Chucho Valdes, the legendary, 76 year-old Cuban pianist whose late father, Bebo, was one of the architects of Latin Jazz, has referred to the young musician David Virelles as a “genius.” For the 35 year-old Virelles, with a long career still ahead of him, this … Continue reading DANGEROUS RHYTHMS: Q & A with David Virelles
At the age of 36, Zaccai Curtis is already a seasoned veteran in the world of jazz and Latin Jazz. He often performs as The Curtis Brothers band, with his younger brother, bassist Luques Curtis, but for the Dangerous Rhythms series Zaccai has put together … Continue reading DANGEROUS RHYTHMS: Q & A with Zaccai Curtis
Arsenio Rodriguez was blinded at a young age after being kicked in the head by a donkey. He went on to became Cuba’s greatest player of the tres guitar and a composer and creator of a new style of Afro Cuban music. Contemporary piano virtuoso … Continue reading DANGEROUS RHYTHMS: Q & A with Mike Eckroth
Latin jazz is the sugar in your coffee, the honey in your tea. With roots in the Carribean, and in the barrios of New York, Miami and elsewhere, the music warms the soul but also tickles the ear and facilitates the flow of blood to … Continue reading HAVANA SUBWAY: liner notes
NEW MUSIC SERIES: T.J. English and His Latin Jazz Explosion We are thrilled to have as an opening act for Dangerous Rhythms: T.J. English and His Latin Jazz Explosion the multi-Grammy nominee Bobby Sanabria & Sexteto Ibiano. Recently, T.J. caught up with Bobby to discuss … Continue reading DANGEROUS RHYTHMS: Q & A with Bobby Sanabria
In my career writing about organized crime, it could be said, and has been said, that I have acquired some unusual items. Case in point: Mad Dog’s scrapbook. Over the years, I became friendly with the notorious gangster Joseph “Mad Dog” Sullivan, referred to by … Continue reading Mad Dog’s scrapbook
Photos by Ilya Yamasaki
Author T.J. English recently sat for a series of photos with photographer Ilya Yamasaki, who is of Japanese, Brazilian and American descent. The photos were taken in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.