I am a bass player, composer, educator, and writer from the San Francisco Bay Area with a passionate interest in Latin Jazz. I was first introduced to the music of Cuba and Brazil during my undergrad music studies at San Jose State University, and there was no turning back. Since then, I’ve focused my bass playing on a combination of Latin greats such as Israel “Cachao” Lopez and Jazz players like John Patitucci. My composition follows in the footsteps of Latin Jazz legends such as Tito Puente and Chucho Valdes. Academic studies have led me to Wesleyan University where I earned a Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology with a focus on Cuban popular music. I’ve had the privilege to play with great musicians such as Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, Karl Pereza, Mark Levine, and more. I maintain a comprehensive site and blog about Latin Jazz called The Latin Jazz Corner. I am the Music Director at Sir Francis Drake High School, where I run, among other things, a Latin Jazz Big Band. In fact, I’m not sure if there is a moment during the day when I’m not hearing clave in my head.
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HI CHIP, NICE TO MEET YOU. IN BRAZIL WE LOVE ALL JAZZ MUSIC FROM LATIN, COOL, BOP, ETC. BUT IN SOUTH AMERICA IS NOT LIKE USA JAZZ FM STATIONS...24 HOURS SWING SOUNDS...NO, IN BRAZIL ONLY WEEKLY JAZZ RADIO SHOW. I SAY THAT BECAUSE I INTRODUCE TWO HOURS WEEK, EVERY MONDAY TO 21.00 AT WWW.RADIOLESTE345FM.COM.BR THIS SITE IS UNDER RE-PAGE, RIGHT NOW.I KNOW YOU IS INTERESTED IN BRAZILIANS MUSIC.UNHAPPILY, CHIP, JAZZ IN BRAZIL IS NOT SO VISIBLE AS USA COUNTRY.I AM PROUD TO SAY, MY JAZZ RADIO PROGRAM IS THE MOST HEARD IN SOUTH BRAZIL. I LIKE TO MIX STYLES, SOLO WORKS AND R&B SINGERS. SO, CHIP, I WRITE TO YOU IN HOPE GET CD-PROMOTE TO PLAY AT STATION. MY FIRST DESIRE IS TRY FEATURE IN BRAZIL MORE GROOVE, BEAT, IMPROVISED MUSIC. THINK ABOUT. REGARDS. EDSON LUIZ.
hello Chip, how have you been? I am back after 2 weeks off with my kids.
I wanted to ask you if you have already seen the DVD "El Milagro de Candeal" ? I love it. It's with Bebo Valdes & Carlinhos Brown. It's a wonderful musical & cultural journey through latin- cuban- brazilian roots.
I also wanted you to check out a friend of mine, whose name is Antonio Ribeiro (another Brazilian musician !)with his band called Caixa Acustica. You can find him in my top friends on my Myspace.
I hope everything is fine for you & that you are enjoying the summertime.
Blessings from France,
Well, for the last year I have been listening to older recordings... mostly folklore. A new conga player that I really like is Yaroldy Abreu ( Chucho Valdez ). He has been around for a few years now. I have been revisiting Willie Bobo and Alex Acuna's new dvd Rhythm Collector is in my player at the moment. Have you heard Ignacio Berroa's Codes? Older but very good. Duduka Da Fonseca's jazz thing is nice too.
I just finished up recording on a dance track for a Latin Indie artist that includes Percussionist Richie Garcia, Trumpet player Bill Churchville ,Trombone player Arturo Velasco and Drummer Ronnie Ciago and is produced by Byron Fry ( a good guitar player and arrainger ).
Morning Chip ! (9:45 am in France!)
Yes, being a school principal is a very demanding job, but it's not the students that are the most difficult to deal with, but grown-ups lol. I must admit I cannot wait for some vacation, but that will be mid-july only.
Yes, this is Chiemi Nakai & Manu Bizeau that are on Myspace. I know Manu a little & bought the CD. I really like their music a lot. I also have some tracks on TJN. I love "Fragments of Sadness".
There are so many good things to listen to !One life isn't enough, so we must enjoy every little second of it!
Have a very nice day,
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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