Felix Contreras http://wrti.org en Paco De Lucia, Modern Superstar Of Flamenco, Dies http://wrti.org/post/paco-de-lucia-modern-superstar-flamenco-dies <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oyhlad64-s</p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 13:13:04 +0000 Felix Contreras 7053 at http://wrti.org Paco De Lucia, Modern Superstar Of Flamenco, Dies Arturo O'Farrill: Tiny Desk Concert http://wrti.org/post/arturo-ofarrill-tiny-desk-concert Latin jazz works best when the musicians involved are as fluent in Afro-Cuban rhythms as they are in the deep grooves and advanced harmonics of bebop. Sat, 14 Sep 2013 14:42:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 6464 at http://wrti.org Arturo O'Farrill: Tiny Desk Concert Marian McPartland, 'Piano Jazz' Host, Has Died http://wrti.org/post/marian-mcpartland-piano-jazz-host-has-died <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15123605/marian-mcpartland">Marian McPartland</a>, who gave the world an intimate, insider's perspective on one of the most elusive topics in music — jazz improvisation — died of natural causes Tuesday night at her home in Long Island, N.Y. She was 95.<p>For more than 40 years, she hosted <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/piano-jazz/">Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz</a>, an NPR program pairing conversation and duet performances that reached an audience of millions, connecting with jazz fans and the curious alike. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:04:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 6354 at http://wrti.org Marian McPartland, 'Piano Jazz' Host, Has Died 'A Walking Encyclopedia Of Rhythms': Remembering Steve Berrios http://wrti.org/post/walking-encyclopedia-rhythms-remembering-steve-berrios It is not easy to play both jazz drum set and Afro-Caribbean percussion. Lots of drummers do it, but few have mastered it in a way that makes their sound in either style unmistakable from the first beat.<p>The music community lost one of those true innovators Wednesday with the death of percussionist Steve Berrios in New York at age 68. Berrios could move seamlessly from jazz to Afro-Cuban rhythms in a way that perfectly reflected his bicultural roots.<p>Berrios was a true Nuevoriqueño, born in New York in 1945 to parents who had recently arrived from Puerto Rico. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 6248 at http://wrti.org 'A Walking Encyclopedia Of Rhythms': Remembering Steve Berrios Omar Sosa & Paolo Fresu: Tiny Desk Concert http://wrti.org/post/omar-sosa-paolo-fresu-tiny-desk-concert You don't really listen to an <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/102876394/omar-sosa">Omar Sosa</a> concert so much as experience it. The Cuban-born pianist's overall demeanor exudes a sense of calm and deep reflection, while a spiritual connection to music and his ancestors comes through in his piano playing.<p>You can hear Sosa draw on more than 100 years of Cuban piano in the recognizable rhythms of his country's music. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:25:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 5436 at http://wrti.org Omar Sosa & Paolo Fresu: Tiny Desk Concert Tito Puente: 90 Years Of Getting People To Dance http://wrti.org/post/tito-puente-90-years-getting-people-dance The percussionist and bandleader <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15404859/tito-puente" target="_blank">Tito Puente</a> would have celebrated his 90th birthday this weekend on April 20. And the recently released box set <em>Quatro: The Definitive Collection</em> is a great place to start celebrating the once and forever King of Latin Music. It captures the driving sound of big band mambo and cha-cha-cha that launched people onto dance floors for decades.<p>When he died in 2000 at age 73, the New York City native had more than 100 recordings to his name. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 20:05:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 5432 at http://wrti.org Tito Puente: 90 Years Of Getting People To Dance Renaud Garcia-Fons: Tiny Desk Concert http://wrti.org/post/renaud-garcia-fons-tiny-desk-concert Double bassist Renaud Garcia-Fons was destined to create music that spans genres and borders: He was born in France to a family with roots in the Catalonia region of Spain, and he's fluent in French, Spanish and English. Classical, jazz and flamenco represent equal parts of his musical DNA, and his technique reflects the delicate arco stylings of concert halls, the deep groove of jazz and the raw vitality of flamenco.<p>This appearance behind Bob Boilen's desk captures more than just Garcia-Fons' masterful technique. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:23:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 4350 at http://wrti.org Renaud Garcia-Fons: Tiny Desk Concert