KIKI VALERA del ORIENTE DE CUBA a SEATTLE WASHINGTON EUA

Disfruta esta versión de CABALLO VIEJO, un Clasico Venezalono, compuesto por Simón Díaz y arreglado por Kiki Valera. Filmado en vivo en el Century Ballroom en Seattle, Washington, EUA, en DICIEMBRE de 2018.

Many Good Videos on KIKI’s YouTube Channel – Here’s one you may enjoy NOW!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS0vGGJkBd8

Kiki Valera is one of the most important Cuban Son artists, and is a virtuoso of the Cuban Cuatro, a modified TRES derived from the Spanish guitar.

El SON is a popular genre of Cuban music originating in the Eastern part of the Island nation of Cuba.

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Enjoy this version of Caballo Viejo, a Venezuelan Classic composed by Simón Diaz arranged by Kiki Valera.

Filmed Live at the Century Ballroom in Seattle, Washington in December, 2018.

Grabado y mezclado en FVM Studio, Seattle WA por Kiki Valera
Producido por Naomi Bierman Audiovisual – Carlos Tulloss and Astral Media Lab

Kiki Valera y su Son Cubano
Kiki Valera (Cuban cuatro), Carlos Cascante and Coco Freeman (lead vocals), Yanill Nario (bass), Pedro Vargas (congas),
Steve Guasch (bongos), Javier Marú (guitar), and Alfredo Polier (maracas).

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CUBA SENEGAL and VENEZUELA – UNITED WE SWING !

The Atlantic Ocean separates Cuba and Senegal, the respective birthplaces of piano virtuoso Omar Sosa and kora maestro Seckou Keita, a distance diminished by their shared ancestral connection to Africa.

When the pair met in 2012, Seckou loved Omar for his musical spirituality, while Omar saw in Seckou a rare ability to collaborate, without losing his identity.

Their debut album Transparent Water (2017) was hailed as “beautiful, rhapsodic, spiritual” (Songlines) and “mesmerising, evocative and sophisticated” (World Music Central).

SOSA has released over 30 albums during an incredible career that has included nominations for 7 GRAMMY or Latin GRAMMY Awards; Keita is a multi-award winner, as well, most recently as the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year (2019).

Recorded during lockdown, and to be released in OCTOBER this year 2021, Sosa and Keita’s second album SUBA is a hymn to hope, to a new dawn of compassion and real change in a post-pandemic world, a visceral reiteration of humanity’s perennial prayer for Peace and Unity.

Joining Omar and Seckou in the studio and for live performances is the inimitable Venezuelan percussionist, Gustavo Ovalles.

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I knew pianist OMAR SOSA playing with the band of Nueva Trova singer and songwriter VICENTE FELIU in HAVANA, CUBA, in the 1980s, then with singer XIOMARA LAUGART, whose live performances put him at the top of his popularity at that time strutting on many theaters, radio and TV shows.

Then SOSA came to live in SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, where he played and recorded abundantly.

Later on, he moved to Barcelona, Spain, where he has settled his headquarters.

I am proud to have seen him with a TRIO Live at the Blue Note jazz Club in New York City in 2009, featuring stellar Mozambique, bass player, singer, guru and multi-instrumentalist CHILDO THOMAS, and inimitable drummer JULIO BARRETO.

THE REST IS HISTORY, and SOSA with different ensembles of all sizes from Duos, Trios and Quartets, to Big Bands has recorded more than 30 albums.

I have some of them, as HE and his manager have always kept me posted. All those albums, which I will name in a new posting have been in my radio shows THE CUBAN BRIDGE and SABROSO GUARAPO, here in Vermont, USA.

Now, I am admiring OMAR SOSA – an illustrious son of the province of Camaguey, in Cuba, a province popular and famous also for having a BALLET COMPANY, VIRTUOSO SAXOPHONISTS, and first class musicians in any instrument, as well as a powerful BASEBALL TEAM since the 1960s.

ENJOY, OMAR SOSA on these two new albums with SECKOU KEITA and GUSTAVO OVALLES.

If you’re looking for more, I have just enjoyed his AFROCUBAN QUARTET LIVE IN HUNGARY, BUDAPEST in 2015, available on YouTube by Get Closer.

Omar Sosa (piano, keyboards and vocals), Childo Thomas (vocals, synths, and electric bass), Leandro Saint-Hill (saxophones) and Ernesto Sympson (drums). As you can read, 3 musicians were born in CAMAGUEY and one in MOZAMBIQUE!

PEACE IS ALL WE NEED

Yaron Gershovsky Musical Director and Pianist of The Manhattan Transfer

Yaron Gershovsky is the long-standing musical director and pianist/keyboardist of the vocal group The Manhattan Transfer.

In addition to touring and collaborating on all of their albums since 1980, highlights with The Manhattan Transfer include arrangements for the Grammy award-winning song “Why Not,”

Gershovsky has obtained further recognition on the Broadway stage as Musical Director in the productions of 39 (The Music of Harold Arlen), Tales of Manhattan (music by Lieber & Stoller), Romeo and Juliet, Smoky Joe’s Café, Bill Blatty’s John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!, the In Harmony and Volodya workshops; as well as vocal arranger for City of Angels, Song of Singapore, and Swing.

In April 2005, Yaron performed in Carnegie Hall under Michael Tilson Thomas, music director of the San Francisco Philharmonic Orchestra.

Yaron has recorded to great acclaim with artists such as Wayne Shorter, Lonnie Smith, Steve Gadd, Abraham Laboriel, Lew Soloff, Lou Marini, Janis Siegel, Ray Brown, Grady Tate, Don Sebesky, and the Count Basie Orchestra.

A veteran performer, his appearances with Richie Havens, Pharaoh Sanders, Stan Getz, Louie Belson, the Count Basie Orchestra, and others have garnered unanimous praise. His television credits include AT&T, Sarah Lee, Haagen Dazs, “48 Hours” on CBS, and the Discovery Cable Channel.

He co-produced The Manhattan Connection CD with Janis Siegel of The Manhattan Transfer; and arranged and performed on Johnny Mercer’s 100th Anniversary CD.

Gershovsky’s first solo CD, Personal Notes (2006) was described as “Direct and Catchy” (All About Jazz Magazine).

His second recording as a leader, State of Mind (2011), features guest appearances by The Manhattan Transfer and Janis Siegel. The album has been lauded as “a really excellent record” (Jessica Webster, WEMU/NPR).

Yaron Gershovsky currently tours with The Manhattan Transfer and is involved in a wide array of musical endeavors.

We will continue updating Mr. Gershovsky’s prolific life in music.
He will soon be in our HAVANA FAIRFAX CONECTION TV SHOW @ LCATV CHANNEL 1075 in Colchester Vermont , USA – in a show named PIANO SUMMIT with Antonio Adolfo (Brazil), Dave Bass and ….. Howe (USA), and Ernan Lopez-Nussa an Alexis Bosch (Cuba).
The Voices in our TV show, by Karrin Allyson and Karla Harris.
Peace Is All We Need

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Havana Fairfax Connection @ LCATV presents Rock Bro Part One A Cuban Rock’N Roll Story Never Told Before in North America!

ROCK BRO PART ONE  Closing with guitarist Dago Pedraja 

CD Nieve en La Habana  (Snow in Havana) Abdala Productions / Unicornio Records, 2002 

Cuba Disco Award Best Rock Album, 2003   Track  2 Hoy Te Quiero Hablar De Amor  

(Today, I want to speak about love with you) 

Dago on guitars and vocals with Abdel “Chernovil” Reyes (e-bass), Richard “Bonzai” Castillero (drums), Alexis Morejón (backing vocals and co-producer) and Instinto Rap Vocal Trio (Janet, Judith and Doricep) 

WHO IS DAGOBERTO PEDRAJA? 

Better known as DAGO,  he is an electric guitarist with a style of his own, following the lineage of the great virtuosi Rock Masters.

Born in Havana on 12 January, 1957, HE began learning the first chords by ear, in company of very close friends;  Jorge Chicoy and Jorge Fernández (aka Pepino / Cucumber), and many others from his borough in El Vedado, and learned the secrets of the guitar with David García “El Yako”, developing a peculiar line of studying,  becoming a successful self-taught Rock player.

As HE started to dig deeper, HE triggered the solos in albums of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Santana and Robin Trower,  and their records became a bigger part of his music diet.
   
BUT DAGO, never forgot his roots, also digging in albums by Manuel Galbán sideman of Los Zafiros Vocal Quartet and Senén Suárez.
  
SOON, HE built up his own sense of harmony and theory,  and turned those ideas into his compositions, including this disc’s title piece NIEVE EN LA HABANA – and the whole selection, plus other Indie Rock self-released albums like Bolero Hippie, Tropic Metal Trip, and Roca D’Almendra, which received the support of radio shows in Havana, and I have also aired some tracks in my radio shows in Burlington, Warren and Colchester, here in Vermont. 

THIRTEEN YEARS AFTER

Can remember Linking Mr. Beck – a Duet with guitarist Jorge Chicoy, which I hosted in a Community Radio in Warren and received many phone calls by listeners from Maryland as well !    
As you can read, it’s a Cuban Tribute to Jeff Beck ! 

FROM BEGINNERS TO PROS 

The end results, pack countless others with the likes of Los Planetarios, Crows, Black Grounds, Fa 5, Gens,  Silver Hammer,  Los Takson, Carlos Varela, Burbles, Extraño Corazón, Bolsa Negra, Estirpe, 1ra Generación,  Los Kents, Los Watts, David Blanco, Concerts at the John Lennon Park, Tribute to John Lord of Deep Purple and Whitesnake, up to his new band Cock-Tail founded in 2018. 

Also as a guest musician and producer with Elevense, Garage H, Coco Freeman, Adrián Morales, Patry White,  William Bonachea,  Paulito FG y su Elite, Orlando Sánchez, Angelito Bonne, Coral Arecho from Argentina, and countless Unreleased Indie Artists.

SEPTEMBER 2021 A FEW MILES AWAY FROM HAVANA

The time is right to tap into DAGO’S inimitable spirit. 

Rock Bro Project sounds like hope, like good things are happening to Cuban Rock in connection with other Rockers in the 7 continents, and to me, and all those who have stepped forward to record Via Zoom from their homes is so positive men !   

At the moment, DAGO is immersed in producing for singer Anabel López with the help of keyboardist Ricardo Eddy Martínez (Edito), drummer Jimmy Branly, bassists Arnaldo Jiménez and José Antonio Acosta, and lute king Barbarito Torres.  

At the time of these lines, Dagoberto Pedraja “Dago” and his band Cock-Tail have a Nomination to the Havana TV show Cuerda Viva (Live String).

A Hard Heavy version of GEORGE HARRISON’S WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS, will be hosted in our Rock Bro Part 2, featuring musicians from Cuba, the US and Germany, – because this ROCK BRO CONNECTION will never end !  

Special thanks to Opia Magazine for documenting what’s going on in CUBA.  

To Humberto Manduley for all his radio shows and books about Rock !

To DAGO his wife ILIANA, their sons, families and friends, which are hundreds supporting the cause.

To Leiser Lei in Miami for the Rock Bro Logo.

I would be remiss if I do not thank Rebecca Padula, of LCATV, our co-producer, editor and sound engineer on this and more than 89 episodes since June 2017.

To all the Public Access Channels in Vermont, the New England States, New York, New Jersey, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Ohio, California, Florida and Cuba.

EVERYBODY IS WATCHING US !

Since JULY, this year 2021, 18 PUBLIC ACCESS CHANNELS in MASSACHUSETSS and others in VERMONT, are replaying two of our recent episodes; Ofer Assaf Quartet Live in Stowe Jazz Fest , in Stowe, Vermont, and Nueva Trova singer and songwriter José Luis Barba with his Documentary CUBANOS !

MESSAGE FROM REBECCA

Hey Toni,

Here’s a list of the stations that have downloaded Cubanos. Lots from Massachussetts!

Boxford Cable Access TelevisionCATVCVTVDerry CAMGMATVHadley MediaHowards Grove Community ChannelICAM: Ipswich Community Access MediaLakeCAMMCTVNEK-TVProvincetown Community TelevisionSalem Access Television (MA)SAPA-TV, Springfield VTShirley Public Access CorporationTewksbury TelemediaVermont Access Network (VAN)WETC – Weymouth MA

-Rebecca 

THANKS to all the viewers online, from Colchester to Arkansas, Montreal, Spain, Rome, Île-de-France, Luxembourg and as far as Japan!

The sounds of ROCK have influenced my life since I was 11, I’m thrilled to be able to finally share these live performances on television with you.  Nothing can stop us now !  

PEACE IS ALL WE NEED   

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Artemis 8 Jazz Goddesses: A Female Jazz Super Group !

ARTEMIS on their self-title debut album for Blue Note Records.

The super group is founded and led by Canadian Renee Rosnes (piano), Melissa Aldana (tenor sax), Anat Cohen (clarinet), Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Noriko Ueda (bass), Allison Miller (drums) and Cecile McLorin Salvant (vocals).

Together, conjure a powerful, multi-generational, globe-spanning collective voice.

The 9-track project features material composed and arranged by the instrumentalist members that unfurls with a dynamic flow, stunningly eclectic yet entirely cohesive.

I have played their talented recordings on different projects on my radio show THE CUBAN BRIDGE SINCE 2008.

I could meet Ingrid Jensen, Cecile McClorin Salvant and Anat Cohen, playing at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, here in Vermont.

Unfortunately, I could not see Melissa Aldana, but have played her albums.

Allison Miller has been in my radio shows through the albums of pianist Linda Presgrave, and also on my TV show HAVANA FAIRFAX CONNECTION with guitarist Steve Cardenas Trio Live in Stowe Jazz Festival in Stowe, Vermont.

Noriko Ueda has been in my playlists with Divas Jazz Orchestra, a band led by drummer Sherrie Maricle, and with the Trio of Japanese pianist Takaaki Otomo.

Renee Rosnes, first with Brazilian songstress and guitarist-composer Joyce, since my hey days in Havana, in her album Tribute to Elis Regina, where Rosnes shares the seat with the late Mulgrew Miller, also with her husband-pianist Bill Charlap and Tony Bennett, and others.

McClorin Salvant with her awarded debut album and with violinist Federico Britos in a sensational Tribute to Stephane Grappelli as part of Britos’ powerful Hot Club of the Americas.

What a mix of groundbreaking recordings, torch songs, torch singing and playing. As a result the TORCHES are carried on the inside of each of these masters of jazz of different nationalities. The surface is so cool !

Toni Basanta

09/06/2021

THE CUBAN BRIDGE ON THE RADIO

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HAVANA FAIRFAX CONNECTION ON TV

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Mas acerca de Roseanna Vitro y su album Clarity Tributo a la Musica de Clare Fischer

Opiniones editoriales Product Description and yours truly appreciation

Edited by Toni Basanta

GRAMMY-nominated Vocalist supreme ROSEANNA VITRO puts her personal stamp on compositions by the late, great Clare Fischer. The pianist-composer-arranger penned richly harmonic, deeply melodic music; he was a pioneering composer of renown.

With their intricate structures and overlapping debts to Jazz, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music, and classical forms, Fischer’s tunes are challenging. However, Roseanna Vitro is one of the finest singers anywhere, and she rises to the occasion with a heartfelt tribute.

The gifted singer is backed by her working band by pianist-arranger Mark Soskin (Sonny Rollins sideman),  Sara Caswell (a member of Esperanza Spalding, Ja La La Vocal Trio and Marc O’Connors groups), violin, bassist Dean Johnson and drummer Tim Horner. To add a Latin and Caribbean touch, they are joined by percussionist Mino Cinelu.

CLARITY: MUSIC OF CLARE FISCHER includes several of his more widely known tunes, such as Morning (Una manana linda), Seagull and Pensativa, as well as lesser known gems like Take Your Breath And Sing (originally recorded in Portuguese with a vocal group).

Vitro provides new English lyrics to this and to Loves Walk, as well as to the swinging The Duke.

A non-Fischer composed tune, Web of Love is included; it is by Brazilian master and Fischer favorite Ary Barroso (Watercolors of Brazil).

Clare Fischer deliberately intended to expand the jazz repertoire according to Vitro. These incredible compositions are definitely worthy of inclusion, and obviously lend themselves to modern vocal interpretation. The voice of the remarkable Roseanna Vitro does Clare Fischer, and his beguiling songs, proud!

Review

Roseanna’s voice is better than ever, more personal, more HER like no one else can be. She’s mostly singing songs we haven’t heard before yet they sound so tunefully familiar. CLARITY, you’ll want to listen to it all again.

Michael Bourne —New York Jazz Radio DJ. wbgo

The gorgeous Web of Love (Inquietacao), the only song here not written by the subject of this tribute album, was a Fischer favorite. Originally written in 1935 by Brazilian composer Ary Barroso, this version has Roseanna singing English lyrics written by New Yorker Roger Schore, showcasing the full range of her voice from soaring highs to luxurious lows. Sarah Caswell contributes an outstanding violin solo that elevates the proceedings with its tenderness and lyricism.

– Bill Milkowski – Downbeat Magazine

Songs of love, requited or unrequited, don’t come any better than these. Each composition of Clare Fischer has an honorable history. Almost all have past associations with one of more significant names in music. The whole selection by Roseanna Vitro & Company, are torch songs that have melodic distinction, meticulously tailored and arranged by pianist Mark Soskin.

Toni Basanta – Music Host

The Cuban Bridge on the radio @ WWPV 92.5 FM The Mike, where this album has been featured abundantly in our Vocal Summits!

Havana Fairfax Connection @ LCATV both Channels in Colchester, Vermont, USA

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MEMORIAS DE MI RADIO SHOW THE CUBAN BRIDGE CON ROSEANNA VITRO Y SU ALBUM TRIBUTO A LA MUSICA DE CLARE FISCHER Parte 2

Quien es Roseanna Vitro ?

Biografía

Nacida en Hot Springs, Arkansas, el 28 de febrero de 1951, Vitro comenzó a cantar a temprana edad, se inspiró en el gospel, rock, rhythm and blues, el teatro musical y la musica clasica.

Durante la década de los 50, su padre era dueño de un club nocturno en Hot Springs que se llamaba The Flamingo.

A su padre le gustaba la música de Dean Martin y la opera, y su madre cantaba gospel. En la década de los 60, Roseanna estaba decidida a ser cantante de rock.​

Vitro escuchó jazz y se convirtió en su género de elección después de mudarse a Houston, Texas, en la década de los 70.

Ray Sullenger descubrió a Vitro y la presentó en Houston, donde cantaba con frecuencia con el saxofonista tenor Arnett Cobb.

Vitro trabajó durante dos años en The Green Room, en Houston, con su grupo “Roseanna with Strings and Things”, a la vez que presentaba un programa de radio en la emisora KUHF-FM.

Muchos músicos de jazz fueron invitados del programa como Cobb,  Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Tommy Flanagan, y Keter Betts. Cobb, Peterson, y Sullenger, la animaron a dedicarse a la música jazz.

En 1978, se trasladó a Nueva York con el guitarrista Scott Hardy y comenzó a estudiar con Gabor Carelli, un profesor de la Escuela de Música de Manhattan, y también comenzó a actuar con Kenny Werner y Fred Hersch.

Cantó con Lionel Hampton y más tarde se fue de gira con él.

Actuó en los clubes Blue Note, Iridium, Birdland, y Dizzy’s Jazz Club en el Lincoln Center.  

Actuó con Steve Allen  en The Town Hall y grabó un álbum con canciones de Allen.

En el 2005, actuo con Kenny Werner en el John F. Kennedy Center en Washington, DC.

A lo largo de su carrera ha colaborado con músicos como un QUIEN ES QUIEN de la Musica de Jazz:

Christian McBride, Elvin Jones, Gary Bartz, Kevin Mahogany, y David “Fathead” Newman, los cuales han aparecido en sus grabaciones.

Vitro es una activa intérprete en giras por los Estados Unidos y en el circuito de jazz internacional.

Fue invitada al programa Piano Jazz de Marian McPartland. Ha grabado diversos y aclamados CDs, entre los que destaca La Música de Randy Newman, que recibió 4 1/2 estrellas en la Revista Down Beat, y una nominación al Premio Grammyen la categoria de Mejor Album Vocal de Jazz en 2012.

Vitro ha enseñado Jazz Vocal en la Universidad Estatal de Nueva York at Purchase y en la actualidad ocupa un puesto de enseñanza en la Nueva Jersey City University y en el New Jersey Performing Arts Center, donde realiza talleres y clases magistrales.

YO la conoci a traves de su Disco Clarity Tributo a la Musica del pianista Clare Fischer.

Discografía

Sacada de La Enciclopedia de la Música Popular en la Oxford Music Online.

  • Listen Here (Texas Rose Music, 1984)
  • A Quiet Place (Skyline, 1987)
  • Reaching for the Moon (Chase Music, 1991)
  • Softly (Concord Jazz, 1994)
  • Passion Dance (Telarc, 1996)
  • Catchin’ Some Rays: The Music of Ray Charles (Telarc, 1997)
  • The Time of My Life: Roseanna Vitro Sings the Songs of Steve Allen (Sea Breeze, 1999; grabado en1986)
  • Conviction: Thoughts of Bill Evans (A Records 2001)
  • Tropical Postcards (A Records, 2004)
  • Live at the Kennedy Center (Challenge, 2006)
  • The Delirium Blues Project: Serve or Suffer (Half Note, 2008)
  • The Music of Randy Newman (Motéma, 2011)
  • Clarity: Music of Clare Fischer (Random Act 2014)

Premios y honores

  • 1998 – Introducida en el Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame con Bob Dorough y John Stubblefield.​
  • 2004 – Seleccionada como “U.S. Jazz Ambassador” por The John F. Kennedy Center y The U.S. State Department, ​y como artista invitada por The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad en 2009 con su banda JazzIAm.​
  • 2012 – Nominada al Grammy, Best Vocal Jazz Album por The Music of Randy Newman (Motéma Music, 2011)

Informacion tomada respetuosamente de Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia, sitio al que le agradezco siempre a la hora de preparar cada uno de mis programas en la radio y en la television.

Prometo una resena para ccada uno de los miembros del Quinteto de Roseanna Vitro en el album CLARITY TRIBUTO A LA MUSICA DE CLARE FISCHER

Toni Basanta

09/06/2021

Aprovechando las Buenas Memorias de Facebook !

Memorias de mi radio show The Cuban Bridge con Roseanna Vitro y su album Tributo a la Musica de Clare Fischer

Este es uno de los albumes mas bellos que he presentado en la radio !

Y siempre es un placer poder difundir el legado artistico y musical del inigualable pianista y compositor CLARE FISCHER, a quien mi amigo y musico Orlando Sanchez “Cuba Jazz”, lo considera EL KEITH JARRETT DE LA MUSICA LATINA.

Tengo varios albumes de CLARE FISCHER, y lo empece a conocer desde La Habana, a partir de su banda CLARE FISCHER with Salsa Picante and 2 + 2 – este ultimo un Cuarteto Vocal !

En esta fructufera asociacion procedente de la Costa Oeste, sobresale el sonido del saxofonista Gary Foster.

De Mr. FISCHER, HAY UN ALBUM DIRIGIDO y PRODUCIDO POR SU HIJO BRENT FISCHER, QUIEN TAMBIEN PARTICIPA EN EL ALBUM DE ROSEANNA VITRO, tocando el vibrafono.

Mas acerca de Roseanna Vitro y sus musicos acompanantes en el Homenaje a Clare Fischer, en un nuevo posting.

Cada uno es una institucion por si mismos.

Toni Basanta

The Cuban Bridge on the Radio, ojala los pueda algun dia presentar en mi programa de TELEVISION HAVANA FAIRFAX CONNECTION @ LCATV

http://lcatv.org/havana-fairfax-connection

Memories of my TV show The Cuban Bridge with Janine Santana

SEPT 3 – 2014

THE CUBAN BRiDGE @ MMCTV Channel 15 in Richmond, Vt. Fans, viewers, friends, musicians and dancers in the 5 continents are watching our programs. Janine Santana broadcaster and percussionist in the US wrote about Ep. # 31 ft. Giraldo Piloto “The Drummer Poet” Klimax & Friends :

J.S. : ” YES ! Wonderful Toni !!!!! I LOVE KLiMAX !

I was introduced to their music some time ago by Chuck Silverman. I play the music he brought me from Cuba on my show sometimes. This is just lovely !

Memorias de mi radio show The Cuban Bridge con Eight 02 Vermont Smooth jazz Group

El JUEVES 4 de SEPT de 2014 – hace solo 1 dia y un poquitico – hice uno de los mejores programas de mi carrera como radiodifusor. En mi programa THE CUBAN BRiDGE @ WWPV 8.7 FM “The Mike” – emisora del Saint Michael’s College tuve como invitados a los 4 Musicos de Eight 02.

Fui al estudio con mi maletin lleno de discos, – afines a cada uno de ellos, y les propuse que seleccionaran las piezas que mas le gustaban, y que a su vez las presentaran. Fue muy organico sin dudas.

Eight 02, habia regresado a Vermont desde Los Angeles, donde fueron a grabar en los Estudios del pianista Jeff Lorber, y junto a Lorber estaba otro idolo de Eight 02, el bajista Jimmy Haslip de Yellow Jackets en aquel entonces.

Fueron momentos de mucha emocion y de ideas futuras llenas de esperanzas, y por supuesto, radiamos esas nuevas grabaciones.

Desafortunadamente hoy Eight 02, ya no existe mas como Grupo en Activo. They are disbanded!

Yo tuve el gusto de trabajar varias veces con ellos en el Deli de Winooski, en 31 Main en Middlebury, en el Bar Antidote en Vergennes, y en North End Studios en Burlington, antes de su viaje a Bielorusia.

Uno de los 4 de JULIOS donde trabaje como Disc Jockey en Richmond, Vermont, probablemente en el 2014, abri mi presentacion con Chocolate Amber – un sabroso funk grabado por Eight 02 en vivo en el Shelburne Museum, y uno de los asistentes al evento me quiso comprar el disco.

El hombre se asombro al saber que este Cuarteto de Smooth Jazz era de Vermont. Yo solo tenia una copia conmigo, si no se la hubiera vendido, no para lucrar, sino para promover a mis amigos.

Toni Basanta