• Hall of Fame – A tribute to Dayme’ Arocena

    By: Natasha Archary      Singer, composer and choir director, Daymé Arocena intertwines her musical heritage from her native Cuba in a fusion of Afro-Jazz and Neo-Soul. Born and raised in Havana, her conservatoire training saw her being accepted at one of the country’s most prestig...

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  • Hall of Fame – A tribute to Omar Sosa

    By: Natasha Archary    Cuban born, multi-instrumentalist Omar Sosa is a prolific, Afro-Cuban jazz artist, pianist and performer lauded for his genre-bonding recordings that fuses Latin jazz and African traditions. Born on the 10, April 1965 in Camaguey, Cuba, his musical journey started at t...

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  • Afro-Cuban Hall of Fame – A tribute to Machito

    By: Natasha Archary    There are so many “urban legends” about how Latin music became embedded in America’s cultural mainstream. Perhaps the most common thread was in 1930 with Mario Bauza who introduced “Machito” to the New York jazz scene. Latin rhythms were not new to New Yorkers, it was ...

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  • Afro-Cuban Hall of Fame – A tribute to Dizzy Gillespie

    By: Natasha Archary    The birth of Afro-Cuban jazz can be traced to trumpeter Mario Bauza. Buaza introduced Dizzy Gillespie to the Cuban percussionist Chano Pozo in 1947-1948. In the late 40’s Stan Kenton integrated Latin rhythms to his music and Afro-Cuban jazz caught on as one of the most...

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