Bobby Sanabria, Latin Jazz and Our Beloved Bronx

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I say OUR beloved Bronx because the Bronx is a cultural treasure that all Americans can be proud of.

In this wide ranging and fascinating conversation, Bobby Sanabria talks about the state of jazz education, the historic and ongoing contribution to jazz by Latin music and musicians, and the history of the Bronx, one … Read more

Horns to Havana in New Orleans – January 2017

New Orleans and Havana have a long history together.

For a while (1762 to 1802) when Louisiana (“Luisiana” in Spanish) was a Spanish holding, New Orleans was administered by Havana and the Spanish left behind many beautiful buildings.

Much of the French Quarter was actually built by the Cubans after a catastrophic fire destroyed most of the old city in … Read more

The Cuban adventures of Steve Coleman

Steve Coleman in Matanzas (2017) with members of Rumba Timba. The group is made up of some of the younger members of Los Muñequitos de Matanzas. Luis Cancino Morales on the bells.

2016 marked Steve Coleman’s 20th year of exploring and playing in Cuba.

It all started with Coleman’s interest in the philosophical underpinnings of music and how complex … Read more

Cuba comes to the New Orleans Jazz Fest 2017

It’s billed as “the largest celebration of Cuban culture in the U.S. since the 1950’s” – and it may well be true.

This year’s New Orleans Jazz Fest will include over 150 Cuban musicians, artists and craftsman, a large number of whom will be visiting the United States for the very first time.

Events will be at the Cultural Exchange … Read more

Pete Seeger and Guantanamera

Filmed at Live at Wolf Trap in Virginia on August 8, 1993.

Everyone knows at least one Cuban song: “Guantanamera”


Because it’s beautiful – and because Pete Seeger worked so hard to put it on the global music map.

Seeger learned the song in 1962 from a Cuban musician named Hector Angulo from Santa Clara, Cuba who was working … Read more