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Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra "Squatty Roo" (Live In Germany)

New Cuban Hip-Hop Meets Old Cuban Soul

For me, nothing beats falling down a musical rabbit hole, where encountering a single artist or record sets you off on a long path of discovery.<p>My recent journey into Latin soul started a few months ago. Two things set it off. First, we did a fantastic show about La Lupe, Queen of Latin Soul. I'd …

On Fania Records And The Music That Made It Matter

Fifty years ago, New York City musician Johnny Pacheco and his lawyer friend Jerry Masucci started a small Latin music record label and delivered their first albums to record stores across the city — from the trunk of the musician's car.<p>From these humble beginnings, Fania Records eventually became …

Latin Roots: Essential Latin Jazz

We welcome record producer Aaron Luis Levinson back to <i>World Cafe</i>'s <i>Latin Roots: Essentials</i> series. This week, Levinson offers up his essential Latin jazz picks, starting with Duke Ellington's version of "Caravan." The song, written by Puerto Rican trombonist Juan Tizol, is a classic of the genre — …

Duke Ellington