30 May 2009

¡Feliz Cumpleaños a

Today, Maestro Armando Peraza celebrates his 85th Birthday!

Armando, born in Havana, Cuba has been on the cutting edge of music spanning Afro-Cuban to Jazz to Rock with groups performers such as Conjunto Kubavana (with Potato Valdez), Slim Galliard, Machito, Perez Prado and Tito Puente.

While most of his Cuban compatriots settled in proximity of the 'Jazz Capital' - New York City - Armando has made the San Francisco Bay Area his home since the 1940s, becoming an imporant collaborator in the jazz scenes of the Fillmore District and the North Beach/Broadway area clubs of the late 50s/early 60s; and providing that Afro-Cuban rhythmic foundation for bandleaders such as George Shearing, Carlos Federico, Mongo Santamaria, Cal Tjader, Carlos Santana, The Machete Ensemble, and many more.

Two evenings of tributes to Armando are being held this weekend at Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland

Check out this week's article in the San Francisco Chronicle

...and enjoy a few of the many highlights from his illustrious career:

Armando Peraza with José Areas - Percussion solos
  (Live in Montreux Jazz Festival, 1988)

Armando se junta con Tata Güines despues 30 años para un Changüi con Cubanismo en San Francisco, 1998:

Armando with George Shearing and Peggy Lee
 (Armando's composition, "Mambo in Miami" starts at 2:45:)

Armando Peraza at the annual NAMM music convention, Los Angeles, January 2009:
  (with Giovanni Hidalgo and Jesus Diaz)

With Santana and Herbie Hancock in 1981: Percussion Jam
  (also featuring percussionists Raul Rekow and Orestes Vilato)

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Maestro!

Jazz: Forms & Feelings 30 May 2009

Extended version of Forms  Feelings with Horace Mansfield. Featured artists include Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Max Roach, Les McCann with Eddie Harris, Oscar Brown, Art Taylor. Also the music of Dwight Trible, Art Taylor, Abraham Burton, and others.

Original Broadcast: 30 May 2009 - KPFA FM 94.1

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Musical Colors - 30 May 2009

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26 May 2009

Latin Jazz: Musical Colors - 26 May 2009

This evening's program begins with a poem read by the late Mario Benedetti, followed by the music of Anat Cohen, Omara Portuondo, Eva Ayllon, Cliff Korman & The Brazilian Tinge, and more. Features an interview with Jean-Pierre Simons discussing his career and upcoming live performances.

Produced and hosted by Raquel Aguirre

Original Broadcast: 26 May 2009 - KPFA FM 94.1

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Musical Colors - 26 May 2009

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