Latin Jazz is my musical passion. I have talents as a PRODUCER, VIDEOGRAPHER, PHOTOGRAPHER, ARTIST, GRAPHICS DESIGNER, MUSIC EDUCATOR AND MUSICIAN and a down-to-earth, spiritual focus to the heavens good gal., but my project now is my PASSAGE IN TIME my cd project: PASAJE - "FROM THERE TO HERE" - As artist, musician, multimedia performance artist and long time music educator, I have worked with and taught from babies to adults for 25 years, as a choir conductor, kodaly instructor, music educator and producer of multimedia extravaganzas. I lived in Los Angeles for many years and was inspired by GARY CARDILE to play congas and also took up the vibraphone. Starting my musician's life as a conga player, I quickly evolved to timbales, drum set and percussion. In 1972 met and studied with Mongo Santamaria, who told me to pack my bags and go to Cuba. Finally, after music college, I moved back to Los Angeles to study at D*** Grove Music Workshops. Piano, composition, arranging, orchestration, improvisation, film scoring, the whole nine yards and played around Los Angeles at that time as a conga player. Mallets became my main focus.
I made connections with many great Cuban musician, including LOS MUNEQUITOS DE MATANZAS, CHUCHO VALDEZ, RICHARD EQUES, and CHANQUITO. To be acknowledged by and play with Chanquito was a great uplift to my progress. Through Jane Bunnett I met HILARIO DURAN, who has produced and played on two songs for me. The Cuba fever had hit Vancouver and Toronto, and the voice of Mongo still range in my head, ("You need to go to Cuba"). You guessed it...finally made my way to Havanna, three times, and met ROBERTO CONCEPCION, the amazing professor of mallet instruments and teacher of many, many Cuban musicians. I met my mentor...and his inspiration and instant belief in me, led me to express who I was and record my first cd.
PASAJE continues to bring together exciting musicians to create a rich fabric of sound influenced by Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Afro-American roots. PASSAGE IN TIME is this year's tapestry woven with the fibres of Funk, Jazz, Latin, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music and unfolds a fusion of powerful, uplifting compositions that celebrate our inherent need to dance.
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Their current ideas are driven by the genius of musicians like Juan Formell y Van Van, David Calzado y Charanga Habanera, Paulito F. G. , Gilraldo Barretto of Klimax, leaders in the "Nuevo Salsa" in Cuba. Their influences are diverse from Cuban, Brazilian, African and American Jazz artists. The group features Vibraphonist Haneefa Karrim and includes Bass, Percussion and Congas, Timbales, Piano and horns.
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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!!
Pianist and singer Barbara Carroll was host Marian McPartland's second guest during the first season of Piano Jazz. Thirty years later, Carroll makes a return appearance to reminisce with her friend about their experiences at the Hickory House and the Oak Room. Carroll gives a charming performance of "Very Early" and McPartland improvises a musical portrait of her guest.
The great composer and bandleader was distraught over the 1967 death of Billy Strayhorn, his songwriting and arranging partner of 28 years. But Ellington took Strayhorn's passing as an impetus, born of necessity, to increase his own productivity. Here are five examples.
At the Village Vanguard, one flight down from the hubbub of New York City, in a tight space packed with people, we're about to embark on a musical odyssey by sea. Our captain is saxophonist Chris Potter, who's launching his Odyssey-inspired album The Sirens.
Divine: The Jazz Albums, 1954-1958 packs four CDs with Vaughan's music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small. Two live albums from Chicago nightclubs are standouts, partly when a performance threatens to slide off the rails.