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Friday night Arturo

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Investor’s Business Daily has a nice article about Cuban jazz master Arturo Sandoval in their Leaders and Success series,
Arturo Sandoval Defied Castro To Become A Jazz Legend

Growing up in Cuba, Arturo Sandoval fell in love with jazz.
But he had two problems:
1. He was dirt poor and couldn’t afford music lessons.
2. The communist regime wouldn’t let Cubans listen to jazz, let alone perform it. Fidel Castro’s henchmen considered jazz “the music of the enemy.”
So Sandoval improvised, inventing his own genre of music that pleased the authorities and wowed audiences worldwide.

Read the full article.

Andy Garcia played Sandoval in For Love or Country. Here’s a clip showing how Sandoval and Dizzy Gillespie met,

The Flying Dutchman lands in Princeton

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

at McCarter tonight,

[Princeton Festival] “Music For Stormy Seas & Souls” lecture by Timothy Urban from Princeton Festival on Vimeo.

If you’re going, make sure to check the traffic and parking information ahead of time.

Dr. Fleming goes to The Cloisters

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

A few years ago I audited Dr. John V. Fleming’s class on Chaucer, a most wonderful treat, since he’s not only the foremost scholar on the subject but also a great guy. He graciously gave me a poscast interview (transcribed here 1 2 3) a year or so later. Like many of his students, we’ve kept in touch over the years.

Recently, Dr. Fleming went to The Cloisters to listen to Pomerium’s Renaissance music concert that included Spem in Alium. Read his brilliant account here.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

to celebrate Mother’s Day, Emory Tango Ensemble and Tango Orchestra Club Atlanta, directed by Kristin Wendland (March 30, 2012, Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts), performing Desde el alma, a vals with the theme of a mother’s love,

The story of Desde el alma,

by Alberto Paz
Rosita Melo was born in Uruguay in 1897 but she lived in Argentina since age 2. She wrote the music for Desde El Alma, a Boston-style vals, at age 14 in 1911. In 1922 she married poet Victor Piuma Velez who wrote the first set of lyrics for Desde El Alma. It was a theme dedicated to the love of a mother. In 1948, Homero Manzi called to tell them that he was interested in including the song in his movie Pobre mi madre querida [My Poor Beloved Mother], but with different lyrics as demanded by the movie script. This would not affect the copyright ownership of the song. Piuma Velez and Rosita Melo opposed the idea, and requested that if Manzi wrote new lyrics, Piuma Velez’s name should be included as co-author. Manzi agreed, the lyrics became famous and the vals, already a classic became universally famous.

The Boston-vals is a style originated in the city of that name in the United States. It is associated with the piano and its characteristic is that the player does not mark the rhythm with the left hand as it is customary with that instrument. The rhythm is marked witht he right hand along with the melody. The left hand only marks the first note of the beat, the bass.

Fonseca flash mob on Times Square!

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Overlooked in this week’s news, Colombian Fonseca played live at Times Square, with flash mob dancing last Thursday, April 18,

Fonseca and the dancers are celebrating the positive changes in Colombia, according to a press release from the Comité Colombiano.

Fonseca’s currently on a tour of of 16 cities in the USA. The tour dates are listed at and you can follow him on Twitter @Fonseca

Jaime Bayly interviewed the Grammy winner recently (in Spanish),

Swing time!

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the news is bad enough, with American hostages of terrorists in Africa – expect more of that after Behghazi and Algiers, Iranians, drug lords, executive orders (I can go on and on), that I’m actively seeking refuge in the music that carried our great nation through the Great Depression and World War II. Things were worse then, but give the folks now in Washington enough time and things will be worse now.

For the past three evenings at 7-8PM I’ve been playing swing music on Spotify, and sharing the music on my Tweeter and Facebook feeds. (I’m easy to find in both Tweeter and Facebook, as “Fausta”, i.e.,

Tuesday was Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, last night it was (early) Artie Shaw, tonight’s Benny Goodman.

Tomorrow (if I stay home) will be Glenn Miller.

Tweet your requests, and enjoy!

Sunday morning Suo Gan

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Yesterday I was watching Empire of the Sun, which is a troubling movie in many levels (but not quite as troubling as JG Ballard’s other works), and the Welsh lullaby Suo Gân punctuates a key scene of the film.

Bryn Terfel performs my favorite version of Suo Gân. You can buy the MP3 from Amazon, but it was also used in this beautiful short film, The Dinner Guest by Joe Gleason, to great effect:

Here’s Bryn, with a piano accompanist,

Today is the Feast of the Epiphany. May God bless you and your family and loved ones.

New Year’s tango: J&J

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Jennifer Kozar & Janusz Godyn
2011 Winners of Dancing in Small Spaces Contest
Demonstration to Mandragora Tango New CD Release, Barrio Longfellow, which is also available on MP3 so you can listen to it right now.

Happy tandas!

Christmas music, not the Carol of the Bells

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Some of us do not like carols. Take the Carol of the Bells, for instance, a repetitive, brain-numbing, annoying, nightmare-inducing piece if ever there was one.

But we like Christmas music, so, what to listen to?

These 4 selections will bring Christmas joy with a different twist, and better yet, you can get them on MP3 right now.


Tuesday night Tony Bennet

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

With Vicentico,

In concert in Buenos Aires, and in the studio version:

With Amy Winehouse,