I am pleased to announce the return of Cuba's legendary Panart record label with the release of The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions box set. I co-produced the project and wrote the liner notes for the re-issue of these five albums on Craft Recordings. The pioneering Panart jam sessions, which were born as an all-night, rum-fueled party on a Havana night in 1956, marked a milestone for what would become known as Latin jazz.
Rising Latin music star Rosalía discovered flamenco as it boomed from the sound systems of cars at the park near her school. “They had these tricked-out speakers, and they would open all the doors,” she remembers.
Con motivo del centenario del nacimiento de Israel López – el gran Cachao – el actor americano de raíces cubanas Andy García recuerda su amistad con aquel “genio humilde” que conoció en Miami y se encargó de presentar a una nueva generación.
A great progressive soundtrack that goes beyond what you would expect for a mainstream show about a Latino motorcycle gang.
The 100th birthday of the infinitely inventive Cuban double bassist and mambo pioneer fell on the Eve of Hispanic Heritage Month. Here is my tribute in Billboard.
Game of Thrones introduced millions to the city of Girona when it was a key location for the series. In my case, it was Girona that introduced me to Game of Thrones. I binged watched the series when I was assigned to do this story for American Airlines´Nexos magazine.
In addition to its highly-curated lineup of international artists, this year’s Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona will feature prominent signage intended to discourage sexual aggression. Trained “anti-sexual harassment staff” will patrol the festival site.
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Published in Travel & Leisure en Español, this story from my archives recounts (in Spanish) my trip to Jamaica's Goldeneye, former home of James Bond writer Ian Fleming, where I met the great producer and label man Chris Blackwell, the current owner. It was one of my favorite reporting trips ever. (That's me enjoying the tropical life in the photo by Dani Balda.)
Omer Pardillo-Cid, Celia Cruz’s former manager and the executor of her estate, was unimpressed with the way the late Cuban icon had been presented in productions based on her life. Now, Pardillo, who describes Cruz as “a black woman, who was poor, who left Cuba and conquered the world,” is bringing the beloved singer’s official story to the stage.
En exclusiva para Radio Gladys Palmera, les presentamos un adelanto del texto que aparecerá en el box set físico escrito por Judy Cantor-Navas, co-productora de The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions, y el cual estará disponible a partir del 26 de octubre. La autora además nos ha seleccionado en una playlist temas de los álbumes originales de las descargas de Panart, los cuales se encuentran en la Colección Gladys Palmera.
José Feliciano to Sing 'Star-Spangled Banner, Donate Guitar at Smithsonian Citizenship Ceremony: Exclusive
José Feliciano revisits his controversial 1968 "Star-Spangled Banner" performance with a reprise at the Smithsonian. “I could be a sarcastic bastard and say it’s too little too late,” he told me. “But I’m grateful to the Smithsonian. this is a beautiful thing.”
There are some great music tours to Cuba being offered at the moment, ranging from scholarly immersions in Afro-Cuban rumba to tourist friendly tastes of the island's sounds.