Latin Jazz

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Celebrated Chilean vocalist Claudia Acuna’s acclaimed new release Turning Pages serves as her reintroduction to the music world after a decade-long hiatus. Known for thriving at the cusp of jazz and Latin American music, Claudia will bring her band, and unique style, to visit host J. Michael Harrison on Friday, November 22nd at 4 PM in the WRTI Performance Studio. This will be an intimate performance ahead of her appearance at South Jazz Parlor later that evening.

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The celebrated dynamic duo of Cuban-born pianist Axel Tosca and his vocalist mother, Xiomara Laugart, known as the "Voice of Cuba," visit with J. Michael Harrison in the WRTI Performance Studio on Friday, October 18th at 4 PM in advance of their highly anticipated return to @Exuberance.

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Philadelphia-based percussionist, composer and educator Arturo Stable is originally from Santiago de Cuba.  He's performed with an impressive roster of artist including Paquito D'Rivera, Esperanza Spalding, Yosvany Terry, Elio Villafranca, Christian McBride and Gonazlo Rubalacaba.  Arturo can also be heard on Terri Lyne Carrington's 2013, Grammy winning recording Money Jungle.

Dayramir Gonzalez

Cuban-born pianist Dayramir Gonzalez and his trio brought the house down during a performance in Philadelphia last July featuring music from his 2018 release, The Grand ConcourseThe winner of three Cubadisco awards joins J. Michael Harrison in the WRTI Performance Studio on Friday, June 14th at 4 PM in advance of his highly anticipated return to @exuberance that evening.

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February 4, 2019. There are great instrumentalists who are adequate vocalists and terrific singers who can play a few notes, but it’s rare to find an artist who does both—play and sing—with virtuosity. Cuban-born flutist and vocalist, Magela Herrera, is one of these musical unicorns. In her debut album as a leading lady, Explicaciones, Herrera lets her versatile musicianship do all the necessary explanation.

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November 12, 2018. Bronx native Carlos Henriquez has been a force-to-be-reckoned with since he picked up a bass during middle school. He has toured and performed with some of the best. Now, on Dizzy Con Clave: Live from Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the best are performing with Henriquez as the leader, paying homage to the great Dizzy Gillespie.

Week of February 26, 2018. Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933: El Eco With Guillermo Nojechowicz. In his latest album, Argentine-born drummer and composer Guillermo Nojechowicz creates an expansive soundscape inspired his grandmother’s journey from Warsaw to Buenos Aires to escape rising anti-Semitism.

Many jazz pianists play tunes from the Great American Songbook, that beloved canon of standards from the early 20th century. But pianist Edward Simon has chosen to focus on another great collection of American standards for his newest album, Latin American Songbook.

On a recent Friday night in downtown Miami, restaurant tables were full in an outdoor plaza. There were well-dressed couples, children running around and a complimentary rum tasting. And on stage, leading a sextet and playing his white electric violin, was 76-year-old Federico Britos. He's one of the premier violinists of Latin jazz, with a career spanning more than 60 years. But even among jazz aficionados, he's not well-known.