Salsa Meets Jazz – Finale – Preciosa

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Rachel Kara Pérez sings “Preciosa” with Bobby Sanabria’s Muliverse Big Band.

Composed in 1932 in Mexico by the Puerto Rican composer Rafael Hernández Marín, the same year he wrote “Lamento Borincano.”

Excerpt:

Precious, you are called by the Bards
who sing your history.
It doesn’t matter that … Read more

Salsa Meets Jazz – Part 8 – Candido

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Cándido de Guerra Camero was born April 21, 1921 in Havana, Cuba, which makes him 96 and half years old (and one day) on the day of this recording.

Cándido is the most recorded conga player in the history of jazz having appeared on well over 1,000 … Read more

A Parranda Merry Christmas from the South Bronx

New Orleans isn’t the only place that has “second lines.”

Parades with music and community participation are part of Puerto Rican culture too.

It’s called a “parranda” or in this case a “parranda navideña” and like “plena” to which it’s related it’s a tradition that’s alive and well.

In the video above a group sponsored by the Bronx Music … Read more

Salsa Meets Jazz – Part Seven “La Cartera”

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Composition “La Cartera” by Arsenio Rodriguez

Featuring Gerardo Contino (vocals), Larry Harlow (piano), Eddie Montalvo (congas), and Gabrielle Garo (flute) with Bobby Sanabria’s Multiverse Big Band live at Le Poisson Rouge. 

Video production and post production services contributed by Jazz on the Tube and Guava … Read more

Salsa Meets Jazz – Part Six

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“El Cumbanchero” was composed by Rafael Hernández Marín, born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico in 1892. He was a member of the “The Harlem Hell Fighters” which fought with such distinction during World War I.

He was recruited along with his brother Jesus by James Reese Europe. He … Read more

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