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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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“Isora Club” – from Cachao

Another clip from the wonderful Andy Garcia made about Cachao.

A little talk followed by a beautiful rendition of “Isora Club.”

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Cachao!

A film by Andy Garcia

The first 10 minutes

The intro to one of the best things Andy Garcia ever did.

A beautiful and deep film tribute to Cachao!

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Africa Viva – Cachao

Another clip from the marvelous Andy Garcia film about Cachao.

It starts with a story about Aaron Copeland and is interspersed with fascinating tales about a 115 year old drummer from Congo and Igor Stravinsky.

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Three gems

One of these videos fell into lap my while searching on YouTube. I’m not able to easily find any info about the group Orquestra Failde, but their work speaks for itself.

The director is Jospeph Ros.

All I can say is God bless him. Cuba captured with all its dignity, beauty and fun and great shots of one of my most favorite places in the world, Matanzas.

A danzon composed by Habanero Abelardito Valses (1911-1958) “Almendra” and performed in the Danzon’s birthplace Matanzas.

Tribute to Benny More with Omara Portuondo and Orquestra celebrating the fruitful Cuba-Mexico relationship

Sobre mi pecho Matanzas

Yo tambien!


Great news!

You can now watch this video – and all Spanish language videos – with English subtitles. It’s free!

Click here for instructions on how to turn on English subtitles.

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Jon Cleary, the Tres and New Orleans

There are two quintessential Cuban instruments.

The drums, of course. Africa.

And the tres. From Andalusia. Moorish Spain…also Africa.

New Orleans piano “professor” and lover of Cuban music Jon Clear shows how the tres laid down the foundation for Cuban piano which laid down the foundation for the New Orleans sound.

This is part of Jon’s WONDERFUL live stream series.

You can (and should) pay the piper directly here.

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Jon Cleary live-streaming from New Orleans

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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