Robin Lloyd

Midday Jazz Host

Robin Lloyd was born and raised in the Detroit area. She performed radio plays in junior high and high school, took various radio apprenticeships in high school and college, and has held a number of different positions at community and public radio stations in Michigan and Western Washington, including Jazz and Blues Host, Producer, Production Manager, Station Operations Manager and Program Director. Robin is married to drummer Michael Slivka; together they manage a household full of dogs, cats and percussion.

Her most memorable KPLU moment: dancing with the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians on stage at Jazz Alley on my birthday.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

NEA Jazz Master, Eddie Palmieri

Eddie Palmieri
Juan Cruz eddiepalmierimusic.com

Pianist, composer and bandleader Eddie Palmieri will be one of four National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters honored this year on Monday January 14 at Lincoln Center.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

More of 2012's Best Latin Jazz

Bobby Sanabria's Multiverse gets my vote for hippest album cover of 2012
Bobby Sanabria

The nominees for Best Latin Jazz Recording for the Grammy Awards in 2013 have been announced, and the winners of the Latin Grammys have already been awarded.

This is the best of the rest, the Latin Jazz that you might have missed this year, and there are some stellar performances here.  With gratitude to Latin Jazz Network and Latin Jazz Corner, let me encourage you to explore some of the lesser-known and newer artists of Latin Jazz.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

A Latin Jazz New Year's Eve

Pete Escovedo
salsamundi.com

There's nothing quite like a Latin Jazz celebration of any occasion.  It's the ultimate party music!  If you're in Seattle, WA or in Oakland, CA, you can spend New Year's Eve with one of the masters of the Latin groove:

Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band at Jazz Alley, Seattle

Multiple Grammy award winner, and this year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Latin Grammys, Poncho and his band mix jazz, latin and soul for a tasty and dance-able feast.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

A Cuban Christmas

The music of Cuban Christmas past

Christmas Eve is celebrated in Cuba, not Christmas Day.  

It's called Noche Buena, and it includes food, music, dancing and gatherings.

A traditional Cuban Noche Buena feast consists of plenty of roast pig (yes, a whole one), black beans and rice, fried plantains and yucca with garlic.  To wash it all down:  mojitos, cuba libres, or a sidra (sparkling hard cider).  Desserts include rice pudding and rum cake.  I can feel the food coma starting already.

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Jazz Caliente
12:20 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Grammy Nominees for Best Latin Jazz Album

Luciana Souza and Romero Lubambo
Dani Gurgel

This year's Grammy Awards will see the reinstatement of the Latin Jazz category that was deleted in the recent "consolidation" of ethnic music categories by the Recording Academy.

Nominated for 2013 Best Latin Jazz Album:

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Jazz Caliente
12:40 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Cal Tjader, master of Latin vibes

Cal Tjader
Verve Records

One of the most appealing Latin Jazz/Pop crossover artists was vibraphonist Cal Tjader (chay-der).

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Cuba's influence on New Orleans music

Havana Vieja at night
Gabriel Rodríguez

It's been said that Cuba and New Orleans are more than musical cousins; they are more like twins and equally responsible for much of what we call jazz.  And I've often heard New Orleans described by its multi-cultural natives as being not a Southern city, but a Caribbean city.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Latin Jazz nominees for tonight's Latin Grammy Awards

Tania Maria
Bruno Bollaert, volume12

The 13th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will  air live  in the United States on the Univision Network  from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central) tonight.

Here are the nominiees for the Best Latin Jazz Album:

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

The sad and mysterious death of Hilton Ruiz

Hilton Ruiz
Washington DC Jazz Network

The talented and versatile Latin jazz and be-bop pianist Hilton Ruiz died in June of 2006 in New Orleans.  He'd gone there to make a video to accompany a CD he'd recorded, a tribute to and benefit for the recently flooded and hurricane-ravaged city. 

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Timbales provide the beat for Cuban dances

Bobby Sanabria on timbales
TOM EHRLICH © 2008

The drums known as timbales are yet another example of the uniquely Cuban inclination to mix European instrumentation with African rhythms.  Timbales fuel Cuban dances like the Danzón and the Mambo, and are widely used in Salsa music, Latin jazz and rock.

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Jazz Caliente
12:01 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Two prominent women in Latin Jazz

Jane Bunnett
taringa.net

Recognition for female instrumentalists in Jazz is rare enough, and it's even tougher for women in Latin Jazz. Most Latin cultures are still, shall we say, a bit chauvinistic.

Here are two women who have overcome cultural and other barriers to follow their dreams of creating music:

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Three noteworthy Latin music documentaries

Musician Francisco Aguabella in 2011.
Lori Shepler Los Angeles Times

In my never-ending quest to learn as much as possible about the music I love, I often run across interesting books and movies that I'll occasionally share with you on Jazz Caliente.

While not specifically Latin jazz, these movies caught my eye recently, and each provides some insight into various Afro-Cuban music styles:

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Jazz Caliente
12:47 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Legends of Latin Jazz come to Seattle and Tacoma

Candido Camero in concert 2008
Wikipedia

Mark your calendar for some great live Latin Jazz in October and November!

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Here's a rundown of the Latin Grammy Awards

Poncho Sanchez
Jeff Croft

Conguero and bandleader Poncho Sanchez will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Recording Academy (Latin Grammys) in November.  Poncho's collaboration with trumpeter Terence Blanchard Chano y Dizzy is also nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Clave is key in Latin jazz

Clave (klah-vay) is the basic defining rhythm of Latin Jazz and other types of African, Cuban,  South American and even Australian Aboriginal music.  The claves are wooden sticks used to produce the rhythm.

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