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Friday, October 17th, 2014

Death of a Tuba Superstar – RIP El Jokoki

*Sam Quiñones has a good nose for great stories. Mexico had an innovative tuba superstar, and his life is worth noting. VL By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog Sad news from Mexico that Carlos Soto Beltran, aka El Jokoki, has died of complications from leukemia. Soto was the tuba player for many years for Banda

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Faustino Diaz: Trombone master from Oaxaca in L.A.

*What a wonderful interview! What a wonderful opportunity to listen and learn from a Latino master – from Oaxaca to the Rotterdam conservatory. The podcast is in Spanish,well worth the listen. VL By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s...

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Alejandro Escovedo don’t need no six-string basses

By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog Last week, in the middle of a 90-minute set in West L.A., Alejandro Escovedo hunched over his black electric guitar and splayed his feet as if he was up against gale-force...

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Classical guitarist brings real instruments to Paraguay’s “landfill” children’s orchestra, changes lives

By Kristina Puga, NBCLatino Multi-award winning Berta Rojas is not only one of the top classical guitarists in the world, she is the only woman in the male-dominated field. Her new album “Salsa Roja” was released globally this week, paying...

Monday, August 19th, 2013

LATINA STANDOUT: Meet Mexican-American Piano Prodigy Daniela Liebman

By Hispanically Speaking News You might not know who Daniela Liebman is but to truly appreciate her you must hear her.  Liebman is a Mexican-American piano prodigy who at the tender age of 11 is getting ready for her...

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Among the tacos and Mariachis, tiny youth orchestra blossoms in Boyle Heights

By Mary Plummer, KPCC Mayte Castro’s bedroom door is decorated with stickers that read,”In a world where you can be anything, be yourself.” Three sets of butterfly wings made out of fabric hang on the wall above...

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Eydie Gorme, Voice of Sophisticated Pop, Dies at 84

By Anita Gates, New York Times Eydie Gorme, the lively singer with a remarkable range who performed a decades-long act with her husband, Steve Lawrence, that made them the sweethearts of mid-20th-century American pop music, died on...

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Arturo Sandoval to Be Honored By President Obama

By Latinovations President Obama named sixteen people, including Grammy award-winning jazz musician Arturo Sandoval, for the Presidential Medal of Freedom today. Born in Cuba and later defecting to the U.S. in 1990, Sandoval is a well-known trumpeter,...

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Latina Blues Machine

By Cristina Correa, Latina Voices Outside of the Golly Box Co. on this otherwise quiet and factory-laden block of the Chicago neighborhood known as Back of the Yards, a guitar can be heard comfortably reaching high notes...

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Jazz de México

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco Crazy week! It’s pouring in South Texas as I write this (at least it’s raining where I am…) Hope it’s been productive for you…time to kick back and celebrate the day. Click below...

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Jazz de México

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco Auspicious, this Friday is. Not only is it the end of a work week, it’s also the end of a the month. Bring on June! Let’s do it! And in the mean time,...

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Jazz de México

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco Another week…Done! Big Memorial Day weekend starts just about NOW! Have fun, of course, but take time this weekend to remember those who gave their lives in the fields of battle. Heartfelt thanks...

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

U.S. Postal Service Honors Tejano Singer Lydia Mendoza With Stamp

By Victor Garcia, Fox News Latino Tejano music legend Lydia Mendoza is being recognized,  immortalized and given the respect many feels she deserves for her contributions to the American musical scene. The United States Postal Service issued a...

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Jazz de México

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco I’ve been waiting for this all week! Friday, Jazz de México day at NesTaco. It’s here! It’s time… Click back, click below, and listen. It’s the best Latino jazz musicians and composers, brought...

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