Afro Cuban Jazz


The Pogues, From Behind The Squeezebox; Arturo O’Farrill And The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra Plays Live

Thursday, May 08, 2014

In this episode: James Fearnley was (and is) the accordionist for the rollicking London Irish pub-punk band The Pogues. His new memoir shines offers new insight into the band's brotherly affinities and lead singer Shane MacGowan's wild genius.

Then: Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Apollo Theater, the 65th anniversary of his dad, Chico O'Farrill's historic Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite, and the release of their new album. That's a lot of celebrating. Hear the sprawling ensemble perform live in the Soundcheck studio..

And: NPR Music contributor Chris Molanphy turns our "That Was A Hit?!?" series on its head, with "That WASN'T A Hit?!?" In this segment, he discusses "Tempted," the ubiquitous, blue-eyed soul tune by British rockers Squeeze. The song broke the Hot 100 but failed to crack the Top 40 in both the US and UK.



Keeping the Memory of Cuban Legend and Conga Master Arsenio Rodriguez Alive

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Cuban bandleader and musician Arsenio Rodriguez, born 100 years ago, was a heavy man, who wore sharp suits, big round glasses and is often credited as the godfather of salsa music. Yet, there is nary a street commemorating his contributions, nor a marker at his grave in Ferncliff Cemetery.

Comments [13]


Gig Alert: Chucho Valdés

Friday, January 20, 2012

Afro-Cuban jazz master Chucho Valdés performs with Spanish chanteuse Buika at Carnegie Hall on Saturday night. Download his stirring piece "Yansá."