As Cuba Changes, Orquesta Akokán Revives The Golden Age Of Mambo

The members of Orquesta Akokán hail from both Cuba and the U.S., assembled by vocalist and composer José "Pepito" Gómez. They recorded their debut album live to tape in just three days.

Producer Jacob Plasse and vocalist José “Pepito” Gómez share how they recorded the band’s debut in Havana’s legendary Areito Studios and what their team-up symbolizes for Cuban-American relations.

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from Jazz : NPR


Cleo Brown On Piano Jazz

Cleo Brown on the cover of Here Comes Cleo.

Cleo Brown makes a rare appearance to perform her greatest hit, “Pinetop’s Boogie-Woogie,” and to recall the style’s heyday in the 1930s.

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from Jazz : NPR