Posted on 22. May, 2013 by Hector Aviles.
Who? Lula Lounge quien? Yeah, I know! That’s what I said too…until I hit the “Play” button. Then I was drinking Cuban Salsa through a fire hydrant. Lula is a lounge in Toronto which hosts Latin music, particularly good Cuban Salsa music and Latin jazz. Lula’s Lounge is celebrating 10 years of hosting the best [...]
Posted on 19. May, 2013 by Hector Aviles.
Free music stream! Latino jazz musician Miguel Zenon continues to make headlines. NPR recorded a Live performance of his quartet at New York’s Village Vanguard and it’s free for you to enjoy the audio of it (link below). The Puerto Rican jazz and Latin jazz star performs with his talented quartet, which has been able [...]
We just learned through a news clip that Rafael Ithier and members of El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico visited ailing ex-member Eddie “La Bala” Perez, who has been hospitalized and is in the intensive care unit. El Gran Combo and Eddie Perez have a pending legal battle in court, as Eddie Perez filed a [...]
Latin music seems to have side-stepped the EP (Extended Play) albums altogether. I thought EP’s where a phenomenon of the digital age and iTunes. That EP meant “electronic play”. I learned I was way wrong, after reading a Wall Street article on the 50 years of the EP. The EP format, in which you normally [...]
Latin and Salsa music “sonera” Choco Orta released the new single “Killing Me Softly” in April 2013, which you can listen to in the link below. Choco sings the song in English within a Salsa music format, injecting acute “soneos” in both English and Spanish. “Killing Me Softly” is the short version of the title [...]
Draco Rosa’s all-duet album “Vida” was released in March 2013 to very high acclaim. Vida is both, a collection of some of Draco’s best hits, and duets with a who’s who in Latin music. Not many Latin music albums can enlist Latin music stars that go from Shakira to Tego Calderon. And in-between there is [...]
You might not recognize his name, but if you care about Latin music history perhaps you want to read below to learn about an important figure in Latin music, particularly the Bolero Filin. The news came out this week that Cuban Bolero songwriter Cesar Portillo de la Luz just passed away. Portillo de la Luz [...]
Posted on 09. May, 2013 by Hector Aviles.
Like many of you, I watched the Billboard Latin Music Awards in part to see and listen to Marc Anthony’s new Salsa music single “Vivir la Vida”. And although I disagree, I read news articles that considered Marc Anthony’s new single the musical highlight of the night. No doubt it is a good song, but [...]
Posted on 07. May, 2013 by Hector Aviles.
“Todo Corazon: The Tango Album” is a completely different experience than listening to Arturo Sandoval’s big band “Tango” album. “Todo Corazon” is a cozy and simplistic tango album where Mark Weinstein introduces jazz elements in 9 beautiful “tango” melodies. When the maestro Eddie Palmieri started his own band La Perfecta in 1961, Mark Weinstein formed a [...]