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11:33 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Wayne Wallace and the Bay Area Latin Music Scene

Wayne Wallace
David Belove

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.  His playing and recording credits are impressive, too:  Pete Escovedo, Santana, Tito Puente, Steve Turre,  Max Roach and more.  The San Francisco native took some time from his busy schedule last week to talk with me about his latest CD, Latin Jazz-Jazz Latin and an upcoming project.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Another Maestro Passes: Steve Berrios 1945-2013

Steve Berrios plays timbales at Seattle's Jazz Alley, 2012
Johan Broberg

Master drummer and percussionist Steve Berrios died last week at age 68. He leaves a legacy of inspirational jazz and Latin music, and a large number of devoted friends who call him their musical father.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Mambo Madness with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Atael Weissman Latin Jazz Network

This Sunday, July 28, the award-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra presents a dance concert in the Sculpture Garden of the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Live Latin Jazz and Dance Music This Week and Next

The Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band
Centrum Foundation

Grammy Award winner and Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement honoree Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band return to Seattle's Jazz Alley tonight through Sunday, July 21. 

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

The misunderstood drum

Conga drums
ehow.com

The Name

What North Americans call conga drums are actually "tumbadoras." 

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Where are the high honors for America's Latin Jazz artists?

Paquito D' Rivera, NEA Jazz Master and National Medal of Arts honoree
Lane Pederson

Looking over the list of the recently announced 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters prompted me to search through the history of the awards for any Latin Jazz artists who have been so honored.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Historical Latin jazz in book, CD compilation

Cover of Basilio Serrano's book about Juan Tizol
latinjazznet.com

Puerto Rican-born valve trombonist Juan Tizol was a major force in Duke Ellington's orchestra.  With his classical training, an ability to transpose on the spot, skills as a copyist, sight-reader, proofreader of scores and as a composer, he was indispensable to the band.  

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KPLU Studio Sessions
2:40 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Carlos Cascante y su Tumbao: Jazz Caliente ... Live!

Carlos Cascante y su Tumbao performing live in the KPLU Seattle studios on May 30, 2013.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Every Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. KPLU jazz host, Robin Lloyd, presents a feature called Jazz Caleinte—a set of three Latin jazz songs that are embellished by Robin’s comments and insights into all forms of Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz.

Recently Robin hosted her first live Jazz Caliente session with vocalist, Carlos Cascante, and his band, Tumbao.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Hilton Ruiz tribute, Arsenio Rodriguez honored

Hilton Ruiz
youtube.com

Latin Jazz pianist Hilton Ruiz died in New Orleans in 2006 from unexplained injuries.  He left behind an unfinished musical project that was to have benefited Hurricane Katrina victims.

Marco Matute has launched a PledgeMusic project that will produce the CD that Hilton intended, along with a documentary film about Hilton Ruiz.  Here's a preview of the film.  And here's some of Hilton's music:

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Two new Latin Jazz recordings to anticipate!

Gonzalo Rubalcaba
wikipedia

To be released this spring (date TBD): Gonzalo Rubalcaba's Volcan

This band is comprised of musical masters, experienced bandleaders and good friends:  Jose Armando Gola-bass, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez-drums, Giovanni  Hidalgo-congas and Gonzalo Rubalcaba-piano.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Local Latin Jazz Forecast

Lary Barilleau and the Latin Jazz Collective
Kathleen Gillette

Two upcoming not-to-be missed performances of Latin jazz, Seattle-style:

Thursday May 16 (tonight)  Tula's, 2214 Second Avenue  Fred Hoadley's Sonando

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Jazz Caliente
4:55 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Jazz Caliente salutes 2013 JJA winners

Edmar Castaneda
wikipedia

The Jazz Journalists annual awards for musicians were announced yesterday, May 1.  

Jazz Caliente celebrates Latin Jazz winners Luciana Souza (Best Female Vocalists), Bobby Sanabria (Best Percussionist), and Edmar Casteneda (Player of Instruments Rare in Jazz of the Year).

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Jazz and Blues
12:00 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Jazz Caliente celebrates Jazz April, part 2

Mario Bauza 1911-1993
goldstar.com

Jazz April birthday celebrations continue on Jazz Caliente!

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Jazz Caliente celebrates Jazz April

Tito Puente 1923-2000
chipboaz.com

We've been celebrating Jazz April (Jazz Appreciation Month + International Jazz Day April 30) by posting birthday remembrances of the legendary jazz artists who were born this month.

Latin Jazz innovators, percussionists and bandleaders are well-represented in April too: 

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Cuban guitar master Manuel Galbán's music lives on

Manuel Galbán 1931-2011
(Credit: Alejandro Perez/HiRes)

Ry Cooder called him a "guitar wizard."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times wrote in 2003:  “Mr. Galbán was one of the wonders of Cuban music in the 1960s.  His playing pulled together two almost contradictory approaches: the floating reverb of surf guitar and the percussive, snapping sound of the tres, the small guitar that’s a fulcrum between rhythm and melody in Cuban son groups.”

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