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Ray Mantilla continues to raise the bar for Latin jazz while he welcomes you to the land of rhythm and groove with The Connection!
Ray Mantilla is the "connection" as referenced in this aptly titled release from Savant. At 79, Mantilla is that all important standard bearer for the connection between the jazz he cut his teeth on and the Afro-Caribbean rhythms that make up his musical DNA. The Latin flip side to the great Art Blakey, Mantilla has a keen eye for young talent and this dynamic septet includes some of the finest up and coming players not just on the Latin scene but in jazz today. Walking the sonic tightrope between his Puerto Rican roots and the Afro-Caribbean vibe made famous during his stint with Gato Barbieri, Mantilla is making music his way and with stellar results.
Seattle Latin/Jazz artist Elspeth Savani combines her love of Cuban, Mexican and Brazilian music together to make some amazing Latin Jazz fusion.
Praise for Singer Elspeth Savani:
"Her Latin jazz exploration of mostly original compositions, might surprise some. What shouldn't be a surprise is the high degree of artistry that Savani continues to weave into her work. Flights of Mind / Pensamiento En Vuelo is a relaxed gem of a session, made possible with the help of pianist Julio Jáuregui, trombonist Chris Stover, bassist Jeff Norwood, percussionists Jeff Busch and Tom Bergersen and others. Savani's lovely, soothing voice -- at times with just a hint of melancholy -- is just what the doctor ordered. She sings in Spanish, English, and, on Portas, Portuguese. This one, folks, is a much needed respite from the daily grind.
Very highly recommended. – Descarga, September 2011
"The band is swinging...but never overshadowing the beauty of Savani's voice..."
-O's Place Jazz Magazine, September 2011.
“…a spot-on-key singer who interprets nine tunes flawlessly in
Spanish, Portuguese and English…” - Jazz Society of Oregon, August 2011.
“You really have to applaud this kind of ingenuity. She sings, she swings and the set cooks. Who’d have thought civil rights jazz could ever sound like this? Wild stuff.”
– Midwest Jazz Review, July 2011.
Claudia Salguero is an award-winning photo-fine-artist who blends photography, digital and traditional art creating a surreal mix of energies.
Born in Colombia and a graduate of Arts from the University of Bogota, Claudia came to Canada in 2001.
After years working as visual artist and professional photographer, Claudia became fascinated by the boundless possibilities of digital art and in 2006 she decided to complement her natural palette with the digital brushes of Corel’s Painter Digital Art Studio. Later in that year she would win 1st Place Fine Arts Category in the internationally recognized Black and White Spider Awards, the leading international award honoring black and white photography, in London, England.
Her mastery in Painter earned her a place in Corel’s elite group of 35 Painter Masters from around the world. She is one of only three Painter Masters in Canada the sole member from Latin America.
She has been featured in publications in Canada, Spain, England and Colombia as well as in Ottawa-based television shows like Regional Contact and Ottawa Living. Claudia teaches digital art workshops in her studio and regularly makes presentations about her art at professional conferences and artist associations in Canada and Latin America.
A multi-talented artist, backed by her own band Claudia is also a Latin Jazz singer. Footage of her shows can be found in YouTube under ‘Claudia Salguero’.
Claudia Salguero is represented by Michael Gennis Galery in Ottawa, Ambiance Gallery in Montreal and Broadway Gallery in NYC.
Five-time Grammy nominee Wayne Wallace is one of the more respected exponents of African American-Latin music in the world today. He is known for the use of traditional forms and styles, in combination with contemporary music, and has earned recognition with his recent placement in the Downbeat Critics Polls under the trombone and producer categories.
Mr. Wallace has performed, recorded and studied with acknowledged masters of Afro-Latin Jazz such as Aretha Franklin, Bobby Hutcherson, Earth Wind and Fire, Pete Escovedo, Santana, Whitney Houston, John Lee Hooker, Con Funk Shun, and many others. This experience has provided a solid foundation for his current explorations of the intersections of diverse cultural styles, and rhythmic concepts.
Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Mr. Wallace was exposed to various genres of music at an early age. The fertile musical environment of the San Francisco Bay Area shaped his career in a unique way. His studies of Afro-Latin music and Jazz have included several trips to Cuba, New York, and Puerto Rico.
Mr. Wallace is widely respected as a teacher and historian. He’s currently an instructor at San Jose State and Stanford Universities and the Jazzschool in Berkeley. He has conducted lectures, workshops and clinics in the Americas and Europe. Currently he is a member of the Advisory Committees of the San Jose Jazz Society and the Stanford Jazz Workshop. As the head of his own record label, Patois Records, Wayne has created a unique company with a passionate mission of developing and chronicling the multi-lingual styles of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. Patois Records is gaining attention in the industry and internationally. Under his direction the label has released 10 different recordings to critical acclaim. The label's oeuvre currently contains recordings by Mr. Wallace, Marc and Paul van Wageningen, vocalists Kat Parra, Alexa Weber-Morales, and Kristina.
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This Sunday will be a first for CATHARSIS and Is That Jazz Radio. Tune in as we go on the road to the home of one The Last Poets, Abiodun. Thats right, we will be broadcasting live from Harlem NYC at the home of Abiodun Oyewole. Time 8:30PM EST
National recording artist for Innervision Records and guitarist for Maxi Priest, Guitarist JJ Sansaverino returns with his latest release Waiting For You, dedicated to his friend, drummer Ricky Lawson,and featuring Ze Luis, Gary Stanionis and Vivian Sessoms.
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Join Constance as she interviews Minista Jazz as they share about how to turn your Test into a Testimony. Minista Jazz is is a Thought Leader for the next generation. She has toured with Madonna and Miley Cyrus and was the winner of The Reality Show - The Hair Battle Spectacular on The Oxygen Network. She will be sharing universal metaphysical principles that you can implement into your life and will be launching her new hypnotic affirmation recording. www.ministajazz.com
One of the most stylish and creative lead bassists of this wonderful time in C-jazz is the rising star Julian Vaughn whose fluid bass runs and compositions always seem to hit that special nerve in you that’s reserved for the smooth groove. Here on his latest released,Limitless, he continues to serve it up in abundance.
Bringing in a few luminaries from his Trippin N Rhythm/Cutmore Records family (saxmen Lebron and Darren Rahn, keyboardist Nicholas Cole, and flutist Althea Rene) along with saxmen Marcus Anderson and Elan Trotman, the bassist loads up with heavy grooves and romantic seductions.
The up-tempo but easy ridin’ lead track “Ride Along” firmly complements tracks like the energetic “Initiate” and calls a cool timeout for the fluid entrance of the more laid back romance-laden offering “All to Myself” and the mid-tempo R&Bish “Ecstacy.”
Vaughn’s wonderful tribute to the late great Wayman Tisdale shows how much of an impact the jovial and greatly talented Tisdale had on Vaughan.
We all love a great up-tempo jam, and Vaughn certainly offers his share here, but his skill with crafting slow- to mid-tempo tracks with tons of melody like the previously mentioned “All to Myself,” “I Will,” and “Say Yes” is equally as powerful and full of charm.
Here is a bassist who is doing it the right way…feeling the genre and the groove and how it moves him and his music to always strive for excellence. As the album title could imply, his potential is truly Limitless. – Ronald Jackson, The Smooth Jazz Ride.
In Los Artist's Radio Season II premiere, an interview with San Antonio FIlmmaker, Sam Lerma, we are happy to invite our LA Radio audience back for another great season. Sam Lerma has worked professionally in the Film/TV industry for the past 13 years. He has worked as a news photographer and video editor and also works professionally as a writer/director/editor. Sam writes all of his own films. Coming off of his most recent picture release at San Antonio's Cinefestival, "Squeezebox", Sam Lerma joins us for the adventure of his work and how it all goes down.
Sam's films have screened at the Los Angeles International Latin Film Festival, The New York International Latino Film Festival, SXSW, Dallas Video Festival, San Antonio Film Festival, San Francisco Int'l Latino Film Festival, and many more.
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