Steve Coleman and M-Base.com

Interview


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M-Base.com

More information about Steve Coleman is available at M-Base.com including a detailed biography, upcoming gigs and projects, music (which you can download for free), scores, essays and interviews.

Steve’s essay on Charlie Parker is must reading.

M-Base.net

You can register here for free at m-base.net and watch the trailer for the film “Elements of One” that Steve and I talked about.

The complete film is also available for online streaming from the site for $18.00 and is well worth it.

Mongo Mangue, the piece Steve and I discussed in the interview that features Charlie Parker playing with Machito and his Afro-Cubans

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Sacred music spaces in Western Cuba

Sacred music spaces in Western Cuba

In January, March, and November of 2016, musician, musicologist, and author of “Cuba and its Music” Ned Sublette took groups to Cuba for intensive ten day in depth music tours.

It was billed as a road trip to sacred spaces in Western Cuba.

Attendees included musicians, producers, musicologists, scholars and others interested in Cuba’s culture, music and history.

I was on the March 2016 trip.

It’s possible that someone could have arranged an equivalent trip, but I don’t know how.

Drawing on his own three decades plus of experience and study in Cuba and working in collaboration with the Cuban music wizard-goddess Cary Diez, Ned arranged at least two different performances for us every day – in Havana, in Matanzas and many places west.

For those who didn’t make one of the trips, Ned’s produced a program with highlights for his long term colleagues at Afropop Worldwide.

The program features Congo, Abakuá, Yoruba, and Arará music of Cuba, as well as rumba, recorded live by Los Güiros de San Cristóbal (Regla); Ta Makuende Yaya (Quiebra Hacha); Grupo Tambores Yuka (Viñales); Afro Cuba de Matanzas, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, and Rumba Timba (Matanzas); Omo Layé and Iyawaré Ochún (Colón); and Ojundegara (Jovellanos).

Amazingly, what appears in this hour long program is only the tip of the iceberg.

For example, there’s no mention of our visits to smoking hot jazz clubs or the magical evening we spent with the danzon orchestra El Piquete Tipico Cubano.

You’d be hard pressed to find all this music in the bin of even the most enlightened record shop in the U.S. or Cuba, let alone hear it live in the intimate settings Ned arranged.

Enjoy!

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Direct flights to Havana coming to an airport near you

Direct flights to Havana coming to an airport near you

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The date is July 7, 2016.

History is being made.

For the first time in decades. the US Department of Transportation is permitting direct consumer flights to Havana.

The government of Cuba has not yet given the approvals on its end and the start dates are not even on the drawing board yet, but this is a very important step for making Cuba easily accessible to music lovers.

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US flights to Cuba: It’s on!

US flights to Cuba: It’s on!

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It’s kind of hard to get somewhere where there are no scheduled flights.

Charter flights to Cuba have existed for a while, but as anyone who has used them knows, the process is kind of a pain and expensive ($500 for the hour long flight from Miami.)

Now six US airlines have been approved by the Department of Transportation for up to 155 round trip flights per week. They’ll fly from five U.S. cities to nine cities in Cuba other than Havana.

The airlines are: American, Frontier, JetBlue, Silver Airways, Southwest and Sun Country.

US airports involved: Miami, Chicago, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Cuban airports involved: Camaguey, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Cienfuegos, Holguin, Manzanillo, Matanzas, Santa Clara and Santiago de Cuba.

(The richest prize – routes to Havana – is expected to be announced this later summer.)

Service may start as early as this fall and early winter, just in time for winter tourist season.

The Cuban government still has to sign off on the details of the plan, but the general principle of direct flights from the US has already been agreed to by the two governments.

Cuba here we come!

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Interview with Matt Geraghty of Trade Winds

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Interview


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How is this for a cool project?

New York-based composer and bassist Matt Geraghty, Brazilian producer and saxophonist Zé Luis, and filmmaker/director Laura Newman are visiting major music hubs on the old trade routes – New York, New Orleans, San Juan, Cuba (and soon Brazil and West Africa) – to document and make music with local musicians.

They arrive in a place and create 21 bands in 21 days being guided by the local musicians themselves.

Their most recent project was 21 days in Cuba.

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Day Six – Serendipity in the neighborhood 
 

Trade Winds Cuba – Day 21

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Back from Cuba

Back from Cuba

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We got back from Cuba on Sunday.

We were literally flying north as President Obama was flying south.

The trip exceeded even my wildest expectations and that’s because Ned Sublette was running the show. I can’t imagine a richer introduction to the country and its music.

Thanks to Ned, in ten days we were plugged into the Cuban music scene in ways that would have taken us a decade or two if we’d tried to do it on our own.

I’m going to have to go back and shoot some real video, but in the meantime, here are some short clips at the bottom of this page to give you a taste of some of what we experienced.

Havana Jazz Clubs

We’ve also added Havana to our featured list of jazz clubs on the blog.

Does Havana have a lot of jazz clubs?

No.

Are the ones they do have worth visiting?

YES!

The talent is sky high and there’s a lot of it. It would take weeks of going out every night just to scratch the surface.

Obviously, for Latin Jazz fans, Havana is heaven on earth, but the musicians there are taking the music in all directions at a very high level.

http://www.jazzonthetube.com/jazz-clubs/havana/

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