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Jazz Caliente: Celebrating Latin jazz at the 2019 Earshot Jazz Festival

Cuban cuatro master Kiki Valera
courtesy of the artist
Cuban cuatro master Kiki Valera

The 31st Earshot Jazz Festival starts Friday and runs through Nov. 6. This week on Saturday's Jazz Caliente, we'll hear from some of the great Cuban and Brazilian artists performing at the festival, including some of our Northwest favorites!

At 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10,  Ann Reynolds Clave Gringa Quintet performs at the Seattle Art Museum's Art of Jazz concert series.  Ann has been studying music in Cuba for nearly 20 years, and her latest album, "Joy," reflects her connection to Cuban music and dance.  Here's the story of her composition "Lada Mambo."

Seattle's Town Hall will get sanctified, Cuban-style, Oct. 17 with legendary pianist Chucho Valdés and his "Jazz Batá 2," where Cuban jazz meets sacred drums.


Dance to authentic Cuban Son and more from cuatro virtuoso Kiki Valera and his pals, including vocalists Coco Freeman and Carlos Cascante on Oct. 26 at Town Hall.  Kiki's brand new CD is "Vivencias En Clave Cubana." 

The Bainbridge Island Museum of the Arts presents its "Within Earshot Jazz Festival" series of events, including The Cuban Heels performing at noon Oct. 12, and Savani Latin Jazz in concert on the 27th.

Brazilian guitar and piano virtuoso Egberto Gismonti makes a solo appearance at Town Hall Oct. 30,  mixing Brazilian folk traditions, classical music and improvisation.  This rare U.S. performance promises to be magical.

Listen for these artists and more on this week's Jazz Caliente, and get out to hear some live music at the Earshot Jazz Festival!

Jazz Caliente airs Saturdays at 5 p.m. The show is hosted by Robin Lloyd and produced by KNKX Public Radio.

Originally from Detroit, Robin Lloyd has been presenting jazz, blues and Latin jazz on public radio for nearly 40 years. She's a member of the Jazz Education Network and the Jazz Journalists Association.