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2010-07-16 15:10:00

NEW YORK, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Lawyers of 1-800-Cantaso, along with New York State Senate President Malcolm A. Smith, Assemblywoman Carmen E. Arroyo, and Tito Puente, Jr., are pleased to announce an upcoming tribute concert dedicated to the memory of NYC Latin music legend Tito Puente. 1-800-Cantaso is working with local officials to organize the concert as a public service event to the thousands of fans who continue to be inspired by Puente's music a decade after his passing. The...

2009-12-23 13:15:00

TEMECULA, Calif., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- From July 9th to 11th in the Southern California Wine Country City of Temecula, thousands will converge to celebrate the "first lady of song," Ella Fitzgerald, the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums. She worked with all the jazz greats, from Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Nat King Cole to Frank Sinatra, Dizzy...

2009-01-26 07:00:00

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- On February 8, 2009, two band leaders will be seated side by side at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony hoping their combined efforts will result in an award for the "Best Latin Jazz Album" of 2008. Dave Samuels of Caribbean Jazz Project and Joe McCarthy and his Afro Bop Alliance have already landed a 2008 Latin Grammy for their album entitled Afro Bop Alliance. Last year, their two great bands joined forces to make some exceptional music,...

2008-10-06 18:00:22

By Amelia A. Hart FERNANDINA BEACH - Salutes to musical giants Tito Puente and Ray Charles are among the highlights of the fifth annual Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival, which kicks off Sunday with a free concert in Amelia Park. Drummer DeMerle said the festival continues to grow, this year adding a Latin music night for the first time and expanding its slate of educational programs and workshops at area schools and senior centers. The 2008 festival also will distribute proceeds...

2008-09-08 06:00:14

By Marc Horne IT SOUNDS like the most unlikely musical collaboration since David Bowie teamed up with Bing Crosby. But percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie has revealed plans to perform with rap hell-raiser Eminem. The classically trained Scottish virtuoso grew up on a idyllic Aberdeenshire farm, while the US hip-hop star had a chaotic upbringing in a tough inner-city trailer park. Despite their chalk and cheese backgrounds and styles, Glennie is convinced the pair could make beautiful...

2008-07-17 21:00:26

By MARLI LEE McGARRAH Musicologist and legendary percussionist Mickey Hart is still casting waves in the music industry after more than 40 years in the business! This former Grateful Dead drummer is now juggling two projects, the Rhythm Devils and the Mickey Hart Band, and he's not about to stop adding more to his plate. In 2006 Hart and his drumming partner in crime, Bill Kreutzmann, also a former drummer of the Grateful Dead, came together to start the Rhythm Devils. Named after their...

2008-06-27 06:02:38

By MARTIN LONGLEY AVERITABLE frenzy of intricately slapped Indian percussion descends on the Midlands next week. Tabla player Zakir Hussain will be fronting a group of drummers and dancers at Birmingham Town Hall on Wednesday. He's a player who commands complete respect in the spheres of both jazz and Indian classical music. Okay, so this Masters of Percussion concert will probably not boast any direct jazz content, but Hussain is a musician who will be familiar to most lovers of the...

2006-02-21 20:55:50

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Ray Barretto, a percussionist and bandleader who was a pioneer of the Latin jazz and salsa movements, died February 17 in a New Jersey hospital of complications from quintuple bypass surgery he underwent last month. He was 76. Known as "King of the Hard Hands," Barretto recorded at least 50 albums in a career spanning more than 40 years. His hard, compelling playing style has graced the recordings of saxophonists Gene Ammons, Lou Donaldson and Sonny...

2006-02-17 15:00:33

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ray Barretto, the Latin conga drummer best known for his 1960s hit "El Watusi," died on Friday at a New Jersey hospital, a family spokesman said. He was 76. Barretto died at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey, George Rivera said in a statement. Barretto had undergone heart bypass surgery in January, according to press reports. Music critics said Barretto was key to the introduction of the driving salsa beat of the conga drum to jazz...


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