Latin Jazz Corner 002: Brian Andres (Part 2), Will Jarvis, Mario Bauza

by chipboaz on November 18, 2016

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Welcome to Episode #2 of the newly refreshed Latin Jazz Corner Podcast! I’ve recently taken a break on both the site and podcast to reflect on the intent behind LJC. After some time looking back upon what I’ve done and what I would like to do, I’m acting on lots of great ideas. If you want check out my revelations, go HERE. Otherwise, continue onto the Latin Jazz!

We’re going to continue our tradition of including a listener poll in each episode, inspired by a question about Latin Jazz. This will be an opportunity for us to include more voices from the Latin Jazz community and present a wider variety of perspectives. This episode’s listener poll is:


Big or small every effort to keep the music alive matters. Have you bought a classic Latin Jazz album recently? Have you taken a chance on a new artist? Have you spread the word about an upcoming Latin Jazz concert on social media? Did you introduce a friend to your favorite Latin Jazz artist? Let me know so that we can all get ideas for supporting the music – you can e-mail me your response or post on the LJC Facebook Page!

Our featured track this week comes from Toronto based composer, bassist, and bandleader, Will Jarvis. His recently released album Con Gracias is a fantastic collection of original music that highlights his outstanding musicianship. Jarvis has been playing both Latin Jazz and salsa since the nineties, leading to work alongside some important musicians, such as Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Dave Valentin, Hilton Ruiz, and more. He also covers the bass chair in the group Manteca, a must-hear ensemble of musicians. We’re going to listen to a track from Con Gracias that spotlights both Jarvis’ playing and writing, “Descarga Uno.” This track is a great jam session, featuring solos from Jarvis, flautist Bill McBernie, and pianist Hilario Durán.

Make sure that you check out more about Will Jarvis, he’s a fantastic musician:
Will Jarvis Website
You can find Will Jarvis on Twitter: @willjarvismusic

In the spotlight segment of the show, we take a minute to reflect upon one of the original innovators in Latin Jazz, Mario Bauza. A child prodigy in Havana, Bauza changed the landscape of jazz once he moved to New York. I give an overview of Bauza’s impact upon both Latin Jazz and straight ahead jazz, exploring his work with Chick Webb, Cab Calloway, and of course, Machito And His Afro-Cubans. We also take a look at Bauza’s revival towards the end of his life, where he formed his own orchestra, finally gaining recognition for his contributions to Latin Jazz. Some of the albums that I mentioned in relation to Mario Bauza were:

Afro-Cuban Jazz (featuring The Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite), Machito

Kenya, Machito

The Complete RCA Victor Recordings, Dizzy Gillespie

Tanga, Mario Bauza

My Time Is Now, Mario Bauza

944 Columbus, Mario Bauza

Mario Bauza laid the foundation for a lot of the things that are happening in Latin Jazz today – he’s certainly someone that you need to know! Many of you may have your own experiences with Mario Bauza, whether it’s hearing him live, knowing him in person, or working with him – send me your stories and I’ll share them on the next episode!

Our feature segment features part one of my interview with drummer and bandleader Brian Andres, who just released the exceptional This Could Be That with his band The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel. In the second part of our interview, we dig into Brian’s first album, Drummers Speak, the evolution of The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, his second album, San Francisco, and all the details about the recording of the latest album. It’s a great look at a wonderful musician who is making large strides towards creating a unique voice in Latin Jazz and taking the sound of the Bay Area Latin Jazz community into the world.

You can get more information about Brian Andres & The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel at:
Brian Andres’ Website
Brian Andres And The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel Facebook Page
Brian Andres And The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel Twitter Account

Check out all of the albums from Brian Andres & The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel:

This Could Be That

San Francisco

Drummers Speak


I hope that you enjoyed the second episode of the podcast – I’m excited to be recording even more episodes of the Latin Jazz Corner show! I’ll be back soon with episode #3 which will feature an interview with another great drummer, a look at more inspiring music, and much more! As always, the most important thing to me is to create a resource that will support the musicians and fans around the world that keep Latin Jazz alive – if you’ve ideas, suggestions, or even compliments, send them my way! Thanks so much for listening, enjoy the show!

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