The Offense of the Drum has been nominated for best Latin jazz album. The orchestra incorporates harp, turntables and 28 types of percussion including timbales to djembe. The work “They Came” features Christopher “Chilo” Cajigas celebrates Puerto Rican contributions to America.
This album makes a great holiday gift. Click below to order yours today.
About The Artist:
“The GRAMMY award winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra ALJO, led by pianist, composer, and director Arturo O’Farrill, brings together the drama of big band jazz, the culture of Latin music, and the virtuosity of eighteen of the world’s most accomplished solo musicians. Twelve years of critically acclaimed performances internationally, have firmly established the ALJO as the standard-bearer for creative interpretation of Latin jazz greats such as Tito Puente, Frank “Machito” Grillo, and Chico O’Farrill, as well as the driving force behind new commissions from Latin music’s most talented composers and arrangers.
Presenting programs that range from the very best in dance music sure to bring audiences to their feet, to repertoire that pushes the genre forward, the ALJO commissions and performs innovative compositions and big band arrangements by Vijay Iyer, Miguel Zenón, Dafnis Prieto, Guillermo Klein, Pablo Mayor, Arturo O’Farrill, Michele Rosewoman, Emilio Solla, Papo Vazquez, and many others.
The orchestra’s debut album Una Noche Inolvidable was a 2006 GRAMMY nominee and their second; Song for Chico ZOHO won the Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year in 2008. ALJO’s third album, 40 Acres and a Burro, ZOHO was a 2012 Grammy nominee for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. The ALJO has thrilled audiences at Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center OUt of Doors, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Boston Symphony Hall, Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, the Litchfield Jazz Festival Kent, CT, The Joyce Theater with Ballet Hispanico, Rialto Center for the Performing Arts Atlanta, GA, Mahalia Jackson Theater – with Ballet Hispanico New Orleans Megaron Concert Hall Athens, Greece, and the Taichung Jazz Festival Taichung, Taiwan, among countless other venues.
The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is an artist-in-residence at the Harlem School of the Arts.”
via The Orchestra | Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra | ALJO | Afro Latin Jazz Alliance | Brooklyn | New York City.
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The MacArthur Foundation named 21 “extraordinarily creative people” as the 2014 recipients of its annual MacArthur Fellows Program—widely referred to as the “genius” grants.
Four African Americans are among this year’s consortium.
These individuals were nominated by an anonymous and esteemed group of people who are experts in their fields. The fellows had to demonstrate not only that they are brilliant self-starters in their respective professions but also that they are pushing the limits on future work that has “the potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work,” the foundation’s site reads.
via 4 Black People Named as Recipients of the 2014 MacArthur Fellowship – The Root.
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As part of its Birthday Tribute to talented Jazz musicians, La Maison dArt Gallery & Elise Woods Quartet is pleased to pay tribute to the famous:Horace Silver, Jazz Pianist and Composer Sept. 2, 1928- June 18, 2014.
Horace Silver would have been 86 years-old on Sept. 2.
Location: La Maison dArt Gallery 259 West 132nd St., NY Between Adam Clayton Powell & Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Musicians:Steve Williams, Drums; James Weidman , Piano; Harvie S, Bass; Elise Wood, Flutes.
The event will include a short documentary about the Great Horace Silver.
Complimentary Wine Bar & Appetizers..
Horace Silver is known for his distinctive playing style and pioneering compositional contributions to hard bop.
He was influenced by a wide range of musical styles, notably gospel music, African music, and Latin American music, and sometimes ventured into the soul jazz genre.
To learn more about Horace Silver go to http://www.horacesilver.com/
via Jazz Birthday Series – Elise Woods Quartet Honoring Horace Silver, Jazz Pianist & Composer.
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Sundae Sermon is back this Sunday in Harlem!
Hosted by Bevy Smith (Bravo Fashion Queens).
Featuring a special performance by the cast of Mighty Real showcasing the life of dance music’s one and only Sylvester. And of course music by our favorite DJ Stormin’ Norman and his friends.
For those of you not familiar with Sylvester, know this. On September 20, 2004, Sylvester’s anthem record, “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real),” was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame. A year later, on September 19, 2005, Sylvester himself was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame for his achievement as an artist. An activist who campaigned against the spread of HIV/AIDS, Sylvester died from complications arising from the virus in 1988. HOWEVER – his trailblazing style and his love of life and music lives on in events like Sundae Sermon. Which is one of the many reasons why Sundae Sermon matters.
We hope the community’s love for this event – recently featured in a leading NYC publication thanks to Michael Feeney, helped in some small way to tip the scales in the event’s favor.
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Ring The Alarm!!! Your favorite sound is playin!!
Celebrate all things Caribbean at The Sweet Spot Festival
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2nd
Pack your picnic blanket, cooler & solo cups & join us for Jamaican Indepen-DANCE
Featuring music by resident Herbert Holler & NYC Champion Sound RICE &PEAS: DJ Gravy, Max Glazer, Orijahnal Vibez & Micro Don
The Sweet Spot Pop-Up Market returns with an array of food, vintage and craft vendors.
Performance by Nardo Ranks
Free Dance Hall Moves session by Tanisha Scott
Plus Free kids art workshops by The Laundromat Project
This celebration of life is made possible by LMCC, & Presented by Summer on the Hudson in partnership with NYC Parks and Riverside Park Conservancy #SOH #SweetSpotFestival #WHPP
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The Make Music New York Festival is on this Saturday, June 21st. Enjoy FREE live music in the streets of Harlem! See flyer for details.
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Vocalist and chekere player Eladio “Don Pancho” Terry, one of the most revered figures of AfroCuban folkoric and traditional music, and the patriarch of the Terry family, will be reunited in concert with his sons, jazz saxophonist YOSVANY TERRY and bassist YUNIOR TERRY. Together they create a journey through Cuba’s musical history — from AfroCuban folklore to the charanga music of Cuba’s “golden age” of the 1940s to cutting-edge Latin jazz.
Eliado “Don Pacho” Terry: Vocals & Chekere; Yosvany Terry: Saxophones & Chekere; Yunior Terry:Bass; Osmany Paredes: Piano; Javier Porta: Flute; Lidia Cabrera: Vocals.
The newly refurbished, historical Minton’s Playhouse is hosting the JC Hopkins Biggish Band featuringQueen Esther for a residency of Wednesday gigs starting on May 7th. Grammy nominated JC Hopkins and his ensemble of pedigreed jazz musicians swing hard and passionately through original material penned by Hopkins but also feature Bop tunes initially crafted at Minton’s back in the day by Thelonious Monk, Bird and Diz, expanded for a semi-big jazz conglomeration.
Queen Esther, with sass and finesse fronts the band, with her evocative voice and massive range, interpreting new material as well as covering lesser-known songs from Billie Holiday’s canon. Each night is expected to be a real happening.
Doors open at 6:00pm.
Performances from 7pm-11pm.
Music charge: $10 at the bar, $20 at a table.
Dinner reservations are recommended.
Tuesdays & Wednesdays at Minton’sFood and Beverage: Bar Seating is $10 per person, table seating is $20 per person.
Gentlemen: Jackets are recommended.
FOR MORE DETAILS: Tuesdays & Wednesdays at Minton’s – May 27 & 28.
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Sweet Spot Festival is back! Sunday, May 25th this holiday weekend there is something for everyone check out the vendors and great music line-up on the photo below. You can also see more on there website as well as upcoming events sweetspotfestival.com
West Harlem Pier is located at 125th Street and West Side, just opposite of the Fairway. Be sure to stop by and check it out this Sunday from 2-9pm. See you there!
DANCE! MUSIC! SHOP! RELAX!
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Your spirit will soar! You’ll clap your hands! You’ll shout for joy!
The SymphoNYChorus presents the best of gospel and spirituals.
LET ME FLY
Songs of Struggle and Victory
Friday, May 9, 8pm
St. Andrew’s Harlem- 127th St. and 5th Ave.
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