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miércoles, 11 marzo 2020, 12:36 am


ENGLISH:  Bill Tilford attended the 35th edition of Jazz Plaza in Havana, and we are pleased to  present his collection of 16 photo galleries plus documents and commentaries about the festival.
You can enjoy that in English here. 
ESPAÑOL:  Bill Tilford asistió a la 35a  edición de Jazz Plaza en La Habana, y nos complace presentar su colección de 16 galerías de fotos más documentos y comentarios sobre el festival.
Puede disfrutar eso en español aquí.

Bobby Carcassés explica todo en scat. 

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jueves, 05 marzo 2020, 10:42 pm

Roberto Fonseca in Chicago March 8

Aggua from Roberto Fonseca's new album Yesun

As part of their US tour, Roberto Fonseca will be at the Old Town School of Folk Music's Armitage Avenue location (seldom used for this type of concert today but the iconic location of the OTS for many years) with his drummer Raúl "Ruly" Herrera and bassist Yandy Martínez on Sunday, March 8 at 7pm.  For more information and tickets, visit the Old Town School of Folk Music website here


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jueves, 05 marzo 2020, 03:13 pm


Havana Rhythm & Dance Festival March 23-29


Fiesta del Tambor 2020

ENGLISH: The 2020 Havana and Rhythm Festival Guillermo Barreto in Memoriam will take place from March 23-29th in various venues in Havana. This year's theme is "Africa, Mother of all Rhythms" and includes a workshop  in African Djembe by Weedie Braimah (Ghana) and a masters class in African Rhythms: Dances of Guinea and Mali by Prof. Talise Campbell (Guinea). Click here for the full program.

As always the Fiesta del Tambor will conduct competitions in percussion as well as dance. There is still time for international dancers to sign up to compete. "International couples or contestants must register by email and review the conditions established such as, registration fee for foreigners, payment methods, among other information before March 14, 2020, which will be available on the festival's websites ..."

If you want full access or only want to take part in specific workshops or concerts, you can purchase everything from a Full VIP Pass to tickets to individual events. Click here for ticketing information and an FAQ.

ESPAÑOL: La Fiesta del Tambor Guillermo Barreto in Memoriam 2020 se llevará a cabo del 23 al 29 de marzo en varios lugares en La Habana. El tema de este año es "África, Madre de todos los ritmos" e incluye un taller en Djembe africano de Weedie Braimah (Ghana) y una clase maestral en Ritmos africanos: Danzas de Guinea y Malí por la profesora Talise Campbell (Guinea). Haga clic aquí para ver el programa completo.

Como siempre, la Fiesta del Tambor presentará competencias de percusión y baile. Todavía hay tiempo para que los bailarines internacionales se inscriban para competir. "Las parejas o concursantes internacionales deben registrarse por correo electrónico y revisar las condiciones establecidas, como la tarifa de registro para extranjeros, los métodos de pago, entre otra información antes del 14 de marzo de 2020, que estará disponible en los sitios web del festival ..."

Si deseas acceder a todo o solo quieres participar en talleres o conciertos específicos, puedes comprar entradas, desde un Pase VIP completo hasta entradas para eventos individuales. Haz clic aquí para obtener información sobre boletos y preguntas frecuentes.

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domingo, 01 marzo 2020, 01:03 pm

Concerts of Interest in Miami and Chicago


Notwithstanding occasional rumors to the contrary, some quality music from Cuba is still making it to the city.  Global Cuba Fest looks great this year, with the most  relevant highlights as follows:

Saturday, March 7 (North Beach Bandshell):
8pm | Brenda Navarrete and the Miami Debut of Mi Mundo
9pm | Yelsy Heredia and the Changüí Project

Saturday, March 14  (Miami Dade County Auditorium) 
8pm | Piano Marathon Cubano featuring Jorge Luis Pacheco
9pm | Mambo #2020 “Mambo meets Timba” by Alain Perez and Julio Montalvo Orchestra in Concert

Full details can be found on the Fundarte website

A series of events is coming up fast:

March 8, Old Town School of Folk Music, 909 W. Armitage, Chicago
Roberto Fonseca's Chicago stop on his national tour will take place in the Old Town School of Folk music's original building on Armitage.   

March 12-15, Jazz Showcase, Chicago
Omar Sosa is presenting for 4 nights.  Our friend Thomas Pena of the Latin Jazz Network has a nice review of his recent New York performances here......

March 20 and 21:
Award-winning singer-songwriter Alex Cuba is touring in support of his album Sublime, which Felix Contreras of NPR named as one of the best albums of 2019, as follows:
March 20  Freedom Hall, Park Forest 
March 21: The Den Theatre, Chicago

April 8: Old Town School of Folk Music,  4545 N. Lincoln, Chicago
Harold López-Nussa returns!


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