El Negro 1-06
by / on January 5, 2006 at 4:21 am

El Negro 1-06

Very lovely to begin this letter by wishing you all a very Happy New Year ’05 was such a wonderful year! ITALUBA grew a little bit more from what was our last tour of 2005. We started on October 26, playing at Busto Arsizio Jazz Festival near Milano, Italy. Then we went to the beautiful town of Marostica (the town […]

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by / on December 5, 2005 at 4:22 am

El Negro 12-05

Hello everyone! Here I go again trying to tell you what’s happened in my crazy musical life in the past three and a half months… On a very early morning the day after my daughter’s twenty-third birthday I met a dear friend, percussion master Giovanni Hidalgo. We met across the street from the headquarters of the United Nations in Manhattan […]

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by / on August 5, 2005 at 4:23 am

El Negro – 8-05

Good evening fella’s… As I thought, my very first trip to Africa was nothing but a pure joy! I went to a place just like the Caribbean, called the Reunion Islands, where it was a very nice surprise to find musicians not only rhythmically advanced, but also harmonically. That is the case of the young piano player Meddy Gerville, who […]

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by / on June 5, 2005 at 4:24 am

El Negro – 06-05

Cowbells for Sale! So after a wonderful introduction of my Signature Series Cowbells at the NAMM show, I took a well deserved 10 day vacation… just to pump gas to start again! A photo session for Turkish pianist Fahir Atakoglu, that I did with Anthony Jackson, brought me back to work. And the day after, I started producing virtuoso percussionist […]

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by / on February 5, 2005 at 4:26 am

El Negro – 2-05

Let’s start it backwards… Back from my month-long Europe tour with Italuba that included a special performance that I did with Anga Diaz and his band at the Barcelona Jazz Festival. Did a huge clinic in Zaragoza Spain. Then 3 Sam Ash Clinics in December (Orlando, Miami & Springfield, NJ) with Marc Quinones & Bobby Allende. Right before the end […]

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by / on February 5, 2005 at 4:25 am

El Negro – 5-05

We were trying to do this newsletter from the car… going to the airport, but it’s too noisy. So just hold on a few hours and I will be with you from Canada! (a few hours later….) 15 countries in 3 months! from Haiti to Germany! more soon… (a couple days later…) SOS! Hello guys! This is an SOS. Myself […]

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by / on December 5, 2004 at 2:37 pm

El Negro – 12-04

Hi everybody! At the beginning of October, I went to my annual clinic affair to the northwest. Great crowds in Mosco, Portland & Tacoma… but this time I had the pleasure to visit for the firt time Alaska! Great! Then I rehearsed with a young, very promising Cuban pianist, Manuel Vallera, for his recording… It was as a trio that […]

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by / on November 5, 2004 at 4:27 am

El Negro – 11-04

Hi Fellas! My dear partner Pam Gore is transcribing for you this phone conversation from Osaka, Japan where I just woke up to the great news that Italuba is in the first round of the Grammy Awards, in the category of Latin Jazz! You can listen to a few sound clips of the record. But now let me tell you […]

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by / on September 5, 2004 at 4:29 am

El Negro – 9-04

Once again it was amazing to play in the west coast Hollywood Bowl Playboy Jazz Festival (Nothing to do with pornography or erotic tricks & licks. By the way, Hugh Hefner was there with his whole entourage!). Leaving the United States, flying to Europe has always been from New York. But this time it was from California… welcome to the […]

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by / on July 5, 2004 at 4:30 am

El Negro 07-04

Yaaaayyy! Finally the release of my 1st solo record… Italuba! Welcome to my (I don’t even know what month it is!) musings. Fun, fun from Madrid, Spain, where Michel Camilo is starting his summer tour. This year’s Blue Note Tour started at the one in New York City. It was very nice and I feel very proud to be a […]

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