Fleet-fingered pianist Arturo O’Farrill has been commissioned by Symphony Space, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and RD Rice Construction to compose a new piece of music to honor Bronx native and prospective Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. O’Farrill and his Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra will premiere the music at Symphony [...]Read more >>
“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 >>
Longtime journalist and broadcaster Michael Bourne will host and emcee the 14th Annual Litchfield Jazz Festival, which will begin on Friday, July 31 and conclude a few days later on Sunday, August 2. Artists scheduled to appear this year include Jane Monheit, Lewis Nash, Benny Green and Bucky Pizzarelli, the [...]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 >>
Singer Karrin Allyson was signed to Concord Jazz by that label’s founder, Carl Jefferson, in 1993. From that year’s I Didn’t Know About You to last year’s Imagina: Songs of Brasil, she released 11 albums on the Concord Jazz imprint over the next 15 years. To celebrate Allyson’s fruitful and [...]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 >>
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