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Pianist/composer Ann Reynolds enjoying the movement of Cuban jazz
Steve Korn

Ann Reynolds' second Clave Gringa CD, Joy, will be celebrated at a release party at the Royal Room in Seattle on Sunday, April 21.

Ann and I recently chatted about her fascination with Cuban music, and about the new album, part of which was recorded in Cuba with Cuban musicians. 

Daymé Arocena in concert in Havana, Cuba 2016
Diane Guerra / courtesy of the artist

At the very top of your New Year's resolution list, write this: See more live music performances! The Seattle-area live Latin jazz forecast for the first quarter of 2019 is impressive. Here's what we know so far.

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
courtesy of the artist

The 2018 Earshot Jazz Festival starts on Sunday, October 7, and in keeping with Earshot's committment to diversity and variety, there's something for everyone on the concert schedule.  Let's preview the shows of particular interest to Latin Jazz fans:

Pianist Ann Reynolds
photo by Jim Levitt / courtesy of the artist

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.

Seattle pianist Ann Reynolds has been in a passionate relationship with Cuban music since her first visit to that country in 2000.  She fell in love with the music and people of that island and has returned there many times to study, compose and perform. 

Here at home she leads a band called Clave Gringa as a vehicle for her Cuban-flavored compositions.  When Clave Gringa came in for their first (of many, we hope) studio sessions, they performed three of Ann’s songs from their latest release, "Para Cuba Con Amor."  And, yes, you definitely feel the love.