Historical Latin jazz in book, CD compilation

June 27, 2013

Cover of Basilio Serrano’s book about Juan Tizol

Puerto Rican-born valve trombonist Juan Tizol was a major force in Duke Ellington’s orchestra.  With his classical training, an ability to transpose on the spot, skills as a copyist, sight-reader, proofreader of scores and as a composer, he was indispensable to the band.  He also was the practical joker of the outfit, employing tricks involving firecrackers and itching powder.  This led to the famous on-stage dispute that resulted in bassist Charles Mingus being fired from the orchestra.

Tizol was also quite possibly the father of Latin Jazz, as his compositions for Ellington like “Porto Rican  Chaos” and “Caravan” pre-date both Mario Bauza’s “Tanga” and the Dizzy Gillespie/Chano Pozo landmark “Manteca.”

Author Basilio Serrano is an educator and historian who highlights the contributions of Puerto Rican musicians.  The book Juan Tizol-His Caravan Through American Life and Culture provides a look at a rich and overlooked history.

Tito Puente Quatro The Definitive Collection

Tito Puente Quatro
The Definitive Collection

Tito Puente was  a King (El Rey) of Latin Jazz and dance music, performing and recording prolifically for 50 years.  With this 5 CD set, Tito Puente Quatro: The Definitive Collection  it’s possible to track the history of this music in the US from its beginnings as novelty acts, through the mambo mania years, to the intricate mixture of Latin and jazz that finally won respect from the jazz leaders of the day.  The collection includes 4 of Puente’s albums from 1956 to 1960, another disc of alternate takes, and extensive liner notes, photos and artwork.

Listen for historic and modern Latin Jazz on Jazz Caliente, Thursdays at 2pm on KPLU’s Mid Day Jazz!


Posted in Jazz Caliente

Hilton Ruiz tribute, Arsenio Rodriguez honored

June 6, 2013
Comments Off on Hilton Ruiz tribute, Arsenio Rodriguez honored

Hilton Ruiz

Latin Jazz pianist Hilton Ruiz died in New Orleans in 2006 from unexplained injuries.  He left behind an unfinished musical project that was to have benefited Hurricane Katrina victims.

Marco Matute has launched a PledgeMusic project that will produce the CD that Hilton intended, along with a documentary film about Hilton Ruiz.  Here’s a preview:

Arsenio Rodriguez credit:

Arsenio Rodriguez

Arsenio Rodriguez was the Cuban tres player, composer and bandleader who is credited with developing the son montuno, which evolved into modern salsa music.

Today, residents of the Bronx, music fans and community historians gathered to celebrate the renaming of the intersection of Intervale Ave. and Dawson St. in the Longwood neighborhood in honor of the great musician.  Rodriguez lived in the neighborhood and worked in the clubs in that area after he came to the US in the 1950s.

The Bronx is known as the “Borough of Salsa.

    June 2013
    M T W T F S S
    « May   Jul »

    Robin’s Nest

    A blog about Jazz, Blues, Latin Jazz, New Orleans, musician's stories and more. My name is Robin Lloyd and I've been involved in jazz radio and the music business for over 30 years. This is my personal blog.

    Jazz April


%d bloggers like this: