Article — Bobby Sanabria: Afro-Cuban Storyteller


My latest article for All About Jazz is an interview with percussionist and educator Bobby Sanabria:

Bobby Sanabria is a living museum of Afro-Cuban music. Sanabria is a percussionist, drummer and educator who is at the forefront of Afro-Cuban music—particularly the frontier where it intersects with jazz. In 2007, Sanabria released Big Band Urban Folktales (Jazzheads, 2007), an album he says takes the music “beyond the 21st century.” Jason Crane, AAJ contributor and host of The Jazz Session, sat down with Sanabria in May 2007 to talk about the history of Afro-Cuban music, Sanabria’s own career, and “The Ugliest Man In America.”

Article — Misha Piatigorsky: Invent Your Own Bicycle

My latest article for All About Jazz is an interview with Russian-born, Jersey-raised pianist Misha Piatigorsky:

Russian-born pianist Misha Piatigorsky fled from behind the Cold-War-era Iron Curtain with his family to make a new life in a small New Jersey town. He started out as a classical pianist before discovering jazz. Since that discovery, he’s moved from bebop to Brazilian to groove music, melding them all seamlessly on his record, Uncommon Circumstance (Misha Music, 2007). Jason Crane, AAJ contributor and host of The Jazz Session, spoke with Piatigorsky in April 2007.

60,000 downloads!

On February 9, I was thrilled to report that The Jazz Session passed 50,000 downloads. Well, here we are just five weeks later, and let’s go to the big board:

60,000!

That’s right, folks — 10,000 downloads in 5 weeks. Not bad at all. Thank for your support!