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,
The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
Grady Tate began his jazz career as a much-celebrated drummer, backing such icons as Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald, and Quincy Jones. Tate has since traded in his skins for a microphone at center stage, where he delivers smooth and soulful baritone vocals. With pianist John di Martino, Tate sings "Everybody Loves My Baby" and "Where Do You Start."
He was a soulful reedman, an amazing talent scout for decades and a bandleader of one of the country's most popular acts. Born in 1913, Herman led "Thundering Herds" that were both big draws and well-respected by the likes of Igor Stravinsky. Here are five recordings which still sound fresh today.
Hear passionate improvisation across borders on Colombian harp, Argentinian bandoneón, Venezuelan cuatro and vibes from the U.S. In a set with Castañeda, his trio and special guests perform at the Americas Society in New York.
Ever since he started becoming one of the best alto saxophone players in the world, Zenón has drawn from his upbringing in Puerto Rico. But, like many Puerto Ricans, Zenón lives in New York — where his quartet of 10 years has finally been invited to play the Vanguard. It presents new music in concert.