Cuba on the keyboard


Roberto Carlos Valdes

Cuban piano is combination of the precision of the classical keyboard with the precision of the tumbadora.

Eighty eight drums, ten fingers.

Roberto Carlos Valdes, grandson of Bebo Valdes.

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Black Orpheus

Black Orpheus, a film released in June of 1959, set the music world on fire.

You’ll see why in the first ten minutes.

From the Wall Street Journal Review by John Edward Hasse:

“The movie led to an international craze for bossa nova in the early to mid-1960s. The 1962 record ‘Jazz Samba’ by guitarist Charlie Byrd and saxophonist Stan … Read more

Cuba Insight – Join the list

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 … Read more

“Our Changui”

 A visit to Oriente

Down home Cuba “roots” music

One of the great things about my trips to Cuba was being introduced to Changui by our friend Camilo Moreira.

Changuia is sublime “roots” music from the countryside of Oriente and not well known outside the island.

Documentary in Spanish, but lots to see and listen to – and feel.… Read more

The NYU Jazz Orchestra conducted by Bobby Sanabria

DECEMBER 4, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NYU ALL UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA conducted by Bobby Sanabria

CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH A LATIN JAZZ SPECTACULAR!!!

WORKS BY LEONARD BERNSTEIN, TITO PUENTE, EDDIE PALMIERI, ARSENIO RODRIGUEZ, JOAO DONATO, AND MORE AS WELL AS HOLIDAY CLASSICS PERFOMED IN A LATIN JAZZ WAY!

Multi-Grammy nominated NYU faculty member Bobby Sanabria will be conducting the … Read more