John Santos and the drum

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A excerpt of a talk and demonstration by John Santos presented at the National Museum of American History by the Smithsonian Latino Center for Jazz Appreciation Month. (To see the entire talk (well worthwhile!) search YouTube for “Latin Jazz Percussion Workshop with John Santos at the National … Read more

Salsa Meet Jazz – Part Four

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“Caravan”, the jazz standard composed by the Puerto Rican composer Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington, was first performed by the Ellington Orchestra in 1936.

This one-of-a-kind version starts off with Matthew Gonzalez on the pandereta, the frame drum from Puerto Rico used in plena.

Then National Endowment … Read more

Salsa Meets Jazz for Puerto Rico – All the clips

The most up-to-date list of video excerpts from one of the greatest summits of salsa and jazz legends ever assembled on one stage at one time.

Will this entire concert ever be released as a video? Yes, if an angel steps forward to underwrite the post-production work. Meanwhile, please support Puerto Rico in this time of great need. Thanks. … Read more

Salsa Meets Jazz – Part Three

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Born in East Harlem in 1947, Felipe Luciano was a member of the Original Last Poets and a co-founder of the Young Lords.

As reporter for NBC, he became the first Puerto Rican news anchor of a major media network station in the United States where he … Read more

Salsa Meets Jazz – Part Two

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When American jazz “refugees” washed up on the shore on Havana in 1977 (the first jazz musicians to visit the Island since 1961) they included:

Dizzy Gillespie…Stan Getz…Ray Mantilla…Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines…

…And the featured artist on this clip David Amram, the “ever hopeful” composer and jazzman celebrating … Read more

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