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Sunday, 07 October 2012, 07:47 PM

More Monterey Jazz Photos from Tom

Eddie Palmieri and José Claussell on timbales - photo by Tom Ehrlich

Tom has a new gallery from the first night of the Monterey Jazz Fest featuring Eddie P., Grégoire Maret, Jack DeJohnette and others.

Rebeca Mauleón's Lecture Series got off to an amazing start with Danilo Lozano, Orestes Vilató, Jesús Díaz and Abe Gamroyan. Incredibly interesting stuff. It continues every Wed. in October.

Martin Cohen is really on a roll, releasing super-high quality videos of New York's growing community of world class Cuban musicians. Iván Llanes, who came with Maraca on drums, turns out to be a great singer as well.

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Thursday, 04 October 2012, 04:29 PM

Orquesta Pomo Medley

Gröna Lund

Orquesta Pomo medley from Gröna Lund

Stockholm Salsa Summer 2012 officially came to an end with a concert by Orquesta Pomo on September 22nd at the last salsa night at Stockholm's amusment park Gröna Lund. Despite the chilly, rainy weather the dancers showed up and the dancefloor was packed. The 13-man band continues to impress with Celia Ferrer and Cristian Guerra on lead vocals and Cristina Pomo and Alexander Saltell on coros. They are tight, well rehearsed and have tailored the show to dancers. Bandleader and pianist Jonas Pomo has written most of the songs, although they do include a couple of covers that are real crowd pleasers.

Orquesta Pomo has put together a 4 minute montage from the concert, and we share it with you for your viewing and listening pleasure. And just when you think it's over, don't close your browser yet because there is a little recording of just the horns from the soundcheck and it is smokin'! You don't want to miss it! For pictures from the concert as well as the latest info on what is happening with the band check out the Orquesta Pomo Facebook page.

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Wednesday, 03 October 2012, 08:27 AM

Changuito Comes to LA!

Also: Arturo Sandoval Tour Begins October 5 at Viper Alley

Legendary percussionist Jose Luis Quintana (aka "Changuito") will be in the Los Angeles, California area from October 6-12 for a combination of classes and performances. including a guest appearance with the Haakon Graf All-Stars at The Baked Potato on Thursday, October 11. For more information including the full schedule, visit the following:
1. In Facebook: Log in to visit the page for   Legendary Master Cuban Percussionist "Changuito" in Los Angeles!
2.  On the Web:

As of this posting, some of the classes have already been filled, and some extra sessions have been added. 
For those of you who are quite young, Changuito is, quite simply,  one of the most important figures in modern Cuban percussion - here's Michelle's short profile.

Reminder: Arturo Sandoval's US Tour begins Friday, October 5 at 8PM at the Viper Alley in Lincolnshire, Illinois.  This comes on the heels of his 5 recent Latin GRAMMY nominations, four of which are for Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You) and one for Tango Como Yo Te Siento.   The following video includes some comments about Dear Diz by Arturo as well as some audio samples from the recording.
Click Here For More Details about the Viper Alley Performance October 5
Click Here For The Complete Tour Schedule

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Tuesday, 02 October 2012, 10:42 PM


Rebeca Mauleón's Series Begins with Orestes Vilató Wednesday Night

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 7:00 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

Rebeca Mauleón has a genius for - among other things - translating Cuban music concepts into simple, entertaining English, so the Bay Area is fired up about her new lecture series on Cuban Music. The first lecture, on mambo, features guest artists Orestes Vilató, Jesús Díaz and others. Later courses will feature Jimmy Branly, El Negro Hernández and a whole cast of other big names. Hopefully the whole 5-lecture series will be filmed and released as a DVD. There will be a new lecture with different guests every Wednesday in October. See you there! [Kevin Moore]

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