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Latin Music Shines at the 2013 San Jose Jazz Festival
Focus on Latin Jazz & Salsa
24th Annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest
Friday, August 9 - Sunday, August 11, 2013
Plaza de César Chavez Park, Downtown San Jose, CA
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The 24th annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest is the hottest event of the summer featuring a stellar lineup of international stars, emerging artists and regional favorites. You’ll enjoy more than 100 bands on 11 stages playing jazz, salsa, Latin, blues, R&B, New Orleans and more. It’s the biggest live music event in Silicon Valley—the perfect summer experience with tasty food, wine and microbrews; jazz for kids and after hours events for the grownups.
Focus On Latin Jazz & Salsa
Every year, San Jose Jazz Summer Fest features more Latin jazz and salsa than any other festival in the West. In 2013 they’ve expanded their roster of Latin artists, presenting them on stages throughout the festival. Highlights include two performances by Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra; MacArthur “genius” grant recipient Dafnis Prieto, who performs a set that is 100% improvised; Transcendental Ensemble, which brings its take on the fiery street music of Bahia, direct from Brazil; Colombia’s Audiotrópico which delivers an authentic Latin sound carefully built atop influences of jazz, electronica and funk; Saxophonist Yosvany Terry, who merges sounds of his Cuban homeland with contemporary currents he found in the New York jazz scene; and the great John Santos Sextet presiding over our Latin jazz jam that you can take part in.
The ambitious lineup on this year’s Kaiser Permanente Salsa Stage will transport you to three major centers of salsa culture. On Friday, you’ll experience the sounds of New York played by the Josh Jones Ensemble performing a tribute to Ray Baretto and Louis Romero’s Mazacote playing NYC-style salsa dura. Saturday, it’s Puerto Rico—highlights include Edgardo & Candela performing with the great Cuban timbalero Calixto Oviedo and Orquesta Saboricua, playing Puerto Rican-influenced New York salsa. Saturday headliner Ricardo Lemvo takes salsa global by combining the classic sound with pan-African styles. On Sunday we travel to Cuba, birthplace of son, rumba and the contemporary timba, with the award-winning Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco. Closing the day is Cuba’s greatest dance band, Wil Campa Y Su Gran Union, the salsa stage’s biggest hit at last year’s Fest. While the styles may differ, every band plays exciting, danceable music, so get out there!
Single Day: $20; Weekend Pass through 7/31: $45; Online until 8/9: $55; At Gate: $60
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Weekend Pass through 7/31: $250; Thereafter and at gate: $300; Sat or Sun, $150 per day
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San Jose Rep Stage General Admission: Sat, Sun - $10 per day
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Children (Ages 5 – 12): Daily Pass: $5; Weekend Pass: $15
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Burning Havana D' Primera Videos
Se Te Olvido Quien Soy & Claudia (Latin Jazz)
Esto es Havana D' Primera....de primera. The performances speak for themselves. Enjoy!
Se Te Olvidó Quien Soy
Claudia - Latin Jazz
Rosa La Peligrosa
Sabroso - Descarga Cachao
These videos are now loaded on the Havana D' Primera Video page in progress.
Videography by Tom Ehrlich = http://www.timba.com/users/tomehrlich
Mastering by Michael Lazarus = http://latinmusicmastering.com
Alexander Abreu - leader, vocals, trumpet
Tony Rodríguez - piano
Avis Tobías - bass
Harold Díaz Escobar - teclado
Keisel Jiménez - drums/percussion
Guillermo del Toro Varela - drums/percussion
Mauricio Gutiérrez Upman - drums/percussion
Amaury Pérez Rodríguez - trombone
Jannier Rodríguez - coro
Enrique Luis Pérez - coro
Rogelio Nápoles - guitar
Uyuni Martínez Romero - trumpet
Orlando Jesús Vázquez - trumpet
Angel Batule - sound engineer
Mayimbe Post-USA Tour Update
Word from LA - New Photos - New Singers Being Auditioned
Working title for their second album is "Mensajeros de Olofi"
Breaking News: Mayimbe Auditioning New Singers - As we receive photos, reports and feedback from the Mayimbe tour of the US, the breaking news is that front-line singers Marcelo (Marcelo Villar Cano) and Angelito (Ángel Ramírez Ballesteros) are not part of the band anymore, and that auditions are in process for their replacements. Maybe it's a case of soloist dreams after their incredible reception, as all their concerts were well attended and the band was tight and rehearsed, but at the end of the day this is the music business, and the ultimate currency of this business is "the song". Click here to view the official press release (in larger size) from Bárbaro Fines and the band. Or here for the text version (look below the press image).
Word from Florentine Gardens in Los Angeles - De La Habana a Peru a LOS ANGELES! Los Mayimberos ya nacieron en L.A. The Concert started just after after midnight on Friday night. Before the show, I had the chance to meet with the director Barbaro Fines. I was excited to meet with him and discuss this amazing band, his first smokin album "De la Habana a Peru" and his future projects. He seemed pretty emotional at times during our conversation, actually breaking out in tears at times, especially when describing his amazing story and odyssey of finding his passion for Cuban Music once again upon arrival in a foreign country named "Peru". He said "This first album I wrote on the floor of my worn down immigrant motel room after arriving in Lima. I wrote it thinking of my family, friends and my homeland of Cuba which I had left behind. This first album is for them and for my future family, I hope it is to one day become a part of my legacy". He says his second album named "Mensajeros de Olofi" is due out in the coming months (editor's note - may take some more time as the old singers will be replaced in these new tracks). It was amazing to witness this band, the energy and the audience as well. Mainly all young South American / Peruvian in attendance. The turnout was great, about 300-400 persons. The band sounded very tight LIVE as if I was listening to them in a studio. They opened with their Mayimbe intro song, followed up by the very popular "El Diablo" track! Kudos to San Francisco / Bay Area though as when asked which city was his favorite on this U.S tour thus far, to my surprise, Barbaro's response was "San Francisco". "It has been our most significant and important stop along the tour, It's a very important plaza for Mayimbe" .
On assignment for Timba.com
David "MANGO" González
Girls get it on with Mayimbe at Florentine Gardens in Los Angeles
Bárbaro Fines y su Mayimbe at Florentine Gardens in Los Angeles
Director and pianist Bárbaro Fines lays it down in Elizabeth, New Jersey
Bárbaro Fines y su Mayimbe in Elizabeth, New Jersey
Bárbaro Fines y su Mayimbe at S.O.B.s in New York
TIRSO'S PIANO POWER UNLEASHED
Beyond Salsa Piano Volume 14 - Tirso Duarte Part 1
Volume 14 is the first volume of "Beyond Salsa Piano" to focus on Tirso Duarte, pianist, arranger, composer and singer for the great late-1990s incarnation of Charanga Habanera, recording artist and bandleader under his own name, and ex-singer for NG La Banda and Pupy y Los Que Son Son. This book covers the songs Charanguero mayor, Confianza and El bla bla bla, with note-for-note transcriptions of Tirso’s piano tumbaos and a NOTE-FOR-NOTE TRANSCRIPTION for his entire performance on El bla bla bla. The entire bass part is also transcribed as are the bass tumbaos for each piano tumbao. There is also extensive explanation of the conga marchas and the gear and efecto system used by the late 1990s Charanga Habanera.
Author Kevin Moore explains: "The obsession with Cuban music that led to the writing of the Beyond Salsa series began – in many respects – in February of 1999, on the night that I first heard Tirso Duarte play the piano. It was at the legendary Disco Azúcar club in Cancún, on the evening before my first trip to Cuba. Tirso’s piano‐playing was so astounding – and so moving – that I found myself incurably addicted by the end of the night. I’ve thought of very little else in the intervening 14 years – returning to Cuba, collecting music, studying Spanish, and studying Cuban and Afro‐Cuban music and history. On each of my subsequent trips to Cuba I met with Tirso and recorded many hours of MIDI files that, to this day, continue to yield amazing insights and on which the material in this book is based."
He continues: "In this book we’ll study three songs: Charanguero mayor (Chapter 2), Confianza (Chapter 3), and El bla bla bla (Chapter 4). Charanguero mayor and Confianza have three completely different piano tumbaos each and El bla bla bla has four. Each tumbao is first presented on three staves, in its most basic form, along with the accompanying bass tumbao and chord symbols. The three‐staff notation corresponds to the “c” and “d” audio files, which have the piano alone in the left channel and the bass in the right. Next, the rhythm section context is discussed in a “Gear Studies” section, corresponding to the “e” and “f” audio files, which have the piano alone in the left channel and the full rhythm section in the right. Finally, each individual tumbao has a “Controlled Improvisation” section containing a series of variations as played by Tirso. The variations have corresponding “a” and “b” audio files with the left hand of the piano in the left speaker and the right hand in the right."