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miércoles, 20 abril 2022, 11:03 am

We Mourn José Luis Cortés "El Tosco"


José Luis Cortés "El Tosco"José Luis Cortés "El Tosco" - Stockholm 2002

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It seems that the bad news just keeps coming. Monday the 18th of April, 2022, the terrible news arrived that José Luis Cortés "El Tosco", flautist extraordinaire and leader of NG La Banda, had passed away from a hemmorhagic stroke. Exactly four month earlier, December 18th, José Crego "El Greco" died and on January 26, 2022 Elpidio Chappotin. Both formed part of NG La Banda's Metales de Terror. The 2020s have truly been anni horribiles for Cuban music.

El Tosco was a graduate of the Escuela Nacional de Arte as a flautist. After graduation, he worked with Los Van Van, including composing and arranging before moving on to Irakére, where he spent the better part of the 1980s. In 1988 he founded NG La Banda, which is credited with being the first true timba band, and the rest is history. A quick search at YouTube will give a you a variety of video evidence of El Tosco's dominance of everything from classical music, to jazz to música popular bailable. I recommend a deep dive into the available videos.

I am not Kevin or Bill, so I can't give you a musician's breakdown of El Tosco's importance to the development of Timba and his influence on all the bands that came after. For more on that, you can check out Kevin's articles on NG La Banda and stay tuned for Bill's radio tribute.

My experience with El Tosco is as a music fan and a dancer. My first time seeing NG La Banda was in Stockholm in 2002. After serving up an amazing night of dance music, including hits such as Santa Palabra, La Bruja, and Picadilla de Soya, El Tosco took the band and the entire audience out into the Swedish summer night at 1:00am dancing and playing conga. We got many a nasty look from the apartment windows as we danced down the street to the sound of trumpets, but it was an unforgettable experience and very un-Swedish.

Swedes dancing conga in the streets 2002

I saw them again at Casa de La Música Miramar in 2004, where I went to present El Tosco with the award for best horn section. He was not exactly fond of at the time, because Kevin had said he must be crazy to use sampled bass after Feliciano Arango left. So was on his website non grata list, but despite his rough reputation, he was polite to me.

José Luis Cortés "El Tosco"

The sudden loss of so large a figure from the world of Timba and Cuban music weighs heavily on so many of us. But today we have the opportunity to say goodbye to El Tosco with the online concert that will be shown at 4:30pm Havana time on the Facebook page of Instituto Cubano de la Música, the YouTube channel of the Ministerio de Cultura de Cuba  and on Radio Progresso. Click the image above to go to the facebook page with more information. May El Tosco now take his place beside the other greats of Cuban music in that great jam session in the sky. ¡Ataca Chicho!

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lunes, 07 marzo 2022, 04:59 pm

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque Photo Gallery @ The Jazz Kitchen

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque galería de fotos @ The Jazz Kitchen

ENGLISH: Jane Bunnett & Maqueque gave an excellent performance at The Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 5.  You can view a photo gallery and commentary here. 
ESPAÑOL:  Jane Bunnett & Maqueque dió un excelente concierto en The Jazz Kitchen en Indianapolis, Indiana el 5 de marzo.  Puede ver una galería de fotos y comentarios aquí. 

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sábado, 05 marzo 2022, 11:54 am

Pedrito Martínez & Alfredo Rodríguez!

At Stanford's Bing Auditorium on Friday March 11th

And Tonight, March 5th, in Miami

Finally ... live music returns to the world! They play tonight in Miami.

Click here for full details of the Stanford show and here for all of Pedrito's upcoming shows. Here are some of Tom Ehrlich's photos from other performances:

                                                   Kuumbwa Jazz Center - 2019

St. Louis - 2017 (debut performance of the duo)

St. Louis - 2017

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lunes, 28 febrero 2022, 07:20 pm

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque US Tour

n a hopeful sign that perhaps the fog of COVID is beginning to lift from the Cuban music tour scene, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque have commenced their US tour.  This group of virtuosos is always enjoyable.   The tour website, where you can find links for tickets, is here. 


February 25 - Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Philadelphia

February 26 - Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Philadelphia

February 27 - Unity Church, Charlottesville

March 3 - Epiphany Centre, Chicago

March 4 - Epiphany Centre - Chicago

March 5 - The Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis

March 10 - Jimmy’s, Portsmouth

March 11 - Scullers, Boston

March 12 - The Side Door, Old Lyme

March 15 - Birdland, New York City

March 16 - Birdland, New York City

March 17 - Birdland, New York City

March 18 - Birdland, New York City

March 19 - Birdland, New York City

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