The most important jazz musician whoever lived?

That’s a tough call.

But I know who belongs on the short list.

Bebop pioneer and a man who built bridges between the great Afro-American and Afro-Caribbean musical traditions.

A full hour of music (no video)

A playlist assembled by the “Only Jazz and Blues” YouTube channel.


1. Tin Tin Deo
2. Alone Together
3. Manteca
4. Ooh-Shoo-Be-Doo-Bee
5. Groovin´ High
6. Birk’s Works
7. School Days
8. I Can’t Get Started
9. They Can’t Take That Awa From Me
10. There Is No Greater Love
11. Lady Be Good.
12. The Mooche

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

Africa meets Cuba
The cats in Havana - 1977

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