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Artist Profiles: Jerry Gonzalez

Puerto Rican-American Multi-instrumentalist Jerry Gonzalez (congas/flugelhorn/trumpet) leads The Fort Apache Band, one of the most influential modern Afro-Caribbean Jazz Group of the past years. The group blends complex Latin rhythms with impeccable jazz improvisations.

Jerry Gonzalez’s first High profile professional engagement came at the age of 19 in 1971 with Dizzy Gillespie. Since then he has worked with masters from the jazz and Latin music fields such as: Kenny Dorham Tony Williams McCoy Tyner Jaco Pastorius Tito Puente Eddie Palmieri and Manny Oquendo y Libre. Jerry Gonzalez’ first session as a leader came in 198 with the critically acclaimed recording of Ya Yo Me Curé on the American Clave’ label. Following the success of Ya Yo Me Curé, The Fort Apache Band was formed and included such members as Kenny Kirkland, Sonny Fortune, Nicky Marrero, Papo Vazquez, the late Jorge Dalto and Milton Cardona. The ensemble’s first two albums were recorded live at European jazz festivals The River is Deep 1982 in Berlin: Obatala 1988 in Zurich.

In 1989 Fort Apache recorded the groundbreaking Rumba Para Monk as a quintet featuring: Jerry Gonzalez (trumpet flugelhorn congas), Andy Gonzalez (bass), Steve Berrios (drums), Larry Willis (piano) and Carter Jefferson (tenor saxophone). Rumba Para Monk was named album of the year by the French Academe du Jazz and resulted in the group being voted The Word Beat Group of the year in Downbeat’s 55th annual Readers Poll. It is this recording that has been cited as leading the resurgence in Afro-Caribbean Jazz in the past decade.

The group became a sextet with the addition of Joe Ford (alto & soprano saxophone) for 1991’s Earthdance (Sunnyside) and 1992’s Moliendo Cafe (Sunnyside). Following the death of Carter Jefferson, former Fort Apache member John Stubblefield returned to the band on tenor sax to record Crossroads (Milestone). The ensemble’s 1995 recording Pensativo (Milestone) also received a Grammy nomination. On the heals of the Grammy nominations for Crossroads and Pensativo the ensemble was awarded The Beyond Group of the Year by both Downbeat Magazines reader’s and critic’s polls in 1995 and 1996.

Firedance (Milestone) was recorded in February 1996 at Blues Alley in Washington DC and is the first live recording of the ensemble as a Sextet. Following this fiery recording the ensemble won the award of Best Jazz Group in Playboy Magazines Readers Poll for 1997. In 1998 the ensemble swept the Latin Jazz category at the New York Jazz Awards winning both the Industry and Journalist Polls. In 1999 the group swept the critics and readers polls for Beyond Group of The Year in Downbeat Magazine.

In 2000 Gonzalez moved from New York to Madrid. The Spanish capital, a cultural melting pot full of Flamenco musicians as well as Cuban Argentine Brazilian Equatorial Guinean Sudanese and many other expatriates welcomed the Newyorican musician with open arms and he quickly joined the bustling Flamenco and jazz scene.

In 2001 Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band were prominently featured in Fernando Trueba’s film on Latin Jazz Calle 54 (Miramax). This film received critical acclaim throughout the world and was followed by a series of concerts promoting the film including an engagement at The Beacon Theatre in New York City. The Soundtrack Calle 54 – Music From The Miramax Motion Picture is available on Blue Note Records.

The collaboration with Fernando Trueba also resulted in the production of a new CD Jerry Gonzalez y Los Pirates Del Flamenco featuring Jerry Gonzalez along with a Gypsy Flamenco group that includes the esteemed Flamenco singer “El Cigala.”


Flamenco innovators Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina to appear at Various Top Flamenco festivals in the USA

Josemi Carmona and Javier Colina

Guitarist Josemi Carmona and bassist Javier Colina will present their unique sound at the Flamenco Festival in New York on March 10 at Joe’s Pub: “We will play humbly but with the certainty that what we do is special and very enjoyable. Up close, it’s not a project of virtuosity but of emotion and emotion difficult to match,” explains guitarist Josemi Carmona.

On March 12th, the duo will land at the Miami Festival to show, in Colina’s words, this “jazzified flamenco that combines improvisations with touches of flamenco and African-American music“.

Finally, on March 14 Carmona and Colina will present their music at the XV Chicago Flamenco Festival, which collaborates for the first time with Flamenco Eñe.

Opening the range of flamenco artists is very difficult, festivals always present the same musicians. Flamenco Eñe has made younger generations express their talent to the programmers, giving strength to flamenco and energy to authors who are not so well known, “added Josemi.

The duo’s most recent recording is De Cerca (Universal Music Spain, 2016).


Artist Profiles: Dorantes


Flamenco pianist David Peña Dorantes was born in Lebrija (Sevilla province), Spain in 1969. He has become a flamenco piano innovator, incorporating jazz, classical music and world music elements to his sound.

His family tree reveals his undisputed roots in flamenco. He is María La Perrata’s grandson, Pedro Peña’s son, Juan Peña de Lebrija’s nephew and a relative of Fernanda and Bernarda de Utrera.

Dorantes has collaborated with well-known Spanish and international artists, including Lole Montoya, Alba Molina, Susheela Raman, Renaud Garcia-Fons, El Barrio, Arcángel, Carmen Linares, Miguel Poveda, and José Mercé.

Throughout 2016 and 2017, Dorantes collaborated with Turkish ensemble Taksim Trio. the lineup included Dorantes on piano; Hüsnü Şenlendirici on clarinet and duduk; Ismail Tunçbilek on baglama; Aytaç Doğan on kanun; and Spanish musician Javi Ruibal on drums and percussion.


Orobroy (1999)
Sur (2001)
Sin muros (2012)
Paseo a dos, with Renaud Garcia-Fons (2015)


Artist Profiles: Chano Domínguez

Chano Domínguez


Sebastián Dominguez Lozano, better known as Chano Domínguez, was born in Cadiz on March 29, 1960. His father was a flamenco enthusiast and young Chano grew up listening to his father’s LPs.

When he was eight years old, Chano’s parents gave him his first instrument: a flamenco guitar. Chano was able to teach himself to play guitar and practiced everything that he had heard on his father’s flamenco records so that he could jam with his friends in the neighborhood.

Chano started playing keyboards with Cai, one of the best rock bands in Andalusia. This group from Cadiz fused traditional Andalusian roots music, including flamenco, with progressive rock. The young keyboardist’s impressive solos and improvisations foretold a promising future. Cai released three landmark albums: Más allá de nuestras mentes diminutas (1978), Noche abierta (1979) and Canción de Primavera (1980).


Chano Domínguez with Cai


After Cai’s breakup early in the 1980s, Chano became part of a jazz group called Hixcadix that was also made up of musicians from Cadiz.

In 1992, he decided to form his own trio. Chano led the group with his personal style, fusing flamenco rhythms with the musical forms of jazz. That same year, he was awarded First Prize in the National Jazz Competition for Young Performers and he released his first two records: Chano and Diez de Paco (Paco’s Ten).

In 1995, he produced Coplas de Madrugá (Morning Songs) with acclaimed Spanish singer Martirio. This work covers some of the most important themes in traditional Spanish song and treats them with a genuine jazz aesthetic.

Once Chano established himself as one of the great names in Spanish jazz, his fame spread beyond Spain’s borders. His earthy jazz, Latin, and flamenco sounds were heard by an international audience, thanks to records such as Hecho a mano, Directo a piano solo and Imán, as well as his participation at MIDEM Latino and other famous festivals and conferences.

In 2000 Chano participated in Siegfried Loch’s Jazzpaña II. This project brought jazz and flamenco together. In the summer of 2000 Chano and other Flamenco and jazz luminaries came together at Madrid’s Sonoland Studio. The musicians included bassist Carles Benavent, saxophonist Jorge Pardo, flamenco guitarist Gerardo Nuñez, drummer and percussionist Tino Di Geraldo, celebrated Spanish bebop alto and soprano saxophonist Perico Sambeat, Franco-Spanish bassist Renaud Garcia-Fons, singer Esperanza Fernandez and Chano on piano.

After his successful appearance in the Plaza de La Habana Jazz Festival, and having rubbed shoulders with the best in Latin jazz for the movie and recording Calle 54, the pianist from Cadiz recorded a collection of unforgettable boleros with Marta Valdés for his disk, Tú no sospechas.

In 2005 Chano recorded his first children’s CD. Cuentos del mundo (World Tales) features 16 stories narrated by Constantino Romero and music by Chano.

Chano joined Cuban legend Paquito D’Rivera in 2006. Their performance at Madrid’s Teatro Real was released on DVD. The band included Chano on piano; Paquito D’Rivera on saxophones and clarinet; Angá Díaz on percussion; Marc Miralta on drums; Mario Rossy on double bass; and Israel Suárez “Piraña” on flamenco percussion.

In 2010 Chano collaborated with film director Carlos Saura’s Flamenco Hoy. The show featured musical direction by Chano, choreography by Rafael Estévez and Nani Paños and a cast of 20.


Chano Domínguez


In 2016 he produced “Bendito” featuring Chano as composer and pianist with his favorite ‘cantaor‘ (flamenco singer) Blas Cordoba (a.k.a. “El Kejio”).



Chano is also an experienced educator, available for master classes, workshops and residencies. He has taught at Taller de Músics in Barcelona, The Music Conservatory of Bogotá, the Julliard School in New York and at the School of Music at the University of Washington.



In 2016, Chano moved to New York City.


* Más allá de nuestras mentes diminutas, with Cai (Trova Records, 1978)

* Noche abierta, with Cai (Epic, 1979)

* Canción de Primavera, with Cai (Epic, 1980)

* La Guinda, with La Guinda (1985)

* Hiscádix, with Hiscádix (1987)

* Memorias, with Tito Alcedo (1988)

* Daquí Pallá, with Decoy (1991)

* Chano, with Chano Domínguez Trio (1992)

* Diez de Paco, with Jorge Pardo (Nuevos medios, 1995)

* Hecho a mano (1996)

* Coplas de Madrugá, with Martirio (1997)

* En Directo (1998)

* Imán (Nuba 7767, 2000)

* Jazzpaña II (ACT 9284-2, 2000)

* Si

* Lorquiana

* Tú no sospechas, with Marta Valdés (Karonte-El Europeo)

* Oye como viene (2003)

* Mira como viene (2003)

* Acoplados, with Martirio (2004)

* Con alma (2005)

* Cuentos del mundo World Tales (2005), children’s album

* Flamenco Jazz (2005)

* New Flamenco Sound (2006)

* Acércate más (2006)

* Quartier Latin, with Paquito D’Rivera (2009)

* Piano Ibérico (Blue Note, 2010)

* Flamenco skectches (Blue Note, 2011)

* Chano & Josele (Calle54 Records, 2012)

* Over the Rainbow (Sunnyside Records, 2017)


Quartier Latin, with Paquito D’Rivera (2007)

Web Site: http://chanodominguez.info

Credits: Biography partially translated by Rita Granda


Pianist Dorantes to Perform at Nimes Flamenco Festival 2017


Acclaimed flamenco pianist and composer Dorantes is set to perform on January 16th, 2017 at Nimes Flamenco Festival 2017 in France.

Ther lineup will include Dorantes on piano; Javi Ruibal on drums and percussion; dancer Pastora Galván; and guest artist, Renaud Garcia-Fons on bass.

Dorantes is known for his fresh, new approach to flamenco and his collaborations with jazz and world music artists.

Dorantes’ discography includes: Paseo a Dos, Orobroy, Sur, and Sin Muros.

La Paloma, Nimes

More information: theatredenimes.com/festival-flamenco


Artist Profiles: Diego Villegas

Diego Villegas

Diego Villegas was born in Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cadiz, Spain) in 1987. He grew up in a flamenco environment. His sister is a flamenco dancer and she initiated and guided him.

At 8, Villegas began his classical guitar studies at the “Joaquín Turina” Conservatory in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cadiz, and then completed his Professional Degree at the Joaquín Villatoro Conservatory in Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz). At the age of ten he enrolled in the Sanlúcar de Barrameda Municipal Academy, where he studied clarinet and symphonic percussion. At 12 he joined the “Julián Cerdán” Band, also in Sanlúcar, as a clarinet soloist.

In terms of flamenco, Diego Villegas has shared the stage with dancers such as Antonio Fernandez ‘Farru’, Ángel Muñoz, María Juncal, Concha Jareño and Raquel Villegas. He also collaborates with artists like Remedios Amaya, María Toledo, Jorge Pardo, Israel Suárez “Piranha”, etc.

Diego Villegas leads the Flamenco-Jazz Project. He plays musical instruments such as flute and saxophone. He also uses other wind instruments rarely utilized in flamenco: harmonica and clarinet.

In 2016 Diego Villegas released his first solo album titled Bajo de Guía, which is dedicated a well-known neighborhood in Sanlúcar de Barrameda. On Bajo de Guía, Villegas combines flamenco, jazz, bossa nova and Latin American rhythms.


Jorge Pardo Releases Djinn

Jorge Pardo
Jorge Pardo

Spanish jazz, flamenco and world music saxophonist and flutist Jorge Pardo has a new album titled Djinn.

Djinn combines jazz grooves, electronic beats and flamenco. Pardo uses acid Hammond organ, powerful drums, electric bass and flamenco guitar along with guest DJs from the world of electronic music.

Jorge Pardo - Djinn
Jorge Pardo – Djinn

Jorge Pardo was a member of pioneering Spanish salsa and Latin jazz band Dolores. He later worked with flamenco legends Paco de Lucia and Camarón. His essential albums include Vientos Flamencos, 10 de Paco, Huellas, and Historias de Radha y Krishna.

Jorge Pardo will be touring Spain to promote the new album. The next concerts will take place Friday, October 28 at Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid and Saturday, October 29 at Sala Malandar in Sevilla.

Buy the digital version of Djinn.


Flamenco Guitar Sensation Amós Lora to Perform Today in Madrid

Young flamenco guitarist Amós Lora, one of the best guitarists of his generation, will perform today, July 21 as part of the Estío concerts in Auditorio Conde Duque, Madrid. Lora Amos will present his new album, Así lo veo, at 20:00 (8:00 p.m.).

Amos Lora’s band for tonight includes José Carmona “Rapico” (dance), Rafiki Jiménez (vocals), Luis Miguel Manzano (guitar), Luis Guerra (piano), Reinier Elizarde “El Negron” (bass) and Manu Masaedo (percussion ).

Amos Lora (born September 21, 1999) was taught by masters such as Diego del Morao, Manuel Parrilla, Paquete, David Cerreduela, Carlos de Jacoba, Tomatito and El Entri.

He’s a young performer who fell in love with and since 2013 has been studying at Madrid’s prestigious Ateneo Jazz Madrid school under the guidance of Felix Santos.

Amos Lora has performed at major festivals and venues inside and outside of Spain, including Guitar across the Stylesin Prague; Zagreb Summer Festival; Mont de Marçan Flamenco Festival; Lisbon Flamenco Festival; and this year, at the Istanbul International Guitar Festival.

Lora regularly participates in charity events by the Spanish Red Cross and other organizations such as the “Quejío Solidario” festival in Seville and “Flamenco P’atós” in Madrid.

In 2012 he released his first album, Cerro negro (Nuba Records) and was also included in the Flamenco Guitar (Rough Guide, 2014) compilation.


Suma Flamenca Festival 2016 Announces Second Week Schedule

Pedro el Granaino  - Photo by Leo Sánchez
Pedro el Granaino – Photo by Leo Sánchez

One of the most important events of the flamenco summit festival will take place during the second week of Suma Flamenca 2016. The festival, organized by the Madrid Regional government, will celebrate the Night of San Juan on June 24 with concerts in three spectacular gardens: Lazaro Galdiano Museum, Museum of Costumes and the Museo Casa de Lope de Vega in Madrid. the audiences will be able to enjoy performances in an itimate ssetting in these iconic locations.

Suma Flamenca 2016 includes workshops and music and dance lessons with the dancer Farruquito, at the Royal Theatre; saxophonist Jorge Pardo, guitarist El Entri, the cajoneros Lucky Losada and Piraña, at the Canal Dance Center. These activities are free to the public, prior registration online. In addition, there will be a conference on guitar given by José Manuel Gamboa in the Canal Theatre of Madrid.

‘La Noche Canalla’ (The Scoundrel Night) continues at Cafe Berlin with artists like Los Rubios and Jorge Pardo. In this series both locals and visitors can continue to enjoy “Flamenco Jam Sessions” one of the most innovative proposals for this edition.

Fiddler Paco Montalvo, singer Saúl Quirós, musicians Josemi Carmona and Javier Colina, Rancapino Chico and La Macanita Jesus Mendez, singer David Lagos and flutist Juan Parrilla complete the lineup for the second week of the festival.

The XI edition of Suma Flamenca festival started on June 15 and will end on July 3.

Farruquito, Master class
Monday, June 20, 17:00 h.
Teatro Real, rehearsal room (Madrid)
Free admission, pre-registration online

Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina, Close Up
Thursday, June 23, 20:00.
Sala Berlanga (Madrid)
Price: 8 €

Pedro El Granaino, Earth
Friday, June 24, 22:30 h.
Costume Museum (Madrid)
Free admission until seats are full

Saúl Quirós, Flamenco concert
Friday, June 24, 22:00 h.
Casa Museo Lope de Vega (Madrid)
Free admission prior advance booking (limited 30 seats)

Rancapino Chico & The Macanita, Flamenco concert
Friday, June 24, 21:00 h.
Lazaro Galdiano Museum (Madrid)
Free admission until seats are full

Jesus Mendez, Flamenco concert
Friday, June 24, 20:00.
Sala Berlanga (Madrid)
Price: 8 €

Los Rubios, Familia “Los Rubios de Madrid”
Friday, June 24, 23:00 h.
Café Berlin (Madrid)
Price: 12 €

José Manuel Gamboa, guitar Conference
Saturday, June 25, 10:00.
Teatros del Canal, Canal Dance Center (Madrid)
Free admission, pre-registration online

Juan Parrilla, Presentation album Taxdirt
Saturday, June 25, 20:00.
Sala Berlanga (Madrid)
Price: 8 €

Jorge Pardo, Djinn Metaflamenco
Saturday, June 25, 23:00 h.
Café Berlin (Madrid)
Price: 12 €

Jorge Pardo, Master class
Saturday, June 25, 14:00.
Teatros del Canal, Canal Dance Center (Madrid)
Free admission, pre-registration online

The Entri, Master class
Saturday, June 25, 13:00.
Teatros del Canal, Canal Dance Center (Madrid)
Free admission, pre-registration online

Lucky Losada, Master class
Saturday, June 25, 12:00.
Teatros del Canal, Canal Dance Center (Madrid)
Free admission, pre-registration online

Piranha, Master class
Saturday, June 25, 11:00 am.
Teatros del Canal, Canal Dance Center (Madrid)
Free admission, pre-registration online

Paco Montalvo, Alma flamenco violin
Saturday, June 25, 20:00.
Real Coliseum Carlos III (San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid)
Price: 11-16 €

David Lagos, flamenco concert
Sunday, June 26, 20:00.
Real Coliseum Carlos III (San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid)
Price: 11-16 €


Deliciously Vibrant Flamenco

Gerardo Nuñez and Ulf Wakenius – Logos (ACT Music, 2016)

Journalist, writer and provocateur Hunter S. Thompson once wrote, “Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.”

Whether you’re bent on calling it inspiration or fuel, music is one of those things that indelibly mark us; it is those bright, shiny pieces we pick up simply because we are slaves to it whether we want to be or not. Speaking of the bright and shiny, guitar and flamenco fans have a set of the brilliantly fiery pieces to clutch at and put away in their pockets with ACT Music’s release of Logos by Spain’s famed flamenco guitarist Gerardo Nuñez and Sweden’s master jazz guitarist Ulf Wakenius.

With recordings such as Calima (1998), Flamencos en Nueva York (1992), Travesia (2012) Jucal (1997) and Jazzpaña Live (2015) to his credit Mr. Nuñez teamed up with Mr. Wakenius, who has own recording credits that go beyond work with the Oscar Peterson quartet and the Ray Brown trio such as Vagabond (2012), Momento Magico (2014), Love is Real (2008) and Forever You (2013), for the live recording Jazzpaña Live in 2015. Hitching a ride to that collaboration, Logos is a rich and rewarding collaboration for this unlikely pairing. Fiery, masterful and simply superb, Logos dives deep into the waters where flamenco and jazz eddy together to create a whirlpool that’s warm and effervescent.

Gerardo Nuñez and Ulf Wakenius - Logos
Gerardo Nuñez and Ulf Wakenius – Logos

Deliciously vibrant, Logos opens with title track “Logos” and it’s difficult not to get a little breathless as this pair finds a groove that is so finely and tautly drawn. Joined by flamenco percussionist Cepillo, as well as Mr. Nunez’s wife Carmen Cortes and daughter Isabel Nuñez on palmas, Logos travels a road that lushly landscaped, where every turn is yet another stunning overlook with tracks like “Selene,” “Habana” and “Mirlo.”

With the bulk of the composition credits going to Mr. Nuñez, Logos revisits a few of his earlier themes, but the pair collaborates together on flamenco fiery “Fui Piedra” that includes vocals by flamenco singer Cancun.

Mr. Wakenius takes his own composing credit for the breezily elegant “Mirlo.” Fans get other goodies like the rich and savvy “Orfeo,” the dramatic “Liber Pater” and the graceful “Sevilla.” Kudos should definitely go to sound people and studio staff because this is one of those crystal clear recordings where listeners can pick out every nuance and note.

Logos is indeed bright and shiny polished and is very definition of masterful, but it’s not like we’d expect anything different from these consummate guitarists. So, yeah, I see us going an extra fifty miles and beyond with this kind of fuel.

Buy Logos in the Americas

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