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viernes, 11 noviembre 2016, 06:25 am

JoJazz Takes Place Next Week

Also: New Videos by Yissy Garcia & Bandancha; Richie Kaye & Ernesto Vega

ENGLISH   : The 19th Edition of JoJazz will take place between November 17-20 in Havana. Many of the excellent Jazz recordings reviewed on this website, especially those in the The Jazz Young Spirit  series from Colibrí, are by winners of this competition, and if you attend a lot of concerts by young Cuban Jazz artists, you have probably seen several winners on stage.   This competition is international and enrolls contestants almost up to the last minute.  YOU CAN READ THE OFFICIAL CONVOCATION HERE.  
The radio program From the Isle of Music   will rebroadcast  music from past winners of JoJazz and interviews with the founder, Alexis Vázquez  , and the director of many of the large ensembles of young artists, Joaquín Betancourt  ,   during   the weeks of November 21 and 28.  (Next week features Harold López-Nussa. )  This program airs Monday nights on shortwave on WBCQ The Planet, 7490 KHz at 8pm Eastern time (US) and Tuesdays at 1900 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz (shortwave) from Rohrbach, Germany. Tunein.com carries a live stream of WBCQ The Planet. 
We will share the highlights of JoJazz with you in December. 
ESPAÑOL:     Quizas aún más importante para el desarrollo de jóvenes jazzistas en Cuba es JoJazz, un concurso para los artistas entre 16-30 años de edad. La 19ª edición de JoJazz se llevará a cabo entre noviembre 17-20 en La Habana. Muchos de las excelentes grabaciones de Jazz reseñadas en este sitio web, especialmente los de la  serie de Colibrí  El joven espiritu de Jazz,  son por los ganadores de este concurso, y si usted asiste a una gran cantidad de conciertos por los jóvenes jazzistas cubanos,  es probable que haya visto varios ganadores en el escenario. Este concurso es internacional y se inscribe concursantes casi hasta el último minuto.  EL TEXTO DE LA CONVOCATORIA  ESTÁ DISPONIBLE AQUÍ.   
El programa radial From the Isle of Music   repetirá sus episodios con la  música de  ganadores anteriores de JoJazz y entrevistas con el fundador, Alexis Vázquez  , y el director de muchos  grandes ensembles de artistas jóvenes, Joaquín Betancourt  , durante las semanas del 21 y 22 de noviembre (Próxima semana contará con Harold López-Nussa .). Este programa se transmite en onda corta lunes por la noche en WBCQ El Planeta, 7490 KHz a partir de las 8 pm hora del Este (Estados Unidos) y los martes a las 1900 UTC en el Channel 292, 6070 KHz (onda corta) desde Rohrbach, Alemania. Tunein.com lleva una transmisión en vivo (no en demanda) de WBCQ El Planeta.
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Yissy Garcia , a past JoJazz award winner, recently released this new video: 



Another past JoJazz winner, Ernesto Vega , is currently in the studio doing videos with Richie Kaye , a singer/guitarist/songwriter who works in several genres.  Richie was kind enough to share their first video with us for your enjoyment.   You can read the bios of both Richie and Ernesto on Richie's website: 
http://richiekaye.com/richie-kaye-and-ernesto-vega/





(photo Sam Kuslan)

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martes, 25 octubre 2016, 08:18 am

COMING SOON: JAZZ PLAZA & JOJAZZ 2016

PRÓXIMAMENTE: JAZZ PLAZA & JOJAZZ 2016

ENGLISH :   The 32nd International Jazz Festival of Havana, also known as Jazz Plaza, will take place from December 15-18 in Havana, and, for the first time, in Santiago de Cuba as well.  In addition to adding Santiago de Cuba, which has a small but thriving Jazz scene of its own, other firsts for the festival are a nice festival website  and more intensive participation by international sponsors. 
For more about the Jazz scene in Santiago specifically, I had the pleasure of speaking with Robier González Garbey , Director of the wonderful Iris Jazz Club, in December.  You can hear a recording of that (in Spanish) here.     I also spoke with Raydelis Guibert , an agent for the Iris Jazz Club; you can hear that conversation here.    There is a LOT of background noise in both, but also a lot of interesting information. 
Other items about Jazz Plaza 2015 and Jazz Plaza 2013 can be found elsewhere in this blog and in the photo galleries. 

ESPAÑOL:  
El 32º Festival Internacional de Jazz  de La Habana, también conocido como Jazz Plaza, se llevará a cabo a partir del 15-18 de diciembre en La Habana, y, por primera vez, en Santiago de Cuba también. Además de la adición de Santiago de Cuba, que tiene una pequeña pero próspera escena del jazz de sus propios, otras novedades para el festival son una muy buena página web para el festival  y la participación más intensa de los patrocinadores internacionales.
Para más información acerca de la escena del jazz en Santiago específicamente, tuve el placer de hablar con Robier González Garbey, Director del maravilloso Iris Jazz Club, en diciembre. Se puede escuchar una grabación (en español) aquí. También hablé con Raydelis Guibert, un agente para el Iris Jazz Club; se puede escuchar la conversación aquí. Hay un MONTÓN de ruido de fondo en ambos, pero también una gran cantidad de información interesante.
Otros artículos sobre Jazz Plaza 2015 y Jazz Plaza 2013 se pueden encontrar en otro lugar en este blog y en las galerías de fotos.

ENGLISH : An event perhaps even more important for the development of young Jazz artists in Cuba is JoJazz, a competition for young Jazz artists between 16-30 years of age.   The 19th Edition of JoJazz will take place between November 17-20 in Havana. Many of the excellent Jazz recordings reviewed on this website, especially those in the The Jazz Young Spirit series from Colibrí, are by winners of this competition, and if you attend a lot of concerts by young Cuban Jazz artists, you have probably seen several winners on stage.   This competition is international and enrolls contestants almost up to the last minute.  YOU CAN READ THE OFFICIAL CONVOCATION HERE.
The radio program From the Isle of Music will feature music from past winners of JoJazz and interviews with the founder, Alexis Vázquez , and the director of many of the large ensembles of young artists, Joaquín Betancourt ,   during the next two weeks.     This program airs Monday nights on shortwave on WBCQ The Planet, 7490 KHz at 8pm Eastern time (US) and Tuesdays at 1900 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz (shortwave) from Rohrbach, Germany. Tunein.com carries a live stream of WBCQ The Planet. 
ESPAÑOL:   Quizas aún más importante para el desarrollo de jóvenes jazzistas en Cuba es JoJazz, un concurso para los artistas entre 16-30 años de edad. La 19ª edición de JoJazz se llevará a cabo entre noviembre 17-20 en La Habana. Muchos de las excelentes grabaciones de Jazz reseñadas en este sitio web, especialmente los de la  serie de Colibrí  El joven espiritu de Jazz, son por los ganadores de este concurso, y si usted asiste a una gran cantidad de conciertos por los jóvenes jazzistas cubanos,  es probable que haya visto varios ganadores en el escenario. Este concurso es internacional y se inscribe concursantes casi hasta el último minuto.  EL TEXTO DE LA CONVOCATORIA  ESTÁ DISPONIBLE AQUÍ. 
El programa radial From the Isle of Music contará con música de  ganadores anteriores de JoJazz y entrevistas con el fundador, Alexis Vázquez , y el director de muchos  grandes ensembles de artistas jóvenes, Joaquín Betancourt , durante las próximas dos semanas. Este programa se transmite en onda corta lunes por la noche en WBCQ El Planeta, 7490 KHz a partir de las 8 pm hora del Este (Estados Unidos) y los martes a las 1900 UTC en el Channel 292, 6070 KHz (onda corta) desde Rohrbach, Alemania. Tunein.com lleva una transmisión en vivo (no en demanda) de WBCQ El Planeta.

 

 

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miércoles, 05 octubre 2016, 10:26 pm

Harold López-Nussa US Tour is Underway

Harold López-Nussa ,   part of the formidable López-Nussa family of Jazz greats, is now on tour in the US with his trio, which includes his brother Ruy Adrian López-Nussa on drumes and Alune Wade on bass.        Dates are as follows: 

October 4:   Gateway City Arts, Holyoke, MA
October 5:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
October 6-7:  Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ
October 8: Kennedy Center Jazz Club, Washington, DC
October 11: Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, NYC, NY
October 13:  The Side Door, Old Lyme, CT
October 14:  Bric Festival, Brooklyn, NY
October 15:  Chris Jazz Café, Philadelphia, PA
October 16: Yocum Institute of Arts, Wyomissing, PA
October 18:  Dakota, Minneapolis, MN
October 19: SPACE, Evanston, IL
October 20: Conservatory of Music, Milwaukee, WI
October 21-22: Dirty Dog, Detroit, MI
October 23: Baur's, Denver, CO
October 27: Blue Whale, Los Angeles, CA
October 28:  Chickie Wah Wah, New Orleans, LA 

You can click through to more details on the Harold López-Nussa website .  There is a new CD out, El Viaje , which we will eventually review. 
Hopefully  someone will eventually bring his uncle Ernán and his father Ruy up here the same way,   In the meantime, if you are serious about Jazz, take the time to check this out.  You'll be glad that you did.

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viernes, 16 septiembre 2016, 01:03 am

QEPD DESCARGA.COM 1992-2016

After 24 years of operation, Descarga.com has ceased operations and posted a farewell message on their website.  For many years, especially their early years, they were the most important source of hardcopy CDs of Cuban music in the United States, but they were much more than that - album reviews, articles, in the early years they even had a wonderful newsletter until it eventually went the way of most newsletters in this industry as people began reading less and watching video more.  I was a customer myself for many years (admittedly less so in recent times, but that had more to do with my own circumstances than with theirs). In the 90s, they were even written up in some articles about e-commerce as being in the vanguard of Internet businesses.  

They weren't done in by a competitor doing the same things that they did, but rather by the changing patterns of how many people now consume music (including, unfortunately, the free file-sharing which is gradually destroying the chances for physical recordings to be sold effectively in the marketplace anywhere other than concerts and impairing digital sales in our genres as well). 

Congratulations to Bruce Pollin and the Descarga operation for many years of excellence. This is a sad day for the Tropical Latin music industry and for Latin Jazz as well. 

 

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