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

Three gems

One of these videos fell into 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 … Read more

The kids from ENA

ENA is Cuba’s secondary school conservatory.

Thanks to the dedication of Camilo Moriera, a new generation of Cuban musicians is being introduced to jazz.

The tune arranged and conducted by Camilo is a Cuban classic “Son de la Loma.” It translates “They’re from the hills”

Makes me homesick.

We’ve featured Camilo’s work on these pages.

Camilo’s Jazz on the … Read more

Mamady Keïta

We talk about Afro-Cuban music so we thought for a change of pace we’d play some music from the continent of Africa itself.

The artist is Mamady Keïta (b. 1950) who is from the West African nation of Guinea which is southeast of Senegal and Gambia and southwest of Mali, a real cultural sweet spot on the earth. He’s a … Read more

Tito can dance!

In case you ever wondered, Tito Puente can dance!

Tito at the at Latin NY Music Awards at the Beacon Theater in the 1970s.

The video is a little rough in places and the audio gets very low half way through, but the dancing just gets better!

And the music is smoking hot.

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube… Read more