Jazz Caliente: Local Focus
This week on Saturday Jazz Caliente, we'll hear from some of the great Latin Jazz artists who make their home in the Seattle area.
Fred Hoadley's Sonando is the longest-running Latin Jazz band in Seattle, founded in 1990. The group has its roots in other fondly-remembered NW Latin bands like Expresión Latina, Yerba Buena and Bochinche. Mixing traditional Afro-Cuban styles and instruments with modern jazz, Sonando always sounds fresh. You can see them live on most third Thursdays at Tula's. You hear selections from their 3 albums Sonando, La Rumba esta Buena, and Tres on Jazz Caliente, and we're excited to welcome them for their very first KNKX Studio Session in June.
Jazz pianist Ann Reynolds discovered her passion for Cuban music and dance when she first visited the island in 2000. Her group Clave Gringa debuted in 2014 with the album Para Cuba Con Amor, featuring Ann's compelling original compositions.
The high-energy quartet known as Entremundos (between worlds) mixes Brazilian sounds with jazz, funk, and world music. Comprised of some of Seattle's most versatile musicians and fronted by the charismatic vocalist Adriana Giordano, they're a delight to hear and watch. Their CD Brasilidade is a Jazz Caliente favorite.
Costa Rican native and powerhouse salsa singer Carlos Cascante formed the band "Carlos Cascante y su Tumbao" in 2005, along with pianist/arranger Julio Jauregui and more of Seattle's best musicians. They've released two albums; Recuerdos (2005) and Hablando en Serio (2011), and when Carlos is home from his musical travels with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, they manage to do a few live gigs in Seattle and environs.
We'll also hear Jovino Santos Neto from his album with pianist André Mehmari, Guris. Jovino's musical adventures are already well documented here on the Jazz Caliente blog, so I'll just leave this here:
Jazz Caliente airs Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. The show is hosted by Robin Lloyd and produced by KNKX Public Radio.