Latin Jazz This Week (6/26/17 – 7/2/17)

by chipboaz on June 26, 2017

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In January of this year, bassist Marc Van Wageningen was severely injured in a tragic accident – on the way to a gig with Tower Of Power, he was hit by a train. He’s been recovering since the accident, and fortunately, he is expected to play again. It’s a long road to recovery though, and the music community around Van Wageningen has done a lot of aid him financially. Peter Michael Escovedo has gathered artists from a wide spectrum of music to record an album entitled Raise the Marc, with all the proceeds going towards Van Wageningen. The album features some amazing musicians including Dave Koz, Sheila E., Ray Obiedo, Tony Lindsay, Peter Horvath, John Santos, and Pete Escovedo. Van Wageningen has played with a long list of Latin Jazz musicians – most notably as the bassist for Pete Escovedo – and he knows how to lay down the funk; please consider picking up the album. You’ll hear some great music and support an incredible musician – you can pick up the album HERE.

Congratulations to trombonist Doug Beavers, who finished up the mastering work on his most recent album The Art Of The Arrangement earlier this week. Beavers has been working on this album for the better part of the year, bringing together a number of outstanding arrangers such as Marty Sheller, Ray Santos, Jose Madera, Oscar Hernandez, and more. This has been an ArtistShare project, letting fans provide financial support and follow along with the creative process. I’ve been a supporter for a while, and I can tell you that I am VERY excited about this album. As Beavers finishes the production and distribution of the album, he could still use your support! Get all the details and show your support to this outstanding project HERE.

Percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo has been a major force in Latin Jazz for decades – from his work with Dizzy Gillespie to playing with Gonzalo Rubalcaba and his work as a leader, Hidalgo has always blazed new paths in the music. He’s been unable to perform for the past few years due to a struggle with diabetes, and at this point, he needs our help. This week, on Sunday July 2nd, there is a benefit concert for Hidalgo in the San Francisco Bay Area – it’s our Live Latin Jazz Pick Of The Week; you can get all the details HERE. If you are going to be in the Bay Area this upcoming weekend, please come out and support Hidalgo. If you won’t be in the area, you can still show your support by contributing to Hidalgo’s Go Fund Me – you can do that HERE. Show your support to a Latin Jazz master in his time of need!

I try to keep the focus here at LJC on music and skip the politics, but it’s important to stay informed. We’ve have different amounts of access to Cuba over the years due to political changes, and the climate recently got a bit colder with President Trump’s new policy regarding Cuba. Regardless of our political beliefs, it’s important to consider how this change will effect interaction between musicians, listeners, and the music business. Billboard magazine published an interesting article this week with some thoughts about the new policy and it’s effect upon the music industry. It’s a good read with thoughts from leaders in this field like Ned Sublette, Bill Martinez, and more. You can check it out HERE.


Album Of The Week: Libre, The Marty Sheller Ensemble

LJC Picks: Top Five Latin Jazz Videos May 2017

LJC Picks: 10 Latin Jazz Perspectives On Miles Davis

Revisiting Latin Jazz Classics: The Other Road, Ray Barretto


Keeping Cultural Traditions Alive: Yasser Tejada & Palotré Perform La Vereda

A Beautiful Interpretation Of Hojarasca From Yuri Juárez

Roger Davidson Trio With Hendrik Muerkens Performing Rio de Janeiro

Exploring New Territory: Fabian Almazan & Rhizome

Samuel Torres Sextet Performs Un Atardercer en Cartagena De Indias


Cub(an)ism, Aruan Ortiz

Find All The 2017 Latin Jazz Releases HERE!


Tuesday 6/27: Pianist Otmaro Ruiz

Wednesday 6/28: Percussionist Annette A. Aguilar

Friday 6/30: Vocalist Sofia Tosello

Saturday 7/1: Flautist Mark Weinstein


Benefit Concert For Percussion Pioneer Giovanni Hidalgo

Do You Have An Upcoming Gig That You’d Like Featured In The Live Latin Jazz Pick Of The Week? Submit It HERE!

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