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Jimmy Norman / Aug 12, 1937 - Nov 8, 2011

Jimmy Norman / Aug 12, 1937 - Nov 8, 2011

The unsung Jimmy Norman displayed his creativity in many different places during a long career largely underknown to the general public. He was perhaps most identifiable as a lyricist and songwriter, working with Bob Marley, Eddie Palmieri, Johnny Nash, Irma Thomas, Jimi Hendrix, Peter Tosh, Shorty Rogers and others. Born in Nashville, he grew up on the West Coast and started singing and recording with local doo-wop group The Chargers, including Jesse Belvin's "Dandilyon". (It was Belvin who spotted them and recommended them to RCA Victor. He did a bunch of touring as a musician in the '50s and wrote...

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Locobeach at Barbès 7/24/17

Locobeach at Barbès 7/24/17

On Monday July 24, at 9:30 pm come see LOCOBEACH in Brooklyn! Every Monday night at Barbès the Tropical Vortex series showcases bands and DJs who specialize in variations on tropical sounds from Latinolandia and elsewhere. This week Peace & Rhythm recording artist Locobeach brings a new tropical hybrid of psychedelic cumbia & disco (with a little electro, dub, funk, chicha & surf thrown in for good measure) featuring members of Los Crema Paraíso, La Muy Bestia Pop, and Chicha Libre. Plus Peace & Rhythm DJ Crew Andujar & Bongohead will spin a Rumba Sicodélica set between sets and after!  Barbès 376 9th St. (corner of 6th Ave.), Park Slope, Brooklyn NY 11215 Tel:...

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Cal Tjader / July 16, 1925 - May 5, 1982

Cal Tjader / July 16, 1925 - May 5, 1982

Happy birthday to the great vibraphonist Cal Tjader! A gringo who contributed greatly to the development and popularity of Latin-jazz and was an architect of what became known as "Latin rock". He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and learned to tap-dance and play piano & drum kit at an early age. He played Dixieland as a teenager and formed a group with then-unknown Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond, with Tjader playing kit. He cut his first disk with Fantasy in '52 and soonafter joined George Shearing's group. Tjader and bassist Al McKibbon encouraged Shearing to hire percussionists...

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Sabu Martinez / July 14, 1930 - Jan 13, 1979

Sabu Martinez / July 14, 1930 - Jan 13, 1979

Happy birthday to the great left-handed conguero Louis "Sabu" Martinez, a star who burned out way too quick, much of it due to heroin addiction. NYC-born, he started playing professionally at the age of 11 after learning rhythm by playing tin cans. After a stint in Puerto Rico he was back in NYC, replacing the Cu-bop OG Chano Pozo in the Dizzy Gillespie orchestra in '48 (he got his "Sabu" nickname from Diz) and joining the Benny Goodman band the following year. He worked with Art Blakey off-and-on from 1946-59, appearing on his ground-breaking Afro-percussion records and several Jazz Messengers...

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FULASO The rumba is here. La rumba que tumba.

FULASO The rumba is here. La rumba que tumba.

“New York is a great place for Latin music today." — Erica Ramos Enlace Funk No. 56, 2017 For some time now it seems that the new Latin sounds coming out of NYC have been in good health. The ‘Latin Resistance’ – made of sounds that were born in the city of New York – continues to occupy its share within the larger urban underground scene of genuine and authentic music made in the USA, offering quality surprises with bands and songs that deserve more exposure and success. At the head of the Latin Soul scene and the new boogaloo...

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