Live Jazz: Justo Almario’s Afro-Colombian Ensemble and the Tamir Hendelman Trio in a Playboy Jazz Festival Free Community Concert at the Beverly Hills Civic Center

By Devon Wendell It was a beautiful sunny day at the Beverly Hills Civic Center on Sunday  for the 33rd annual Playboy Jazz Festival to present its first free community concert.  Two very diverse and skilled performers were on the bill, and KJAZZ’s Brad Williams was the host. The first act was award winning Israeli… Read More Live Jazz: Justo Almario’s Afro-Colombian Ensemble and the Tamir Hendelman Trio in a Playboy Jazz Festival Free Community Concert at the Beverly Hills Civic Center

Latin CD Review: “Systema Solar”

Systema Solar “Systema Solar” (ONErpm) By Fernando Gonzalez Post-modernism might be a cool, interesting artistic choice in wealthy cultures, but in Latin America recycling, repurposing, mixing and matching, and generally ignoring stylistic rules is both a way of life and a necessity. Systema Solar, a Colombian collective that freely mixes hip-hop, rap, and techno with… Read More Latin CD Review: “Systema Solar”

Latin CD Review: Very Be Careful “Escape Room”

Very Be Careful Escape Room (Barbes Records) By Devon Wendell Los Angeles’ own Very Be Careful has been putting its unique twist on Vallenato and Cumbia folk music traditions of Columbia for over a decade, continuing with their current release, Escape Room. The combination of Ricardo “Ricky G” Guzman’s ethereal accordion sound and confident vocals with the steady pulse percussion of Craig… Read More Latin CD Review: Very Be Careful “Escape Room”