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See our  Events &  Reviews  Section for an extensive  Calendar of Events  that shows what's happening in the Chicago area and within driving distance for Chicagoans.  
Although our primary mission is dedicated to Cuban music (especially Timba), there is a lot of other Latin music out there that is of interest to our readers as well.  Recognizing this, Nuestros Primos Musicales will carry listings of Salsa groups of merit (those playing some Cuban material will still be carried in the main sections), miscellaneous Latin Jazz and occasionally other things that are worth sharing with you but don't quite fit in our main section.  See also our main page, Report From Chicago, and our blog, Sin Clave No Hay Na', for additional items of interest.. 
(All photos used in this section that are watermarked with the "TIMBA.com" logo  are by Bill Tilford unless otherwise specified, all rights reserved.)

24 August 2014

THIS WEEK:   

Miguel Zenon at the Chicago Jazz Festival, Sunday, August 31, 2014, 6:00pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park

This Jazz phenomenon, who mixes the musical forms of Puerto Rico with ultramodern Jazz, has a new CD  (Identities are Changable) coming out in November.  A must see for serious Jazz fans, and the admission is free.


10 August 2014

THIS WEEK:  


I've seen a couple of wise guys remark that the Cuban Festival has better Puerto Rican bands than the Puerto Rican Festival did, but there is an excellent lineup of both Cuban-American and Puerto Rican acts including El Gran Combo on closing night.  On the Cuban wing of the bird,  the festival includes a special tribute to Juan Formell on opening night and one of this writer's personal favorite groups, Palo! on the closing night:  For more info, click here.

The first round of the Latin GRAMMY process, which decides who the nominees are going to be, is in progress.  I'm happy to tell you that one of the Chicago-Milwaukee area's best Salsa bands, Nabori, is one of the groups under consideration for a possible nomination of their last release, De Nuevo En El Solar. Congratulations, guys!  It's great to have a Midwestern group representing this year.   And, if you are an area Salsa fan who has never heard this group, you really need to do something about that. 


3 August 2014

Instant Replay:



There are three opportunities to watch the July 18, 2014 performances of the 2014 Chicago Latin Jazz Festival on public access TV in Chicago:
Sunday, August 3rd, 9:00 AM, Channel 21
Monday, August 4th, 8:30 AM, Channel 19
Tuesday, August 5th, 12:00 PM, Channel 21

COMING UP: 



One of the featured acts at this year's Festival Cubano is Puerto Rico's El Gran Combo, which was be performing Sunday, August 17.   (There is a Cuban connection to their founding, and many of the songs they have played over the years have been Cuban.)  If you are on this page, this group probably needs no introduction, but just in case you're new to it, here's a taste:

They have been around for over 5 decades and remain one of the most important Salsa bands in Puerto Rico.   There are plenty of other reasons to go to Festival Cubano, but this is one of the important ones.   


27 July 2014

NEW GROUP ON THE BLOCK:

We caught La Chinita y Sus Hermanos, a Latin Jazz quartet led by flautist Yaocheng (Jillian) Yu, at El Cid 2 on Wednesday.  This is a pretty new group, but the musicians are all experienced in the genre - Jillian's extensive personal resume includes time with a few other local Latin Jazz ensembles here.  New groups usually include a lot of standards, and this was no exception, but they played them quite well, and it will interesting to see how the group evolves over time.   All the best to this nice new addition to the Latin Jazz scene here. 


13 July 2014

THIS WEEK:

See the main Report From Chicago page for Chappotin and Ricardo Lemvo.  Additionally,  

8th Chicago Latin Jazz Festival, 18 and 19 July, 2014
Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1301 N. Sacramento,
Chicago IL

This free festival has excellent lineups both nights. A word about Victor Venegas, the subject of the first night's tribute:  He was a prominent bassist who started out In Chicago and went on to play with several of the top national bands including Eddie and Charlie Palmieri, Mongo Santamaria and Cal Tjader among many others.  One hopes that this means that the evening's bassists will get a solid workout. 

William Cepeda has been one of the most exciting trombonists in Latin Jazz in the US, and his Afro-Rican Jazz recordings have been powerful.  


6 July 2014

COMING SOON:

For the Jazz set: 

8th Chicago Latin Jazz Festival, 18 and 19 July, 2014
Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1301 N. Sacramento,
Chicago IL
This free festival has excellent lineups both nights. A word about Victor Venegas,, the subject of the first night's tribute:  He was a prominent bassist who started out In Chicago and went on to play with several of the top national bands including Eddie and Charlie Palmieri, Mongo Santamaria and Cal Tjader among many others.  One hopes that this means that the evening's bassists will get a solid workout. 

For the dancers:

Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, Friday-Sunday, 18-20 July, 2014
July 18:  Chicago Summerdance, Spirit of Music Garden, 7:30pm
July 19: Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, 5:30pm
July 20: Celebrate Clark Street Festival


 

See the NPM Archive for earlier posts. 

 

lunes, 25 agosto 2014, 10:12 pm