Jazz Caliente http://www.kplu.org en The Rhythm That's A Way Of Living http://www.kplu.org/post/rhythm-thats-way-living-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Compared to American rock and roll, Afro-Cuban music sounds complicated to the point of intimidation. Sure the rhythms make you want to move, but if you stop to think about what's going on, your feet won't know what to do. And that's just the point — some rhythms are better felt than counted off. NPR's </span>Frannie<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Kelley learned how easy they can be to play, once you abandon a central tenet of rock: the one.</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 17359 at http://www.kplu.org The Rhythm That's A Way Of Living It's All About Family For Juan de Marcos And The Afro-Cuban All Stars http://www.kplu.org/post/its-all-about-family-juan-de-marcos-and-afro-cuban-all-stars <p>I had a delightful telephone chat last week with Juan de Marcos, leader of the Afro Cuban All Stars.</p><p>Known as the "Quincy Jones of Cuba," Juan de Marcos comes from a family of musicians.&nbsp; His father was a well-known singer with famed&nbsp;tres player and bandleader Arsenio Rodriguez, and his uncle, Ruben Gonzalez, was one of Cuba's most beloved pianists.&nbsp; Juan grew up with some of the finest Cuban musicians visiting and playing music in his home.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Robin Lloyd 16919 at http://www.kplu.org It's All About Family For Juan de Marcos And The Afro-Cuban All Stars Candido Camero Honored At Jazz Education Network Conference http://www.kplu.org/post/candido-camero-honored-jazz-education-network-conference <p>The Jazz Education Network (JEN) created a new award called&nbsp; "Keepers of the Flame:&nbsp; LeJENds of Latin Jazz." Presented at the annual JEN Conference in January, the award's first recipient was NEA Jazz Master Candido Camero.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Robin Lloyd 13516 at http://www.kplu.org Candido Camero Honored At Jazz Education Network Conference Earshot Jazz Festival Preview: Bill Anschell's Peru Trio http://www.kplu.org/post/earshot-jazz-festival-preview-bill-anschells-peru-trio <p>Pianist, composer, arranger, humorist and world traveler Bill Anschell brings his "Peru Trio" to the <a data-mce-="" href="http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/calendar/eventDetail.asp?eventID=27346&amp;month=10&amp;day=14&amp;year=2013&amp;sxID=&amp;WHEN=">Art of Jazz series </a>at the Seattle Art Museum tonight at 5:30.&nbsp; It's part of the Earshot Jazz Festival.</p><p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Robin Lloyd 10934 at http://www.kplu.org Earshot Jazz Festival Preview: Bill Anschell's Peru Trio This Week's Latin Jazz News http://www.kplu.org/post/weeks-latin-jazz-news <p data-mce-style="text-align: left;" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">&nbsp;Latin jazz flutist<strong> Dave Valentin</strong> suffered a stroke in March 2012, and has been unable to work since then. &nbsp;A <a href="https://tickets.tarrytownmusichall.org/eventperformances.asp?evt=1460">benefit concert</a>&nbsp;will take place tonight, Nov. 7, at the Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, N.Y. &nbsp;The show will help raise funds to pay his medical expenses and basic living needs.</p><p data-mce-style="text-align: left;" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;"> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 19:30:00 +0000 Robin Lloyd 10843 at http://www.kplu.org This Week's Latin Jazz News Earshot Jazz Festival Preview: An Interview with Omar Sosa http://www.kplu.org/post/earshot-jazz-festival-preview-interview-omar-sosa <p>Cuban-born pianist, composer and bandleader Omar Sosa received a lifetime achievement award from the Smithsonian Associates in Washington, DC in 2003 for his contribution to the development of Latin jazz in the United States.&nbsp; His latest CD <em><strong>Eggun </strong></em>(spirit guides) grew from a commission by the Barcelona Jazz Festival in 2009. &nbsp;The idea was to pay tribute to Miles Davis’&nbsp;seminal album, <em>Kind of Blue</em>, on its 50th anniversary.</p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 18:16:58 +0000 Robin Lloyd 10729 at http://www.kplu.org Earshot Jazz Festival Preview: An Interview with Omar Sosa Earshot Jazz Festival Preview: SF Jazz Collective http://www.kplu.org/post/earshot-jazz-festival-preview-sf-jazz-collective <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;"><strong>The SFJAZZ Collective</strong>&nbsp;is an all-star jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today. &nbsp;Launched in 2004,&nbsp;&nbsp;the ensemble annually performs a new list of compositions by a modern jazz master and new pieces by the Collective members.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;"> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:00:00 +0000 Robin Lloyd 10482 at http://www.kplu.org Earshot Jazz Festival Preview: SF Jazz Collective Earshot Jazz Festival Preview: Dafnis Prieto http://www.kplu.org/post/earshot-jazz-festival-preview-dafnis-prieto <p>The Cuban-born drummer/percussionist, bandleader and composer Dafnis Prieto appears at the Earshot Jazz Festival next Thursday, October 17 at the Poncho Concert Hall at Cornish College for the Arts, with his <em>Si o Si </em>Quartet: &nbsp;Peter Apfelbaum (saxophone/melodica/caxixi), Robert Rodriguez (piano) and Johannes Weidenmueller (bass).</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:20:00 +0000 Robin Lloyd 10336 at http://www.kplu.org Earshot Jazz Festival Preview: Dafnis Prieto Remembering Oscar; Celebrating Latin Grammys http://www.kplu.org/post/remembering-oscar-celebrating-latin-grammys <p><strong>Oscar Castro Neves&nbsp; 1940-2013</strong></p><p>A founding figure in the development of Bossa Nova, Brazilian guitarist, composer and arranger Oscar Castro Neves died on September 27.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 18:31:00 +0000 Robin Lloyd 10240 at http://www.kplu.org Remembering Oscar; Celebrating Latin Grammys Latin Jazz at Seattle's Earshot Jazz Festival http://www.kplu.org/post/latin-jazz-seattles-earshot-jazz-festival <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);">For the next few weeks on the Jazz Caliente blog, I'll feature previews of the Latin jazz artists appearing at this year's</span><a data-mce-="" href="http://www.earshot.org/Festival/festival.html" style="color: rgb(60, 43, 182); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);">&nbsp;Earshot Jazz Festival</a>, October 1 through November 17.</p><p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 19:00:00 +0000 Robin Lloyd 10118 at http://www.kplu.org Latin Jazz at Seattle's Earshot Jazz Festival Latin Jazz Birthdays: Turre and Lynch http://www.kplu.org/post/latin-jazz-birthdays-turre-and-lynch <p>Today is the birthday of two outstanding jazz artists who have years of experience in the Latin jazz format:</p><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 19:00:00 +0000 Robin Lloyd 9963 at http://www.kplu.org Latin Jazz Birthdays: Turre and Lynch Local Latin Jazz Lineup http://www.kplu.org/post/local-latin-jazz-lineup <p>Opportunities to hear some wonderful live Latin music are popping up in the area this month, and also at the <a href="http://www.earshot.org/Festival/festival.html" target="_blank">Earshot Jazz Festival</a> in October and November.&nbsp; Here’s a starter list, more will follow in the coming weeks:</p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 19:00:00 +0000 Robin Lloyd 9889 at http://www.kplu.org Local Latin Jazz Lineup Arturo Sandoval to Receive Medal of Freedom http://www.kplu.org/post/arturo-sandoval-receive-medal-freedom <p>Arturo Sandoval will be honored this year with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.&nbsp;</p><p>“The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours,” said President Obama in a statement. “This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world. It will be my honor to present them with a token of our nation’s gratitude.”</p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:00:00 +0000 Robin Lloyd 9796 at http://www.kplu.org Arturo Sandoval to Receive Medal of Freedom Cedar Walton's Latin Tinge http://www.kplu.org/post/cedar-waltons-latin-tinge <p>Pianist and composer Cedar Walton died this week, at the age of 79.</p><p>He was perhaps best known for his years with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1961-1964), where he presented some of his compositions that became jazz standards, like <em>Ugetsu</em> <em>(Fantasy in D), Firm Roots, Bolivia</em> and <em>Mosaic</em>.&nbsp; He also recorded with John Coltrane on the famous <em>Giant Steps</em> album, but his alternate take of the title track was not released until a CD reissue many years later.</p><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 19:00:00 +0000 Robin Lloyd 9705 at http://www.kplu.org Cedar Walton's Latin Tinge Wayne Wallace and the Bay Area Latin Music Scene http://www.kplu.org/post/wayne-wallace-and-bay-area-latin-music-scene <p>Wayne Wallace is a trombonist, a five-time Grammy nominee, a respected proponent of African American-Latin music, and an accomplished arranger, educator, and composer.&nbsp; His playing and recording credits are impressive, too:&nbsp; Pete Escovedo, Santana, Tito Puente, Steve Turre,&nbsp; Max Roach and more.&nbsp; The San Francisco native took some time from his busy schedule last week to talk with me about his latest CD, <em><strong>Latin Jazz-Jazz Latin</strong></em> and an upcoming project.</p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 18:33:00 +0000 Robin Lloyd 9537 at http://www.kplu.org Wayne Wallace and the Bay Area Latin Music Scene