Thursday, May 5, 2016

Toots Thielemans


Harold Mabern

ORIENTE! at Le Chat Noir in Downtown Miami this Saturday, May 7, 2016

An explosive celebration of melody, rhythm and soul, ORIENTE was formed in the ‘90s by Cuban guitarist and composer Eddy Balzola. They debuted at New Orleans’ premier jazz club, Snug Harbor, to an audience accustomed to very funky, progressive music and Oriente's hard-driving yet melodic Afro-Cuban roots innovations hit the spot.

That raw and organic music scene was an inspiration and continues to influence the band’s soulful sound & style, distinguishing ORIENTE from any other Latin Jazz group. Saturday's show will feature new music and arrangements from their upcoming cd release "Soul eNclave", with old friend Stuart King on trumpet, Yoel Del Sol - percussion, bassist Daniel Estable and Rey Monroig on traps joining Balzola on guitars and vocals.

Le Chat Noir
2 South Miami Avenue, Miami FL 33130  

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

DC JAZZ Festival

Armandos - Duo Gadjo

Published on Apr 13, 2012

Duo Gadjo at Armando's, April 12, 2012

Isabelle Magidson - vocals/ guitar/ washboard
Jeff Magidson-guitar/ vocals/ harmonica

Video by Eric Akeson

Letter from Alexia Morales

We're still boppin', Claudio! 


First off, it feels wonderful to know that Pacific Mambo Orchestra has such a supportive family here in the Bay Area. Playing together for the last five years has been so great. And it was with tremendous gratitude that we celebrated two sold-out shows last month at Yoshi's Oakland!

I've learned so much being in PMO. For example, the Morales, Dyer & Green tribute to Lambert, Hendricks & Ross that premiered at Fenix in December will be coming to SFJAZZ! That's not bad right out of the gate! But before we hit the big time, you'll want to come out and hear us this Friday at an intimate musician's hideaway, the art-scrawled haven known as Armando's in Martinez. I hear that before our show, you can catch impressive pianist-songwriter Sin Silver during happy hour from 4:30-6 pm. We're on at 8 pm. Please spread the word, as Armando's is a door gig and we will depend on ticket sales for revenue (well, I'm the kind of band leader who pays everyone regardless, so *I* depend on the door, and the band depends on me).

Pacific Mambo Orchestra also has some cool gigs coming up. Mark your calendars for June 3rd, when PMO will play with the world famous Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble at the brand-spanking-new UC Theater in Berkeley!…/1059179-bmg-community-event-…/

I also encourage you to check out PMO at one of my favorite venues, Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society. Pete Douglas, the jazz lover who started the venue, passed away not long ago, but I interviewed him in 2009 (see below). I had to sub out the gig, however, as I will be climbing Mt. Shasta again that weekend.

Finally, I had a great gig last Friday at Copperfield's Books in Santa Rosa as part of Mario Guarneri's Jazz in the Neighborhood. Thanks to Mario and Ami Molinelli (who played with us) for the delightful gig, where I was able to play a ton of new repertoire in multiple languages including Italian!

Hope to see you Friday!

Abrazos, Alexa