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Kiki Valera

Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Cuban cuatro master Kiki Valera brought his band back to KNKX for a warm-up performance ahead of their Earshot Jazz Festival concert at Town Hall. 

Latin jazz violinist Susie Hansen
Calvin Cairns / courtesy of the artist

A variety of stringed instruments and styles spice up Saturday's Jazz Caliente this week. Let's explore!

Performer from Paraíso do Tuiuti Samba School in competition in Rio de Janeiro, 2018
Fat Press / LIESA

March 2019 is going to be an extraordinary month for live music, with performances by local favorites and internationally renowned masters of Brazilian and Afro-Cuban jazz. Here's the update, and a peek beyond March, too. Click on the links for details and ticket information.

Poster for Cuban Chemistry
Kiki Valera and Coco Freeman photos by Raul Campoverde, Carlos Cascante photo courtesy of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Cuban Chemistry will sizzle at Seattle's Century Ballroom Saturday night, December 8.  The musical chemistry between Cuban cuatro master Kiki Valera, popular Cuban vocalist Coco Freeman, and award-winning vocalist and songwriter Carlos Cascante will be impossible to resist, and there will even be a dance lesson before the show, in case you need to brush up on your fancy steps.

The New Cool: Duende Libre's American Drift

Jun 22, 2018
Abe Beeson

Seattle-based trio Duende Libre is releasing its new album Drift with a party at the Rainier Arts Center on Friday, June 29th. Band leader and keys player Alex Chadsey sat down to talk with me about the trio's latest release, and their continuing exploration of musical influences from around the globe.