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April 7, 2020

In the 90s when composer/guitarists like Ottmar Liebert and Armik were blazing their lilting yet fiery trails in Nouveau Flamenco music, the phrase seemed like a clever way to epitomize the growing genre. Had those who coined it seen further into the future and realize...

March 25, 2020

Had versatile Brazilian drummer emerged from his vast decades long resume as a sideman with his majestic and melodically sweeping, rhythmically expansive debut Vision for Rhythm in 2016, it would have been a wondrous mood-setter for the Rio Olympics. But no matter, the...

February 8, 2020

Latin jazz fans who like wild and colorful melodic, harmonic and rhythmic surprises in their ensembles might not need to know the history behind the freewheeling, constantly punch-packing gathering Calle Loiza Jazz Project to fully engage and enjoy. Yet a little insigh...

December 4, 2019

If the only way you’ve ever experienced legendary poet T.S. Elliot’s verses set to music is “Cats,” allow the beautiful, Astrud Gilberto styled Hungarian jazz singer Rozina Patkai take you into the darker, haunting realms with her ambient and hypnotic musical adaptatio...

December 4, 2019

From the get go on her latest, perfectly titled album Stronger Now, pianist/composer Carol Albert takes us on a soaring, optimistic journey reflective of the own spiritual/emotional breakthroughs she has made in the wake of great personal loss. She sets the gorgeous, s...

December 4, 2019

Throughout his illustrious career as a sideman, veteran percussionist amped up the grooves behind everyone from The Manhattan Transfer and Aretha Franklin to Tania Maria. Yet the release of his multi-dimensional musical experience Latin Lounge – much too rhythmically e...

November 27, 2019

Closing in on a fascinating quarter century as a multi-faceted recording artist, Costa Rican born, California based drummer, percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and orchestrator Luis

Muñoz joins forces with the exquisite Guyanese vocalist Lois Mahal...

September 27, 2019

With the release of her intimate, tenderly inviting and exquisitely produced and arranged debut album A Moment of You, emerging Brazilian vocalist Daniela Soledade adds a wonderful fresh chapter to important legacy that harkens back to the birth and development of boss...

August 27, 2019

Coinciding with the 25th Anniversary of Pink Martini – a multi-cultural, wildly eclectic global music sensation that must be heard and seen live to be fully appreciated – the Hollywood Bowl fashioned the perfect, fun-filled late summer party weekend. From August 23-25,...

August 20, 2019

Having attended the Hollywood Bowl’s annual Smooth Summer Jazz extravaganza/evening mini-fest numerous times, I knew there was a ton of fun filled, grooving magic in store – yet as the shuttle bus inched its way up the hill towards the Main Plaza dropoff, my frazzled L...

August 19, 2019

With the release of Carousel, an adventurous, often dazzlingly exotic collection fusing the many musical loves of Ray Obiedo’s life (pop, jazz, R&B, Afro-Cuban, Latin/Brazilian), the renowned Bay Area guitarist celebrates 30 years as a solo recording artist.

His wide-ra...

August 16, 2019

Twenty years after titling his debut contemporary jazz album Boundless, pianist, keyboardist and composer Scott Wilkie continues to push limits, deepen his artistry, expand his repertoire, and in the case of his latest masterwork Brasil, pursue long simmering passion p...

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