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Jamming at “La Maganette”

From the YouTube collection of Neil Axelrod.

Beautiful footage from a wonderful time. Dave Valentin shines as host and leader of an impromptu flue summit.

Now out of business, La Maganette was a salsa magnet.

Here’s how New York Magazine described it:

Midtown’s kitschy old-Italian La Maganette (825 Third Avenue, at 50th Street) specializes in charanga, with performances by such … Read more