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A landmark birthday, an anniversary and some new tango on Jazz Caliente this week

Ben Thomas with vibes and bandoneon
Nina Johnson
courtesy of the artist
Ben Thomas with vibes and bandoneon

Jazz Caliente celebrates maestro Eddie Palmieri's 85th birthday, the 25th anniversary of the Buena Vista Social Club's first recording, and previews new tango music from Seattle's endlessly fascinating Ben Thomas.

The NEA Jazz Master, Grammy winner and "Sun of Latin Music," pianist Eddie Palmieriturned 85 on December 15. He's been celebrating all this week by playing two sets per night at New York City's famous Birdland nightclub. You can join him virtually on Radio Free Birdland! Listen for his composition "Slowvisor" to start this Saturday's Jazz Caliente.

The original Buena Vista Social Club recording was released in 1997, 25 years ago. On Jazz Caliente this week, we'll hear a selection from Lost and Found, a compilation of previously unreleased material from those first recording sessions.

Vibraphonist, percussionist, bandoneonist, composer and dancer Ben Thomas is about to release his Tango Project album, Eternal Aporia. The CD-release show will be held at Seattle's Royal Room on Jan. 27. We're thrilled to preview this beautiful album by playing "Something Ventured" this week on Jazz Caliente!

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

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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.