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Cuba based rap duo, Zona Franka, blends traditional rhythms with the grit and swagger of hip-hop and rap vocal phrasings. Their clever shout choruses create instant tropical dance classics using their unique self-titled "changui con flow" style.
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martes, 09 octubre 2012, 04:21 pm

Tiempo Libre Returns To The Midwest

Special Show in Elgin, Illinois October 20, 2012

One of our favorite US-based bands, Tiempo Libre, returns to the Midwest on October 20th, 2012 at 8pm in Elgin, Illinois for a performance with the Elgin Symphony plus a separate TImba dance set by themselves.  It looks like this may be as close as they get to Chicago this fall, so catch them while you can!  Click here for their webpage for the event!

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domingo, 07 octubre 2012, 04:27 pm

Arturo Sandoval and Septeto Nacional de Cuba

The Chicago Metro area had two exciting events this past weekend:

For Bill Tilford's review and photos of Arturo Sandoval's concert at Viper Alley,    click here

For special guest photographer Joshua Bennett's wonderful photos of the Septeto Nacional de Cuba concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago,   click here

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miércoles, 03 octubre 2012, 12:27 am

Changuito Comes to LA!

Also: Arturo Sandoval Tour Begins October 5 at Viper Alley

Legendary percussionist Jose Luis Quintana (aka "Changuito") will be in the Los Angeles, California area from October 6-12 for a combination of classes and performances. including a guest appearance with the Haakon Graf All-Stars at The Baked Potato on Thursday, October 11. For more information including the full schedule, visit the following:
1. In Facebook: Log in to visit the page for   Legendary Master Cuban Percussionist "Changuito" in Los Angeles!
2.  On the Web:   Lucumiyque.com

As of this posting, some of the classes have already been filled, and some extra sessions have been added. 
For those of you who are quite young, Changuito is, quite simply,  one of the most important figures in modern Cuban percussion - here's Michelle's short profile.

Reminder: Arturo Sandoval's US Tour begins Friday, October 5 at 8PM at the Viper Alley in Lincolnshire, Illinois.  This comes on the heels of his 5 recent Latin GRAMMY nominations, four of which are for Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You) and one for Tango Como Yo Te Siento.   The following video includes some comments about Dear Diz by Arturo as well as some audio samples from the recording.
Click Here For More Details about the Viper Alley Performance October 5
Click Here For The Complete Tour Schedule

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sábado, 29 septiembre 2012, 12:33 pm

Arturo Sandoval's Fall 2012 US Tour

First Stop: Viper Alley in Lincolnshire Illinois

Arturo Sandoval, who first came to our notice as a key figure in Cuba's legendary Irakere and as the leader of his own combo in Cuba, has since had an even more remarkable career in the United States (and worldwide) with 6 Grammy Awards (17 nominations), 6 Billboard awards, 1 Emmy and numerous recordings,  television appearances and film work to his credit (along with a long and successful teaching career).    He is about to start a multi-city US  tour schedule  with some of his best work yet (in this writer's opinion).  His most recent recordings, Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You)  and Tango Como Yo Te Siento currently have 5 Latin Grammy nominations between them (4 for Dear Diz and 1 for Tango).  We haven't picked up Tango yet, but we've been listening to Dear Diz for hours. 

The first tour date we have is at the Viper Alley in Lincolnshire, Illinois, on Friday, October 5 at 8pm.   The club is a little north of the city of Chicago,  about 45 minutes from Chicago's loop and a little more than an hour from downtown Milwaukee.   This venue just opened in 2011, and we saw Arturo do a great show there last year.  We look forward to this week's appearance as well.

Dear Diz was a special recording for Arturo because Dizzy Gillespie was a key figure in his life and career.  We spoke with Arturo by telephone on Tuesday while he was in Miami working on a new film soundtrack and about to leave for a few days in Lebanon.  Unfortunately, the quality of the telephone connection was too poor for us to share audio here, but we will mention that he is very excited about Viper Alley performance and the rest of the upcoming tour, and he will be bringing his regular touring band including Zane Musa, the phenomenal saxophonist who also shined through in Dear Diz.   He also mentioned during our conversation that the Viper Alley performance will include some selections from Dear Diz but probably not from Tango because that second project used some key personnel that won't be on this tour.

In lieu of our sharing the poor audio from our own conversation, we are going to direct you to an interview Arturo did with Guy Raz for NPR's All Things Considered in May 2012.  He talks about his introduction to Dizzy Gillespie and what followed from that first meeting.

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