The cats in Havana – 1977

The year: 1977.

The place: La Habana, Cuba.

President Jimmy Carter thawed the freeze between the United States and Cuba a bit by allowing a boatload of American musicians to travel to Havana to perform with Cuban musicians, the first such officially sanctioned visit since 1961.

Check out the young, very serious and (very thin) Arturo Sandoval and Paquito D’Rivera.… Read more

Interview with Gilberto Valdés Zequeira – in his 90th year


Jazz on the Tube brought Gilberto (left) and his friend
David Amram together again in Havana after a 40 year absence

Interview with Gilberto Valdés Zequeira

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Gilberto Valdés Zequeira was born in Havana on August 16, 1928.

As a kid he listened to Chano Pozo’s rehearsals in the Colon neighborhood of Havana.

His vocal group had … Read more

Jerry Gonzalez (1949-2018)

Andy Gonzalez & Rumbajazz with Jerry Gonzalez, Pedrito Martinez, Perdomo, and Ivan Renta in Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest 2008.

One of the great musicians of his generation Jerry Gonzalez passed away in accident in Spain. More information coming as we get it.

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Documentary – “Mr. Bongo: I’m going to live until I die”

Jack Costanzo (1919-2018)

Jack Costanzo started out as a dancer but self-education which included three trips to Havana in the 1940s made him a bongero (bongo master) and he was in instant demand both with jazz and Latin orchestras.

His first exposure to the instrument came when he was 14 years old at a ballroom dance concert in his home … Read more

The funkiest beat – built off the clave

New Orleans drum master Zigaboo Modeliste explains how he built the iconic drum riff to the funk classic “Hey Pocky A-Way” from the clave.

First the tune..

Now the explanation

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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