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Jazz Caliente: The Flamenco Feel

Colombian-born classical guitarist Daniel Giron
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Colombian-born classical guitarist Daniel Giron

This week on Jazz Caliente, we'll hear two artists who mix their flamenco roots with Latin Jazz: guitarist Daniel Giron and pianist Chano Dominguez.

Daniel Giron is influenced by the contemporary flamenco sounds of Paco De Lucia, the old-school rumba that his father loved, and his classical training. On his album "Prisma," he adds some jazz flavoring to his compositions, and we'll hear the lovely "Andalusian Glow" on the show this Saturday.

When you think of flamenco, you usually think of guitars. But Chano Dominguez, born in Andalusia, manages to bring the flamenco feel to his piano along with modern jazz and world music influences. This week, we'll hear Chano's tune "Fumando (Smoking)" from the 2003 album "Iman." Here's Chano with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and a fun display of flamenco vs. tap dancing from a 2009 concert.

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.