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domingo, 23 mayo 2010, 04:18 am

Tours

Updates for Manolito and Pupy

Things are happening quickly right now and there are new dates being added almost daily, so I recommend that you keep checking the tour pages for Manolito y Su Trabuco and Pupy y Los Que Son Son because all the dates we have are listed there. I know there are still dates more concert dates on the way as soon as they are confirmed. The most recent additions are:

Manolito in ArlingtonPupy y Los Que Son Son 
June 20, 2010 - New York City, NY - S.O.B.s 
June 22, 2010 - Boston, MA. - Wilbur Theater

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May 29, 2010 - Arlington, VA - Yorktown Bistro

We are also beginning to get in tour dates for Europe Summer 2010 so start checking the Tours Section to plan your summer vacation.

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martes, 18 mayo 2010, 03:40 pm

Pupy's Tour

Things are happening quickly now. Pupy y Los Que Son Son are already set up for 10 concerts that I know of and more and more keep being added. The most recent addition to the tour list is June 19, 2010 - Arlington, VA. - The Salsa Room Don't miss out on this historic first tour! Find a concert near you or you'll be kicking yourself later. If you know of a concert not on our list send me an e-mail .

Pupy y Los Que Son Son in Arlington VA

UPDATE: I added two more dates, June 3 in Tampa at Whiskey North and June 5 at Aché in Miami. Stay tuned as the updates keep coming in.

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lunes, 17 mayo 2010, 08:39 am

Winners Cubadisco 2010

Arrasando by Los Van Van Another Cubadisco has come and gone and the big winners in the categories of greatest interest to Timba fans were Juan Formell & Los Van Van and  Alexander Abreu & Havana D'Primera. The list of nominees was impressive. In addition to Van Van and Havana D'Primera were La Charanga Habanera for "No mires la carátula", Arnaldo y su Talismán for "Mango" and Sixto Llorentes' debut solo album "Lo que sucede conviene"  Son del Indio. Still, I knew Van Van would win. The smooth production of "Arrasando" was bound to catch the judges' ears.  Indeed "Arrasando"  also won for Best Recording.

The Traditional Music category was won by Pancho Amat y su Cabildo del Son for "Yo traigo un son", also a double-winner taking the Anthology category.

Closest to my own heart is the winner of the Ópera Prima category (first work). Havana D'Primera's "Haciendo Historia" was my personal favorite from 2009 so I am happy that the judges saw fit to award Los Primeros with the Best First Work award. The band has taken Havana and now the world by storm with their combination of poetic lyrics and serious timba. And on stage there is no harder working singer than Alexander Abreu who gives everything at each performance as if it were his last.

In honor of their award, Patrick Bonnard has shared a few of his pictures from the "Haciendo Historia" tour 2009/2010. Click here or on the picture below to see more.  The complete gallery is at Patrick's website .

Alexander Abreu by Patrick Bonnard Alexander Abreu & Havana D'Primera - winners Ópera Prima Cubadisco 2010
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Congratulations to all the Cubadisco winners and hasta la próxima .

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domingo, 16 mayo 2010, 08:47 am

A Time for Love

A time for love - Arturo Sandoval There is said to be a time for all things under Heaven and in Miami it is "A Time for Love". Artemiseño Arturo Sandoval was a founding member of Irakere, the group that originally brought us the concept of the bomba gear. After moving to the US he has played mainly classical music and jazz where he has excelled and been awarded 4 Grammys and 6 Billboard awards.

Arguably the best trumpet player in the world, he may primarily be known to laymen for his ability to hit impossibly high notes, but this is just the icing on the cake. Sandoval coaxes the richest tones from both his trumpet and flugelhorn. His playing covers a full emotional range from delicate and sensitive to frenzied passion.

The new album "A Time for Love" was released on May 11th and can be ordered from Amazon. I have only heard one song so far but the album is described as follows: "The album features classical compositions for orchestra and jazz trio by Grammy-winning arranger Jorge Calandrelli along with a sprinkling of American jazz standards by composers including Gershwin and Chaplin.  Also featured on the album are Chris Botti, Monica Mancini, Shelly Berg, and Kenny Barron. "

Here is a sample you can listen to and enjoy yourselves: Paven pour une infante defunte . It features guest artist trumpeter Chris Botti.

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