Jerry Gonzales, Plena and Puerto Rican history

Jerry Gonzales, the great congero, trumpet player, and band leader.

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We received these marvelous memories of Jerry from subscribers:

I remember a Fort Apache gig in NY at Sweet Basil. I was sitting right up front with my 9-year-old son. A group of young guys came and sat behind us—four of them—I think they were Cubans. They looked at Jerry’s set of five congas and started snickering… five congas? Nobody plays five congas, who is he kidding? And on, and on. Well, by the end of the set, they were whistling, clapping, and shouting the praises of Jerry. They became complete converts and had joined the church of the “Fort Apache Band” with the reverend Jerry González presiding!

– Yves Nazon
Born: Haïti, July 04, 1954


Jerry and Andy González, while with Conjunto Libre, played at my old Café Galería y Teatro – La Tertulia in the East Village, NYC in the late ’70s! Jerry was a consistent innovator, jovial, and a perfectionist when it came to his music! He respected those who respected good music. His live recording with Chano Dominguez, Rumba Pà Jerry, is evidence of how a master conguero transforms a simple tune into a great one! He also displays his ability to teach new musicians how to elaborate on a simple rhythm pattern without losing the original sound. I will always remember him doing what he did best!

– Raùl Cordova
Born: Puerto Rico, May 11, 1947


For a big chunk of time, I was their documentarian, photographer, and friend.

– Tontxi Vazquez
Born: New York City

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Chucho Valdés y Su Combo ft. Amado Borcelá “Guapachá” (1964)

Personnel:

Amado Borcelá “Guapachá” (Voz)
Chucho Valdés (Piano y Director Musical)
Carlos Emilio Morales (Guitarra Eléctrica)
Orlando Lopez “Cachaito” (Bajo)
Julio Vento (Flauta)
Papita Ampudia (Pailas)
Cala (Bongos)

Jazz on the Tube Interview with a Havana musician who lived in this scene

Note: A “milliner” is a hat-maker, not a millionaire.

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 a weekly gig at the San Souci nightclub in Havana and he appeared on Cuba’s pioneering television channel twice a week in the 1950s.

Roy Haynes introduced him to American jazz drumming and gave him his first set of drumsticks.

He performed with his old friend Bebo Valdés when the two of them found themselves in Europe in the early 1960s.

He spent time as the #2 man at Egrem.

He was Dizzy Gillespie’s host when Dizzy visited Havana in 1977.

He introduced Irakere to Columbia Records and toured the world with them as their manager.

He helped save Cuba’s most important jazz club La Zorra y el Cuervo from being turned into a pizzeria.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of Gilberto’s remarkable life.

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– Ken McCarthy
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Cuba Rhythm in Motion

Documentary about the blending of Cuban rhythms and American jazz, filmed in Cuba.

By: Dr. Mike Davison & Ed Tillett Supported by the University of Richmond

– Ken McCarthy
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A Golden Age of music in Havana

Kosa’s Cuban Percussion Summit last weekend was off-the-hook.

I hope everyone who had a chance to participate did.

We’ll be unpacking this one for a long time…maybe a lifetime.

So many gems.

One of the many gems was a guest appearance by Walfredo de los Reyes Sr. who shared the history of this track with us.

The master drummer hipped us to this track and shared his memories of a particularly rich time in Cuban music history, the 1930s to the 1950s.

Here’s the line up and discography info:

Cuban All Stars (A.K.A.) Los Mejores Musicos De Cuba
Album Title: Los Mejores Musicos De Cuba.
GEMA: 1124. Recorded in 1957.
Song Title: Special De Bebo – Descarga.
Author: Bebo Valdez.
Piano: Bebo Valdes.
Trombone: Tojo Gimenez.
Bass: Cachaito.
Tumbadora: Tata Guines.
CUBAN ALL STARS
Bebo Valdes: Piano.
Cachaito: Bass .
Edilberto Scrich: Alto sax.
Emilio Penalver: Tenor Sax.
Negro Vivar: Trumpet.
Osvaldo Penalver: Alto Sax.
Peruchin Justiz: Piano.
Richard Egues: Flute.
Senen Suarez: Electric Guitar.
Tata Guines: Tumbadora.
Tojo Gimenez: Trombone.
Urfe : Bass.
Walfredito De Los Reyes: Bateria.

More about Walfredo Reyes Sr. (with his son Daniel).

– Ken McCarthy
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Streamed live from Havana – June 26-27

What you missed…

I don’t even know how to begin to describe it

Alphabetical order because there is no way to rank these artists though I do list Changuito first which I don’t think any of the artists on the list would disagree with.

Changuito
Yaroldy Abeau
Rondey Barretto
Samuel Formel
Horacia Hernandez
Geraldo Pilota
Enrique Pla
Oliver Valdez

With guests Dr. Olavo Alen Rodriquez and Walfredo Reyes Sr.

Produced by Kosamusic.com

Interview with producer and host Aldo Mazza about this once in a lifetime event

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Bobby Sanabria’s tribute to Cándido Camero

This is a program that student, colleague, and long time supporter Bobby Sanabria created as a tribute to his friend Cándido Camero (1921- 2020)

Originally broadcast on WBGO.org
Support info

Playlist

“Kenya (feat. Candido)”
Bobby Sanabria & Manhattan School Of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra
Kenya Revisited Live! (feat. Candido)
2009 Jazzheads

“Conga Jam”
Candido
Hands of Fire (Manos de Fuego): 60 Years of Cuban Music Exuberance
2010 Latin Jazz Records

“Different Bells”
Billy Taylor
Billy Taylor Trio with Candido
Prestige

“Cheek to Cheek”
Candido Camero
Candido
1956 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

“Perdido”
Candido Camero
Candido
1956 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

“Candido’s Camera”
Candido Camero
Candido
1956 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

“So Beats My Heart for You”
Tony Bennett
The Beat of My Heart
Originally Recorded 1957 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. Originally Released 1957 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. WARNING: All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

“Wild Jungle (2000 Remastered Version)”
Machito
Kenya
2000 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

“Jungoso”
ARTIST:Sonny Rollins
ALBUM:What’s New?
LABEL:℗ 1962, All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

“Conga Soul”
ARTIST:Candido
ALBUM:Conga Soul
LABEL:Roulette

“Take More Candi”
Candido
Snowboy Presents: Afro Cuban Kaleidoscope
This Compilation ℗ 2008 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

“Pinebo (My Story)”
Ellen McIlwaine
Up from the Skies: The Polydor Years
This Compilation ℗ 1998 The Island Def Jam Music Group

“Jimmy Jean”
Ellen McIlwaine
Up from the Skies: The Polydor Years
This Compilation ℗ 1998 The Island Def Jam Music Group

“Busca El Alfiler”
Alfredo Valdes
Pionero Del Son
2007 Cobo Music Inc.

“Wild Jungle (feat. Candido)”
Bobby Sanabria & Manhattan School Of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra
Kenya Revisited Live! (feat. Candido)
2009 Jazzheads

“The Five Year Plan (feat. Kari-B3)”
Benjamin Lapidus
Ochosi Blues (feat. Kari-B3)
2014 Benjamin Lapidus

“Mayeya”
Candido
Hands of Fire (Manos de Fuego): 60 Years of Cuban Music Exuberance
2010 Latin Jazz Records

“Manteca”
Bobby Sanabria Big Band
Afro-Cuban Dream: Live & in Clave!
2006 Arabesque Recordings

“Que Viva Candido!”
Bobby Sanabria Big Band
Multiverse
2012 Jazzheads, Inc.

– Ken McCarthy
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