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Tuesday November 27, 2018

From DownBeat

Dominican Republic Jazz Festival Looks to Foster the Future
By: Robert Ham

[…] Each show earlier this month was packed with loud, spirited responses for every performer who tread the often sandy boards. No musician got a better reaction from the crowd than nonagenarian vocalist Omara Portuondo. The Cuban artist and member of the Buena Vista Social Club was treated like royalty even before she sang a note. And once she took the stage, the audience exploded, responding as if James Brown or Elvis Presley stepped out from the wings. Portuondo and her much younger backing band fed off that energy, lending their renditions of Latin standards like “Guantanamera” and “Besame Mucho” a fluid, modern edge.

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