“The mariachi tradition goes back over a hundred years,” says Mariachi Real de San Diego’s guitarron player Mauricio Gonzalez. “It came from the people, it came from the hills, from the ranches. It was a different lifestyle back then.” Mauricio is one of six musicians in Mariachi Real de San [...]Read more >>
Singer and pianist Diana Krall was a few months short of her 5th birthday when, on July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. Forty years later, a number of events are planned to commemorate that auspicious day, [...]Read more >>
Grupo Fantasma, the 11-piece Latin funk outfit from Austin, Texas, known for their scintillating live shows, recently announced a heavy docket of concert appearances that’ll have the band on the road through the end of July. In recent years, Fantasma has gained some high-level notoriety by backing Prince on several [...]Read more >>
Steve Wilson, who’s well known as an especially skilled and sensitive jazz saxophonist, is scheduled to make his orchestral debut at the Vermont Mozart Festival on July 25. Accompanied by the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Gil Shohat, Wilson will perform Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Fantasia for Soprano Saxophone [...]Read more >>
Just over three decades ago, Willie Nelson released Stardust, an album of 10 pop standards that still stands as the country troubadour’s most successful release to date. (Columbia/Legacy released a 30th-anniversary edition of the album last year that includes a second disc of 16 additional gems from the Great American [...]Read more >>
Guitarist Bobby Broom was a young teenager when he first heard Thelonious Monk’s piano playing. He had a copy of Bird and Diz, the classic 1950 album on which Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie were joined by Monk, Curly Russell and Buddy Rich. Within a few years, while attending New [...]Read more >>
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