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New Music Monday - Holiday Edition | Noon Today

Dec 12, 2016

On “Lunchtime at the Oasis,” KUVO music director Arturo Gómez previews some of the year’s new holiday releases, including the new Kurt Elling project called “The Beautiful Day.”  In keeping with new openness toward Cuba, the Ann Arbor, Mich. Ensemble Aguankó released a new CD this season, “Latin Jazz Christmas in Havana.”  Local pianist (and “30 Under 30” artist) Annie Booth celebrates the holidays with her trio’s new release for 2016, “Festive!”  All that and more on “New Music Monday – The Holiday Edition,” Monday, Dec. 12, Noon on KUVO.

In the liner notes of the new recording of Federico Britos, NEA Jazz Master Paquito D’Rivera states, “I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like Federico Britos, a musician so versatile and charismatic that he’ll get called for a dance, an operetta, a cocktail party, or simply to have a drink in his endearing company and chat in some Miami café.” Some poignant words from one gifted musician to another.  When he was only 5 years old in his native Montevideo, Uruguay Britos began playing violin following in his father’s footsteps.

This week we are very pleased to receive the very anticipated  follow up release by Denver's own H2 Big Band with the talented trumpeter Al Hood and gifted pianist, composer and arranger Dave Hanson. Their new one is It Could Happen  for Origin Records out of Seattle.

Paquito D’Rivera was a child prodigy on sax and clarinet, by the time he was a teen, he had already traveled to New York and Santo Domingo to perform as a featured soloist with an orchestra.  In his native Cuba he had played with the  National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba and became the youngest endorser of Selmer instruments. While visiting New York he promised himself that one day he would relocate to N.Y.

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