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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“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

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque All-Stars

Big news: You can catch Jane and her band in an intimate setting at the Falcon on the Hudson Valley this Sunday, September 15, 2019.

Jane Bunnett and and her husband Larry Kramer have provided the gateway to the larger world for countless young Cuban musicians.

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Daymé!

A beautiful singer, a beautiful band, and beautiful footage of the beautiful people of Cuba.

The tune is “La Rumba Me Llamo Yo”

The singer and leader is Daymé Arocena, one of the great artists of the new generation of Cuba.

A comment from a YouTube viewer:

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Ray Barretto and friends on Sesame Street

It’s no mystery why Ray was such a beloved figure

That’s “Little” Ray Romero on bongo.

The follows appears to be outtakes from the same program.

A beautiful bio of Ray Romero here from https://worldmusiccentral.org/2006/08/19/master-rumbero-little-ray-romero-dies-in-florida/

“During the 40s, Little Ray performed with the legendary Xavier Cugat Ochestra before joining the U.S. Army. After his army tour, he played with Noro … Read more