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Cuba's Daymé Arocena Finds Religion Through Music

From PRI Cuba’s Daymé Arocena found her religion through music By: Maria Murriel Daymé Arocena strolls onstage barefoot, beaming as her band primes an audience in Boston for 90 minutes of Cuban jazz. Her head is wrapped in a white turban and she wears a white dress — the color of Santería, the Afro-Cuban religion born out of European Catholicism and West African Yoruba rituals brought to Cuba by slaves. Arocena says all of Cuban music is shaped by the rhythms of Santería. “Santería is the base of Cuban music, basically,” she says. “Every single rhythm comes from the batá drum. So even if you are not singing a chant of Santería, if you are playing Cuban music there is a link with Santería.” On “Eleggua,” a haunting track off her new album, “Cubafonía,” the Santería link is evident. At 23, Arocena is a new voice in a growing chorus... Read The Full Article

Posted Jun 23rd, 2017 in News


Jazz Provides A Foundation For Growth

From Edmonton Journal Dianne Reeves packs more than jazz tunes into her eclectic concert adventures By: Roger Levesque Few jazz singers alive have the power, the vocal range, the assured delivery or the wide-ranging taste in repertoire that Dianne Reeves... Read The Full Article

Posted Jun 23rd, 2017 in News


Q&A: Sidewalk Chalk

From Richmond Magazine Q&A: Sidewalk Chalk By: Briana Thorton The members of Chicago band Sidewalk Chalk are passionate, energetic and soulful, and, presenting a wide variety of sounds through their live instrumentation (take a listen on their YouTube channel), the... Read The Full Article

Posted Jun 23rd, 2017 in News


An Impressive New voice: Jazzmeia Horn

From Huffington Post An Impressive New voice: Jazzmeia Horn’s “A Social Call” By: Ralph A. Miriello It should be no surprise that twenty-six-year old jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn is one of the most impressive new voices on the music scene... Read The Full Article

Posted Jun 23rd, 2017 in News


The Guardian: Songs of Female Power

From The Guardian Lila Downs: Salón, Lágrimas y Deseo review – songs of female power By: Robin Denselow After bravely but cheerfully examining the problems of contemporary Mexico on Balas y Chocolate, two years ago, and then attacking Trump with... Read The Full Article

Posted Jun 22nd, 2017 in News


Jazz Night In America: 'Still Dreaming'

From WBGO Jazz Night In America: Still Dreaming – Joshua Redman’s Tribute To A Tribute By:Nate Chinen When Joshua Redman blew onto the scene in the early 1990s — a saxophonist brimming with intellect and energy, but refreshingly unhurried with... Read The Full Article

Posted Jun 22nd, 2017 in News


Music To Speak For The Voiceless

From South Bend Tribune Trumpeter Terence Blanchard uses his music to speak for the voiceless By: Howard Dukes Taylor Hackford knew who to call when looking for a musician to do the original soundtrack for his film “The Comedian.” He... Read The Full Article

Posted Jun 22nd, 2017 in News


Hudson: Album Of The Day

From Bandcamp Daily Album of the Day: Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski & John Scofield, ‘Hudson’ By: Patrick Jarenwattananon The members of the jazz supergroup Hudson share a language created in cities: by dense hive-minds of musicians, the spaces... Read The Full Article

Posted Jun 22nd, 2017 in News


BUILD Series Featuring Lila Downs

From AOL Entertainment BUILD Series LILA DOWNS DISCUSSES HER ALBUM, “SALÓN LÁGRIMAS Y DESEO,” & THE “CELEBRATE BROOKLYN!” FESTIVAL The BRIC “Celebrate Brooklyn!” Festival is a free, summer-long experience allowing New Yorkers to come with their friends and family to... Read The Full Article

Posted Jun 21st, 2017 in News


POPMATTERS Talks Hudson

From POPMATTERS DeJohnette, Grenadier, Medeski, and Scofield – Hudson Review By: Will Layman Now DeJohnette, Medeski, bassist Larry Grenadier, and guitarist John Scofield have made a record that captures this kind of a band and aims to bottle the Hudson... Read The Full Article

Posted Jun 21st, 2017 in News


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