Calle Real in turn has already performed several concerts this year in Ethiopia and France.
The following day you can see Los Van Van in New Jersey at Schuetzen Park located at 3167 Kennedy Blvd. David and the boys are back in the USA with their first concert tonight at Twelve in Miami. David Calzado y su Charanga Habanera start their US tour in Miami on Friday May 20th with a concert at Twelve Club.
Tom has posted 8 videos and the first of 3 galleries from the 2015 Havana recording session that produced the Pedrito Martínez Group's second CD, Habana Dreams, to be released on June 10. Santiago based dancer master Jorge Luna Roque is bringing his amazing all-star rueda troupe to the Brava Theatre in San Francisco next weekend, May 21st & 22nd. Most of the players in such a musical engine play the roles of cylinders, stroking in perfect and predictable synchronization. Dream Team Syndrome notwithstanding, the idea of Issac Delgado & Son putting this new type of race car through its paces seemed like something that might just work brilliantly.
Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban all Stars kick their East Coast Tour off tonight at Landmark Theatre in Port Washington, New York. If you're in Europe you can catch Manolito y Su Trabuco at Kursalon in Vienna on the second day of their month-long European tour that will take them to ten countries. A program on shortwave radio which your servant hosts, From the Isle of Music, is dedicated to several different genres of Cuba's music and also features interviews with the artists in addition to the music. After their successful show at Yoshi's last year, Cubanismo is back for a string of big concerts at SF JAZZ: tonight, Saturday and a Sunday matinee. Master percussionist Joaquin "El Pulpo" Pozo will be in town to teach some master classes and to perform as a guest artist with the Angel d'Cuba Septet. ENGLISH: For those who love most styles of Cuban music in addition to Timba, a new radio program, From the Isle of Music, features almost everything including Timba, Traditiional Son, Jazz cubano, Fusion, Rock, even a little classical. ENGLISH: Finally, The 8th Annual San Francisco Salsa Rueda Festival takes place February 11-14 at the Hotel Whitcomb in San Francisco. Septeto Nacional, a Cuban music institution since 1927, performed to a sold out crowd at Brava Theater in San Francisco on January 17, 2016, playing their exquisite form of son.


I was at Jazz Plaza in Havana (and also in Santiago de Cuba) in December, and in the near future I will be sharing a lot of what I learned and experienced.
Knowing Aisar's talent as a composer and arranger and his command of Cuban popular dance music ranging from timba to more traditional music such as son, I have great expectations for this band.
UPDATE: The Sunday show was sold out and a clinic (with lots of performing) has been added for Monday. Septeto Nacional will be in New York at Lehman College on January 16th (Orquesta Broadway opens) and at Brava Theatre in SF on the 17th. You can find it at digital retailers and if you're in Havana I bet they'll be selling in hard-copy at the concert. The second and final show in this mini-tour will be on May 8th at Symphony Space in New York City.
After carefully choosing and integrating each component through months of rehearsal and touring, he takes to the stage with the steely control and yet reckless abandon of a Formula 1 racecar driver.
But like an engine, a great band also needs spark plugs – one or more explosive musicians who add bursts of creativity and unpredictable surges of adrenaline and aggressivity at just the right times. Ned Sublette’s liner notes alone make it worth acquiring this one the old-fashioned way. Issac is famous for his improvisation and his ability to soar over some of the greatest rhythm sections in Cuban music history and as we all know, PMG makes the short list in that particularly category. Timbalive will also - as they do each year - play their own show of original material Sunday night to close the festival. The Carnaval includes concerts by FClan on Friday and Jose Torres y Salsa Tropical featuring Mayito Rivera on Saturday. Six out of the seven were members of Septeto Nacional, but because of visa problems of their tres player, Iván Camblor, band leader, composer and tres player played with the group. In 2008 he also released four songs under the name El Expresso de Cuba, but Aisar stayed with Revé until December 2015 when he announced he would finally start his own band. Tomorrow Maykel B and the boys will be at the "I am Cuban All Star Festival" in Corfu, Greece and they will be in my own town of Stockholm, Sweden this Friday May 27th where they will appear with our own Calle Real! Enjoy the video and get ready to catch the band live on their European tour, which begins in Rome on May 20th.


Far too many jazz and Latin recordings of recent years suffer from what I call DTS: Dream Team Syndrome.
Birthed through a process of hundreds of gigs at a small mid-town Manhattan restaurant called Guantanamera, PMG was not a big engine stripped down for better mileage; it was a new kind of vehicle, built from the ground up to produce even more explosive energy at a fraction of the decibel level and with a clarity and precision of interlocking parts impossible with a 14-piece orquesta. PMG is precisely the type of hyper-creative and wildly improvisational but rock solid rhythm section that Issac has spent his career soaring over.
The band is also planning a tour of the US later this year, so stay tuned for more information. El lanzamiento tendra lugar en un evento especial desde la Tropicana Varadero, en vivo por TV Cubana. The program airs every Monday night in the Americas (Tuesday morning in Europe and Africa) on WBCQ, 7.490 MHz on shortwave (it also streams on the Internet during the hour of the broadcast). Calixto has put together a team of ten musicians to offer the City of Angles an authentic taste of what timba was like when the Havana scene was at it's most creative. Iván, who is originally from Cuba, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and leads a local son group, Pellejo Seco. The band will play 12 gigs so check out their updated list of tour dates to find a concert near you. I also want to give a special thanks to Roberto Ruiz for allowing us to use some of his photos to bring some visuals to the interview. Tuve la oportunidad de conocerlo, grabar una entrevista y escuchar su música en diciembre.
In the meantime you can enjoy a little concert video of both bands performing songs from their new CDs. Special guests include Juan Carlos Alfonso, Issac Delgado, Mayito Rivera, Mandy Cantero, Paulo FG, Haila, Christian & Rey, David Blanco and Grupo Moncada.



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