Mexican Singer – Mi Tercera Edad Mon, 27 Jun 2022 03:05:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mexican Singer – Mi Tercera Edad 32 32 Opera Singers Speak Out On Supreme Court Decision To Overturn Roe Vs. Wading Mon, 27 Jun 2022 02:05:14 +0000

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe Vs. Wade, the opera world reacted on social media sharing their thoughts on the verdict that will affect millions of women across the United States.

Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton took to Twitter and said, “We knew this was coming, and it’s still horribly heartbreaking. Go crazy, y’all. You have every reason to be. They come next for birth control and gay rights…we need to remember that anger and use its energy to move forward to fight the good fight.

Meanwhile, Joyce DiDonato shared a video of herself performing a Handel tune stating, Handel understands rage. I encourage you to sing along. As hard as you can. She added: “So what? Organize your ass. Vote. And where possible, commit to righting that wrong.

Joelle Harvey also took to Twitter and said: “We lose freedoms due to someone’s (absolutely biased) understanding of an outdated document. Also, how come states are not allowed to decide their own gun control, but can be trusted to control women’s bodies?

The 21-year-old Mexican singer is shot dead by her 79-year-old lawyer husband in a restaurant in Mexico City Fri, 24 Jun 2022 23:07:22 +0000

Mexican singer, 21, is shot dead by her lawyer husband, 79, inside a Mexico City restaurant before ‘trying to bribe cops and escape with a security guard’

  • Yrma Lydia, 21, who was just starting her music career, was shot dead at the Suntory Del Valle restaurant in the south of the city on Thursday night
  • She was assaulted by her partner, 79-year-old lawyer Jesús Hernández Alcocer
  • “A man shot his wife three times, he is already detained with another woman who accompanied him,” the local security secretary said.
  • Witnesses say after an argument, a gray-haired man shot the singer, who turned out to be her husband
  • Alcocer tried to bribe the police to let him escape with one of his security guards, who was also arrested

A Mexican singer was shot dead by her husband in a restaurant in Mexico City, local authorities said on Friday.

Yrma Lydia, 21, who was just starting her career in music, was shot dead Thursday night at the Suntory Del Valle restaurant in the south of the city when she was attacked by her companion, Jesús Hernández Alcocer, 79 .

“A man shot his wife three times, he is already detained with another woman who accompanied him,” said Omar García Harfuch, Mexico City’s security secretary.

According to witnesses, after an argument, a gray-haired man shot the singer, who turned out to be his wife.

Alcocer tried to bribe the police to let him escape with one of his security guards, who was also arrested.

Yrma Lydia, 21, who was starting her career in music, was shot dead Thursday night at the Suntory Del Valle restaurant in the south of the city when she was assaulted by her partner, Jesús Hernández Alcocer, 79.

Alcocer tried to bribe the police to let him escape with one of his security guards (pictured right), who was also arrested

Alcocer tried to bribe the police to let him escape with one of his security guards (pictured right), who was also arrested

Yrma Lydya seen in this portrait with her husband Jesús Hernández Alcocer

Yrma Lydya seen in this portrait with her husband Jesús Hernández Alcocer

According to the newspaper El Universal, Lydia had participated in some presentations of Grandiosas 12, a series of concerts in Mexico and the United States that brings together well-known singers from Central and South America, such as María Conchita Alonso and Dulce and Alicia. Villarreal.

According to the newspaper El Universal, Lydia had participated in some presentations of Grandiosas 12, a series of concerts in Mexico and the United States that brings together well-known singers from Central and South America, such as María Conchita Alonso and Dulce and Alicia. Villarreal.

“A man shot his wife three times, he is already detained with another woman who accompanied him,” said Omar García Harfuch, Mexico City’s security secretary.

The scene outside the restaurant where Lydya was killed

The scene outside the restaurant where Lydya was killed

According to the newspaper El Universal, Lydia had participated in some presentations of Grandiosas 12, a series of concerts in Mexico and the United States that brings together well-known singers from Central and South America, such as María Conchita Alonso and Dulce and Alicia. Villarreal.

A report said the Alcocer had previously been charged with extortion.

Gender-based violence has escalated in Mexico in recent years, with an average of 10 women murdered every day.

This is part of a continuing trend of rising crime under President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

He was asked on Friday that there were more murders in his three and a half years than in the six of his predecessor Felipe Calderon.

Lopez Obrador has often campaigned for Calderon to be responsible for senseless violence.

Gender-based violence has escalated in Mexico in recent years with an average of 10 women murdered every day

Gender-based violence has escalated in Mexico in recent years with an average of 10 women murdered every day

Lydya's murder is part of a continuing trend of rising crime under President Andrés Manuel López Obrador

Lydya’s murder is part of a continuing trend of rising crime under President Andrés Manuel López Obrador

Already 10 police officers have been murdered in 2022 in Mexico’s most violent state, Jalisco.

Obrador said his government was no longer focused on detaining drug cartel leaders, and in 2019 he ordered the release of a captured Sinaloa cartel leader to avoid bloodshed.

López Obrador implemented a strategy he calls “hugs, not bullets” and at times seemed to tolerate the gangs, at one point even praising them for not interfering in the election.

Asked during his daily morning press briefing if he intended to change his strategy, López Obrador replied: “No, rather the opposite, it’s the right way.”

2 priests killed in Mexico devoted decades to a remote region Wed, 22 Jun 2022 17:07:21 +0000

MEXICO CITY — Long before many roads were paved in Mexico’s remote Tarahumara Mountains, Jesuit priest Javier Campos crisscrossed the region on a motorbike. For five decades serving his impoverished communities, his familiar impersonation of a rooster and love of crowing earned him the nickname “Gallo”.

His colleague Joaquín Mora was often at his side over the past 20 years, during which drug cartels have tightened their grip on the region, filling the mountains with opium poppy and marijuana. Together they brought moral authority to balance the outsized influence of drug traffickers, fellow priests said.

The two priests, aged 79 and 80 respectively, were shot dead in the small church in the town square of Cerocahui on Monday, along with a tour guide they tried to protect from a local criminal boss. The killer, whom President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Wednesday had been identified, took away their bodies.

“They were respected. Their word was taken into account,” said Jorge Atilano, another Jesuit priest, during a mass on Tuesday evening in Mexico City.

But the priests had noted changes that made it increasingly difficult to navigate the ever-expanding criminal underworld.

Reverend Pedro Humberto Arriaga, a Jesuit superior at a mission in southern Mexico and a friend of Campos since their student years, said that during their last conversation in May, Campos told him about “the gravity of the situation, the the way the drug gangs had advanced through the area, how they were taking over the communities.’ Things were spiraling out of control with more and more armed criminals moving throughout the area, he said.

Arriaga was unaware of the threats against either priest, but everyone was aware of the risks – there and across the country.

The church’s Catholic Multimedia Center said seven priests, including Campos and Mora, have been murdered under the current administration, which took office in December 2018, and at least two dozen under the former president, who took office. took office in 2012.

The mountains have been the scene of other recent killings of indigenous leaders, environmentalists, human rights defenders and a journalist who covered the area.

Mexico’s consistently high murder rate has been a problem for López Obrador, who entered office making it clear he had no interest in continuing the war on drugs waged by his predecessors, whom he blamed for the drug war. increase in violence. His government succeeded in slowing the rise in murders, but not in reducing them.

Even without prosecuting the cartel leaders and instead focusing on the country’s social ills, the killings continued.

Barely halfway through López Obrador’s six-year term, the number of homicides – nearly 124,000 – has surpassed that of former President Felipe Calderon’s presidency, which has accelerated the frontal conflict with the cartels.

There had been talk of removing Campos and Mora from the area for their safety and because of their age, but they refused. “They died as they lived, defending their ideals,” said Enrique Hernández, a friend of the two men, during a mass in the capital of the state of Chihuahua.

Both men have been integrated into their communities of Tarahumara indigenous people, who prefer the Raramuri name, doing social work, defending local culture and advocating for basic services, including education.

Arriaga recalled Campos’ love for basketball and his passion for singing, but said it was his willingness to immerse himself in the local culture that set him apart. Campos spoke two Raramuri dialects and participated in their dances and rituals.

Jesuits are known for their missionary work in colonial-era Latin America, particularly among indigenous peoples, Andrew Chestnut, a professor of religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, said in an email.

“In fact, they were expelled from Brazil and Spanish America during the second half of the 18th century for being accused of depriving the colonists of native labor by concentrating them on their missions,” said Chestnut.

Over the past half-century, Jesuits have been known as defenders of human rights and promoters of social justice. “The two are the latest casualties in a country that has become one of the most dangerous in the world for Catholic clergy, primarily due to rampant drug violence,” he said.

During Mass in Mexico City on Tuesday evening, Luis Gerardo Moro, Mexico’s top Jesuit, said the killings marked “a breaking point and a point of no return in the path and mission of the Society (of Jesus) in Mexico”. He said the priests of the order will continue to speak out against the neglect and violence that persists in the region and will not remain silent in the face of injustice.

López Obrador lamented the killings on Wednesday and, without identifying him, said authorities were looking for a man who had an outstanding warrant from 2018 for the alleged murder of an American tourist.

In this case, Patrick Braxton-Andrew, a 34-year-old Spanish teacher from North Carolina, was traveling in the Tarahumara Mountains when he was apparently suspected of being an American drug agent and killed. Despite the crime, the area’s natural beauty continues to attract tourists.

On Tuesday, Javier Ávila, another Jesuit priest who has worked in the area since the 1970s, told local radio that the two priests knew their killer because he was a local crime boss. He said the man was “crazy, drunk” and had threatened locals to shut up.

The man “told them, ‘If you talk and there’s movement, I’ll come get you all and kill you all,'” Ávila said.

Authorities were also looking for three other people abducted Monday in the town of about 1,100 people.

Pope Francis, himself a Jesuit, said via Twitter: “How many murders in Mexico! Violence does not solve problems, but only increases unnecessary suffering.”

Ávila said there was impunity for crimes in the Tarahumara Mountains and throughout Mexico. It is increasingly brazen and fueled by “the incompetence of authorities at all levels”, he said. “We’re fed up.”


AP writer Christopher Sherman in Mexico City contributed to this report.

Fort Worth Opera continues to recognize diversity in the community – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth Mon, 20 Jun 2022 22:42:01 +0000

The American history of opera dates back to the 18th century, and throughout its history, black musicians have shaped an art form that tells a story through music and song.

“The past has completely colored and shaped who we are, but as a people it has shaped how we feel, how I feel, is important to bring to the fore, that is, our history, our culture, our movement, our drive through the arts, through music, through gospel music, jazz, blues, even country music. And that has its place in classical music. We’re going through this birth of be a musician across all these different genres and you end up as an opera singer,” said Afton Battle, who was hired in late 2020 to direct Fort Worth Opera.

The classically trained singer is from Texas and the first female and first black CEO in the company’s history.

“We stand on the shoulders of our ancestors. We stand on the shoulders of HT Burleigh. We stand on the shoulders of Florence Price, of Margaret Bonds, our legends and ancestors who are no longer with us. And then we let us also hold on the shoulders of our colleagues and artists who are still with us but had to come before us to get to this point Anthony Davis who wrote terrific operas about Malcolm X. He wrote Central Park Five and won a Pulitzer. Anthony has been writing operas for over 30 years. And so not only do we stand on his shoulders. We stand side by side with him,” Battle said.

  • Burleigh (1886-1949) is considered America’s first prominent black composer.
  • Price (1887-1953) is considered the first African-American composer to achieve national status.
  • Bonds (1913-1972) was a pianist, composer, and the first black guest to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
  • Davis (1971- ) premiered his Pulitzer Prize-winning opera X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X at the American Music Theater Festival in 1985.

As Battle planned for FWO’s 2022-23 season, she continued her commitment to being “The People’s Company.” Its goal from day one has been to present opera experiences that speak to and engage the community.

“This work does not stop. It continues to evolve. It continues to deepen. And it continues to grow. And we have to be stable in the race, and we have to be able to put our heels and our markers in what believe us,” Battle said.

“That’s what I’ve sought to do in the 76th season, is to show the Fort Worth community, yes, we’re an opera company. Yes, we do great opera on stage, but we let’s also recognize and see our community for the vibrant, colorful and diverse community and it’s important to me that everyone sees themselves within that community in this company, that they see themselves on stage, that they see themselves in our staff, in our board, which means they see themselves in our audience.

The season opens October 21 with performances of Noches de Latinidad: El Fuego de Una Mujer (Latin Nights: A Woman’s Fire) with Catalina Cuervo and Eduardo Rojas, and a one-night-only performance of Noches de Zarzuela, a Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Concert at the Artes de la Rosa Arts Cultural Center at the Rose Marine Theater.

In November, the spotlight shines on Metropolitan Opera star Karen Slack in concert at Texas Christian University’s (TCU) new Van Cliburn Concert Hall, titled My Sister’s Keeper and featuring award-winning pianist Michelle Cann.

In December, the company will partner with the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) for a return of Amahl and the Night Visitors.

Then in January, FWO will perform the Southern premiere of Damien Geter’s symphonic work An African American Requiem at TCU’s Van Cliburn Concert Hall.

The piece will be followed by a revival of the society’s Black History Month concert, A Night of Black Excellence, which will be performed again at the historic IM Terrell Academy in Fort Worth ISD for STEM and VPA in February. .

FWO’s season culminates with a concert featuring Verdi’s Aida with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) at TCU’s Van Cliburn Concert Hall, and Hattie Mae Lesley’s annual resident artist showcase.

“It’s a piece that has caused some controversy in our industry where they have an Aida who is not a woman of color and they darken her skin. Same as Othello. So casting this whole opera like he could have been played in North Africa at the time. I wanted to have, of course, a black Aida,” Battle said.

Prior to Aida’s presentation, FWO will also be hosting a series of symposia on April 13-15, 2023, which will address racial equity in the arts.

“This two-day symposium will be held with a wonderful panel of educators and scholars, talking and deepening some of these conversations that we haven’t had publicly in our art form, which is why wouldn’t you play not a role or a play like Aida exactly as I’ve described it to you,” Battle said. “Why aren’t we telling these stories from perspectives in which we’re able to show and see our community fully represented?”

To advance the advocacy mission, the FWO Board of Directors last year approved a set of principles focused on diversity, equity, inclusion and access.

“Over several months, a diverse group of Fort Worth Opera employees and board members, artists, DEIA professionals and community leaders worked to create a meaningful statement of principles to guide business and move the Fort Worth Opera forward in a more inclusive and courageous direction, as well as to bring opera performance and education to as many people as possible in the most authentic and accessible way” , Board Administrator Ebony Rose said in a press release.

]]> The Day – Thana Alexa, a singer with blurred boundaries, made history in Croatia (and beyond) with her Grammy nomination Sun, 19 Jun 2022 04:14:09 +0000

Armed with degrees in psychology and jazz performance from the New School University in New York, Thana Alexa stood out even before becoming the first Croatian artist of any musical genre to earn a Grammy nomination last year.

The fact that her nomination came for “ONA,” an album that was inspired by Croatian women in general — and her mother and now 100-year-old grandmother in particular — makes the singer’s Grammy tale internationally acclaimed. even more remarkable.

So does the fact that her Grammy-nominated album features her in both English and Croatian. Released in 2020, “ONA” draws on the musical traditions Alexa learned in Zagreb and New York, where she was born. She has spent almost every summer since childhood in Dubrovnik, then moved to Zagreb with her family when she was 13.

“I’ve always had these two very important identities in my life,” the 2021 Grammy nominee said.

“When I’m here in the United States,” Alexa said, “I’m ‘the Croatian girl’. And when I’m in Croatia, I’m ‘the American girl.’ appreciating all parts of me and that translates, artistically, into the way I hear and make music.

“I take things from both cultures, whether it’s the time signatures of the Balkans and the microtonal folk music of Croatia or the jazz and black American music I listened to growing up.”

Alexa has been hailed on both sides of the Atlantic for her artistic audacity, stylistic diversity and vocal agility. The accolades came for her both as the leader of her own group and as a member of Migration.

The latter is the eclectic ensemble led by her husband, the great Mexican drummer Antonio Sanchez, who won a Grammy for his innovative score for Alejandro Iñárritu’s 2014 Oscar-winning film “Birdman.” featured on his 2018 album “Lines in the Sand”.

In any context, Alexa is as adept at digging deep into the lyrics of a new or altered song as she is when performing wordless, horn-like vocal lines. This allows him to deliver melodies and harmonies in unison with the instrumentalists at his side.

Alexa adds a contemporary edge to its music with looping, a digital process that allows performers to record multiple layers of music in real time, then sing or play a live instrument over it.

Using her voice and an electronic keyboard, she demonstrates the process on a video called “Solo Looping” on her website. She also offers loops during her concerts by triggering loops with a pedal or with her hands while singing.

“One of the most interesting things for me about looping and using electronic effects is how I can, if I want to, create the sound of a Balkan choir,” Alexa said. , who started wrapping up gigs out of necessity.

“I did a lot of my own backing vocals on my debut album (‘Ode to Heroes’ in 2014). When I bought the album, record companies and talent scouts asked me, ‘How do you count you do this live?’

“It was Antonio’s idea that I should buckle up. I started using pedals just to recreate what I did on the album. electronics, it informed what I was composing.”

Alexa laughed when asked if looping while singing live with a band required twice the concentration.

“This may be a recipe for disaster!” she says.

“It’s a very scary aspect, when you’re not only prone to human error but also computer error. But I’ve been looping for so long now that using electronics as an extension of my voice can be so rewarding.”

Curiously, 35-year-old Alexa didn’t fully embrace jazz – or singing – until her family moved to Croatia.

Equally intriguing, when her parents, brother and Alexa moved to Zagreb, she was a dedicated young classical violinist who had won accolades in New York for her playing. She credits her inability to speak Croatian at the time for her decision to move away from the instrument.

“I had played the violin very seriously, from the age of 4, and I was the first chair of youth symphonies and my school in New York,” recalls Alexa, who does not use her surname, Pavalic, professionally.

“I wanted to be the next Vanessa Mae and play the violin with all the best orchestras when I grew up. But when we moved to Croatia, I couldn’t enroll in music schools because I didn’t speak enough the language well.

“I found a violin teacher in Zagreb but I had no opportunity to play. And I wanted to connect with the language I could express myself with, which was English. I had always listened to jazz , blues and soul at home. My dad played everything from Louis Armstrong to Bob Marley and Etta James, so that’s what I wanted to sing. I found a singing teacher in Zagreb and everything s is developed from there.

Fortune smiled on her when her parents introduced her to vibraphonist Bosko Petrovic. A figurehead of jazz in Zagreb and beyond, he became her first musical mentor. Alexa quickly discovered that jazz was held in very high esteem in Croatia and neighboring Eastern European countries, where – during the days of the Soviet Union – jazz had been banned by communist regimes. in power.

“One of the beautiful things about jazz in Europe is that it’s so supported in small countries like Croatia. It’s part of the culture there to support great music,” Alexa said. , who noted the irony of his passion for this quintessence of American origin. music ignites in Zagreb.

“When you grow up respecting this music, it changes your outlook,” she said. “When I came back to the States to go to college, I really learned the history of jazz – and it was like my mind had just exploded!”

It was while taking a jazz improvisation class at Northeastern University in Boston that Alexa heard Charles Mingus’ classic 1959 ballad “Goodbye Porkpie Hat.” She cites John Handy’s poignant tenor saxophone solo in the song as a profound influence on her vocal approach.

“It was the first time I experienced how the voice could be used as an instrument and sing a song that wasn’t written for the voice,” Alexa said.

“I learned the melody and put lyrics to it, not knowing then that Joni Mitchell had done the same thing (in 1979) with ‘Goodbye Porkpie Hat’. I started to see how the voice can be a lyrical instrument and experimental. It was a huge, mind-blowing moment for me.

Since no one in her family had ever pursued a career in any art medium, Alexa wasn’t sure if she would do it herself. That’s why, after transferring to the New School in New York, she earned degrees in psychology and jazz performance.

Alexa credits trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater and former John Coltrane bassist Reggie Workman as essential teachers, and singles out the Workman-led ensemble in which she had to sing horn parts. But it was former Aretha Franklin/Dizzy Gillespie drummer Bernard Purdie who became his greatest mentor while in school.

Purdie gave him the task of composing and writing arrangements for the New School’s R&B ensemble. He encouraged her to stretch and take musical risks.

“Bernard also taught me about the business side of music and, in particular, how to do things with integrity,” recalls Alexa, who joined The New School’s music faculty last year. “He told me repeatedly, ‘You have to do what you mean and say what you mean. And, if you make a mistake, mean it!'”

]]> Carlos Santana keeps his music legend persona at bay: ‘I don’t even look at that guy!’ he says Fri, 17 Jun 2022 13:01:53 +0000

There’s one person Carlos Santana is careful to keep out of his home, and that’s… Carlos Santana. Or, more precisely, it is the famous Carlos Santana, of whom you won’t find a clue in the home he shares with his wife and bandmate, drum dynamo Cindy Blackman Santana.

“I don’t have to be this guy that people call an ‘icon’ or a ‘legend of the guitar,’ or whatever,” the famed Latin rock pioneer said, adding for emphasis: ” I don’t, I don’t even know see to this guy!

The famous guitarist’s Las Vegas home features scrapbooks, photos and memorabilia from some of his musical idols.

But Casa Santana has next to nothing to indicate that its owner is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a Kennedy Center Honors recipient. Likewise, nothing about him even hints at his 10 Grammy wins, three Latin Grammys, and dozens of platinum albums (the worldwide sales of his 1999 album, “Supernatural,” alone total more than 30 million).

“There’s nothing Santana in the house,” pointed out the veteran musician, who grew up largely in Tijuana before moving to San Francisco in his mid-teens.

“There’s Coltrane, and Miles (Davis) and Jimi Hendrix, but I don’t have anything to do with Santana at home. I have things in the office, because we’re grateful for platinum records, and for this and that. But I keep the two separate, even though they are one.

The reason?

“I did my best and managed not to become the product of anyone, including myself,” Santana replied. “I prefer to be like a constantly changing cloud. A cloud that contains water and is going to rain somewhere later, but is constantly changing shape, you know? »

Guitarist Carlos Santana (right) and bassist David Brown are shown performing in 1969 at the Woodstock Festival in upstate New York. The performance catapulted Santana and the band that bears his name to world stardom.

(Tucker Ranson/Getty Images)

Withdraw? ‘Never!’

Now 74, the man born Carlos Humberto Santana Barragán will open his band’s 2022 summer tour with Earth, Wind & Fire with a sold-out show tonight at the North Island Credit Union Amphitheater in Chula Vista. The tour has been pushed back twice, first from 2020 and then from last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Santana and his wife hunkered down at their home in Kauai. There, the couple completed Santana’s latest album, “Blessings and Miracles,” which was released last October.

Inspired, in part, by “Supernatural,” it features a host of guest artists, including Steve Winwood, Chris Stapleton, Dave Matthews, G-Eazy, and Metallica’s Kirk Hammett.

The fact that half of the album was recorded via Zoom – due to the pandemic – doesn’t bother Santana. His tour is not postponed two years in a row either.

“I’m not addicted to being on stage or having people give me a standing ovation,” said the mustachioed guitarist, who shot to worldwide fame after his band’s electrifying performance at the 1969 Woodstock festival.

“If the performance is unavailable, I can always be with Cindy,” he explained. “And we can go for car rides in Hawaii, or here in Las Vegas, and discover new trails, or read new books, or reread passages from old books.”

Yet when asked when he might stop touring and recording, his response is instantaneous: “Never!”

Santana spoke to the Union-Tribune last week. Here are edited excerpts from that conversation.

Q: In 2020, I interviewed your wife, Cindy, about her new album, “Give the Drummer Some”. She said you encouraged her to do an album that would feature her singing, and she replied, “I was like, ‘It’s okay, honey, but thank you. Just because I like so much drums, my first thought for making music is to get on drums and create with people. Then she told me that you kept encouraging her, and that she ended up accepting and singing on the album. I wonder, does it work both ways? Is there something she encouraged you to do that took you out of your comfort zone?

A: Yes, she does that every day. But it’s a beautiful way she does it. His favorite band is Lifetime (drummer) Tony Williams with (organist) Larry Young and (guitarist) John McLaughlin. And I think that invites me to put (my favorites) BB King Albert King, Freddie King and T-Bone Walker aside for a minute and just focus on Wes Montgomery, Grant Green and, you know, jazz.

She inspired me to embrace jazz even more… It’s one thing to listen to it and another thing to get into it, and that’s what she helped me do.

Q: In 2007 we talked about your live album with Wayne Shorter and you said to me, “There’s the Pacific Ocean, a lake and a pool, and I know I could never get into the center of ‘How Deep. Is the Ocean’ or ‘How Haut la lune’ Can I assume that now you feel more comfortable to dive deeper as a guitarist?

A: Yeah, it’s a form of improvisation, of articulation. You see, I think jazz musicians play with the unknown and the unpredictable, which is pure improvisation. They always improvise. That’s how they write songs. Their composition is an improvisation. From there, they take on the shape of the melody, and the symmetry of it…

I was more oriented towards learning songs. So I learned a few, like “My favorite things”. And I learned from my father to visit and honor the song, the melody, the theme. But now I’m learning how to do even more and why it’s important to do what Miles (Davis) told his bandmates, “Play like you can’t play.”

It is a matter of purity and innocence; improvise with purity and innocence. And don’t worry, don’t think too much about what you think or what other people think… just do it. Just let it out.

Q: One of my favorite musical memories is memorable even if you didn’t play a note. It was at your 1992 Tijuana comeback concert at the seaside bullring. As I wrote in my review: “The first highlight was the lively afternoon opener by Tequila, with special guest Jose Santana on violin. The eldest Santana was joined on stage by his famous son, who received a standing ovation from fans in the then half-full arena. After a father-son embrace, Carlos briefly played air guitar while the eldest Santana and the other mariachis performed “Por tu Maldito Amor”. What do you remember from this day?

A: I remember it was very deliciously dangerous. Because there are elements there that are like the movie “Sicario” or a bit like being in Ukraine… But at the same time, it was nice to see my father and my son next to me and , and to have Tijuanans be very, very proud of us. Because we brought the music from our hearts to the rest of the world. And everywhere I go, I take Tijuana with me.

Q: Is there any footage from that arena concert that could be used in the next documentary film that Rudy Valdez, Brian Glazer and Ron Howard are making about you?

A: It might be a good idea. Thanks for suggesting it.

Q: Let me take you back. You are 14 years old and you are the bass player of Javier Batiz’s group, Los TJ’s, which plays in Tijuana’s nightclubs on Avenida Revolucion. At that age, did you just have fun playing music? Or did you feel that either you had found your destiny. where did your destiny find you?

A: When I was young, discovering the electric guitar was a bit like seeing a white whale for the first time, or entering a UFO mothership! I learned that I could go anywhere I wanted. Once I discovered that I could get on stage, not only (in Tijuana), but in San Francisco with Michael Bloomfield and Jerry Garcia and Eric Clapton, it gave me something that my father (mariachi violinist) m had instilled since my childhood. .

And that is real tangible trust. Not arrogance, but confidence. The confidence that, with everything in front of you, waiting your turn, and when it’s time for you to do what you have to do, you take it higher, enlarge it, expand it, and complete it.

That’s what my father taught me. Because I could do something with a note (on a guitar) that a lot of people can’t. That is to say, I can ensure that this note reaches the four corners of the world. And as soon as people hear this note, they rejoice, they have fun. …With a note, you can convince people that there’s a place inside them that they need to celebrate

Q: You’re in a rare position where you can get on stage and improvise, while you play songs that people grew up with — and maybe their parents grew up with, too. How do artistic and commercial success combine for you?

A: It’s very easy. There is no conflict for me. Some people have a conflict with, you know, they want to be elite. And they think anything to do with radio and commercial reality is “sold”. But I agree with (the late jazz drumming legend) Tony Williams, who said, “If you sell one record, you’ve already ‘sold’…

But I don’t see it as a negative thing. For example, probably the most commercial song ever played on radio, or in life, is Nat “King” Cole’s “Mona Lisa”, and it’s a great song. Or “Misty” by Johnny Mathis. I don’t think being on the radio creating “commercial music” is a bad thing.

Q: You are married to a great drummer. Have you improved your game, musically, since she became Santana’s drummer?

A: Yeah. With Cindy, I find myself thinking and acting like Miles Davis: “If someone goes up and down, you go left and right.” I learned from my awesome Cindy to bring contrast – someone brings this, you bring that. Being with Cindy is fun more than anything; really, really fun. We’re like kids trying to see who can splash the most water out of the tub!

Santana, with Earth, Wind and Fire

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: North Island Credit Union Amphitheater, 2050 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista

Tickets: Exhausted

On line:

How you can help those struggling with addiction in New Jersey Wed, 15 Jun 2022 14:38:16 +0000

As you know, I have worked closely with one of the greatest champions in the fight against addiction for many years.

My friends at CFC Loud N Clear have been on the front lines since 2011. They primarily serve Ocean, Monmouth, and Bergen counties in New Jersey.

Literally thousands of lives have been saved due to their intervention, recovery techniques and sober living structure.

This week they are hosting their annual gala to raise money for this important cause.

As you know, the addiction crisis has worsened over the past two years as irresponsible and reckless government mandates have further pushed people in need of help into self-isolation. More than 100,000 Americans lost the battle between April 2020 and April 2021.

CFC’s mission is critical to the future of our state and our nation. Helping families support those who are hurting and providing people who are overcoming addiction the opportunity to live a life of sobriety is part of what SWC offers.

Join me at the annual Farmingdale’s Farm Gala.

We’re fresh off of last weekend’s race where we circled the track at record speeds to support the cause. Well, CFC’s Daniel Regan hit record speed, beating my time by 19 seconds. Yes, that’s a huge win around a 2.25 mile track!

Bill Spadea and Daniel Regan of CFC Loud N Clear

Bill Spadea and Daniel Regan of CFC Loud N Clear

Support this important cause.

One day I hope we live long enough to see the day when services like this are no longer needed, today is not the day.

For now, help if you can. Thank you and see you soon at the Gala!

New Jersey’s New Legislative Districts for the 2020s

The boundaries of the 40 legislative districts for the Senate and Assembly elections from 2023 to 2029, and possibly 2031, were approved in a bipartisan Allocation Commission vote on February 18, 2022. The map continues to favor the Democrats, although Republicans say it gives a chance of winning a majority.

2021 NJ Property Taxes: See How Your City Compares

Find your municipality in this alphabetical list to see how its average property tax bill for 2021 compares to others. You can also see how much the average bill has changed since 2020. For an interactive map version, click here. And for the full analysis by New Jersey 101.5, read this story.

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of Bill Spadea, host of New Jersey talk show 101.5. All opinions expressed are those of Bill. Bill Spadea is on the air weekdays from 6-10 a.m., speaking from Jersey, taking your calls at 1-800-283-1015.

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PtaZeta on normalizing same-sex lyrics in rap music – Billboard Mon, 13 Jun 2022 22:03:39 +0000

PtaZeta is celebrating Pride Month by revamping one of their favorite tracks, “A Quien Le Importa” from Alaska y Dinarama. An Amazon original, released on Friday, PtaZeta’s new take is a bonafide EDM version without compromising the song’s message: “Who cares what I do?/ Who cares what I say?/ I am like that and I will never change.”

Inspired by artists like Alaska, the up-and-coming Spanish rapper hopes to empower fans with her unapologetic lyrics, many of which reflect her eerie, open-minded calligraphy. “I want to normalize a woman singing for another woman and what that means to the community,” the artist said. Billboard.

The 23-year-old, born Zuleima del Pino Gonzalez, hails from the Canary Islands of Las Palmas and has won fans by fusing trap, reggaeton and dembow music on her own terms. She has collaborated with artists such as Nicki Nicole and Farina and with Bizarrap for her “BZRP Music Sessions #45”, to name a few. Last month, she signed a recording contract with Interscope Records and will soon release her first single under the label “Ponte Pal Sex”.

PtaZeta is this week’s Latin Pride Artist, part of our series featuring queer Latin artists who are helping reshape their gender. Read more about her below:

How have you contributed to creating tolerance in your genre?

Like any queer artist should, accepting my own style, my own tastes and using the pronouns I love so I can show the huge spectrum I embrace. Also, not caring about what other people say because, for me, it’s always more important to be myself. More importantly, I want to normalize a woman singing for another woman and what it means to the community.

As a queer artist, how have you helped reshape your genre?

There’s not a lot of representation from the LGBTTQIA+ community in my genre, or in urban music in general. As a queer artist, I reshape that by being myself and singing for the people I love. I think it’s really important to show visibility to open-minded artists like me so we can start to see improvement in the music industry,

How has accepting your queer identity impacted your profession?

I understand that a lot of people have a hard time finding each other, but for me it’s natural to sing for people of my same gender. It’s just who I am, otherwise I’d be lying. Fortunately, I have always been clear and now I am proud to represent a large part of the community, to whom I will always be grateful to have my support and to support my musical career.

What’s your all-time favorite Pride anthem?

One of my favorite Pride anthems of all time is “A quien le importa” from Alaska, which I had the opportunity to cover this year, and it turned out really cool!

This year, I will be celebrating Pride by…

Always show who I am and be proud of it!

Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts announces ‘Taste Of The Spencer’ fundraiser scheduled for next weekend Sat, 11 Jun 2022 14:02:12 +0000

A delicious feast of surf and turf and tasty wines take center stage at the 2022 “Taste of the Spencer” party and fundraiser on Saturday, June 18 at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to this evening of tasteful fun in which all Spencer Theater patrons play a part! Freshly prepared lobster tail and filet mignon dinner will be served on our cool, high-tech performance stage in a festive tribute to 25 years of non-profit theater success. Bravissimo!

After the savory sweet desserts, a fast-paced live auction, guided by Texas State Champion Clay Golden, further adorns the night with offers of idyllic adventures and luxurious getaways – all trips distinctive features reflecting the worldly spirit of this cultural gem. Know that a challenge match of individual donations for each dollar raised has already been promised by a fervent supporter, encouraging magnanality! Raise your paddle and join in the fun, or just toast those pledging generous support. Just being at the party is a fabulous measure of giving – and we thank you for it!

The annual “Taste of the Spencer” – the most significant fundraiser of the theater’s calendar year – is truly a magical community-wide fundraising effort. Tickets ($125) are available at or call 575.336.4800.

Next :

• Texas Playboys by Bob Wills conducted by Jason Roberts on Saturday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ($45-$66). The famous group Texas Swing includes 10 musicians on violins, keyboards and horns: “Faded Love”, “I Ain’t Got Nobody”, “New San Antonio Rose” more! Southern Fried Chicken Buffet ($25) at 6 p.m.

• Ultimate Elvis Tribute by Cody Ray Slaughter on Thursday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ($45-$76). The world’s hottest Elvis impersonator performs all of Elvis’ moves, grooves and songs with perfect voice, swagger and costumes. Chicken fajitas & chili rellenos buffet ($25) at 6 p.m.

• The Ball Brothers Saturday, July 9 at 8 p.m. ($45-$56). Award-winning southern gospel quartet singing praiseworthy, message-driven melodies with their rhythm group. Buffet four manicotti cheeses & tomato meat sauce ($25) at 6 p.m.

• Le Chaperon Rouge at the Missoula Children’s Theater on Friday, July 15 at 7 pm ($10 for children, $18 for adults). Casting call for all children ages 6-17, no experience necessary. Auditions: Monday July 11 at 9 a.m. (Arrival at 8:30 a.m.). A free week-long theater workshop culminates in a public performance. Information: (575) 336-4800.

• A1A – The Official & Original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show Saturday, July 23 at 8 p.m. ($45-$76). The famed tropical rock band is the ONLY Buffett-endorsed tribute band: “Margaritaville,” “Cheeseburger In Paradise,” “Son of a Sailor,” and more. Baked Pacific Cod Buffet ($25) at 6 p.m.

• Pavlo on Friday, July 29 at 8 p.m. ($45-$66). Stunning guitarist and band fusing flamenco, Greek, Latin, Balkan and classical traditions into a unique “Mediterranean” sound. Pavlo’s rhythmic blends of guitars, basses and percussion create intoxicating original music. Sponsored in part by Scott Northam, CPA, PC. Beef & shrimp kebab buffet ($25) at 6 p.m.

• Tony Orlando in concert Saturday August 6 at 8 pm and Sunday August 7 at 2 pm ($76-$79). Pop-Rock music icon, actor, entertainer, 3x AMA winner with a string of #1 mega hits: “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Ole Oak Tree”, “Knock Three Times”, “Candida” , others will be joined here with his band of 6. Career highlights include 15 top 40 hits, 2 platinum and 3 gold albums, Congressional Medal of Honor, Hall of Fame of the vocal group, a television variety show. Appearing with a gang of 6. Buffets ($25): Saturday: Angus beef meatloaf at 6 p.m.; Sunday: chicken & waffles at noon.

•Kathy Mattea Saturday, August 13 at 8 p.m. ($66-$69). 2 Grammy-winning stars and band: “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses”, “Walk the Way the Wind Blows”, “The Battle Hymn of Love”, and more. Chicken and Green Chili Lasagna Buffet ($25) at 6 p.m.

• Jim Curry’s tribute to the music of John Denver Saturday, August 20 at 8 p.m. ($45 – $66). Join famed singer Jim Curry and his band for this tribute to the music of one of the most beloved singer-songwriters to ever grace the stage. BBQ beef brisket buffet ($25) at 6 p.m.

**Offsite Event Rainmakers Golf Tournament Tuesday, August 23 at 7 a.m. ($125) – Benefiting Spencer’s operations and programming.

• Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Thursday, August 25 and Friday, August 26 at 8 p.m. ($76-$79). Grammy Hall of Famers, this group of 6 is one of the most iconic country-folk-rock bands in American music history: “Mr. Bojangles”, “Long Hard Road”, “Fishin’ In The Dark “, etc. Buffet, Friday only: Fried chicken steak with sauce ($25) at 6 p.m.

• Lonesome Traveler Live In Concert on Saturday, September 3 at 8 p.m. ($45-$66). Multimedia production with a cast of 6 musicians celebrating the tunes of the folk music era: “Blowin’ In The Wind”, “Midnight Special”, “Puff, The Magic Dragon”… Buffet of catfish nuggets crispy fries ($25) at 6 p.m.

The 2022 Summer Season is sponsored in part by the Hugh Bancroft Jr. Foundation, Eleganté Lodge & Suites, Elevate Hotel at Sierra Blanca Ruidoso, KOBR Channel 8, MTD Media, Walton Stations of New Mexico with additional season support from Ruidoso Ford-Lincoln, RD & Joan Dale Hubbard Foundation, Rainmakers Golf & Lifestyle Community, Comcast Spotlight, Burt Broadcasting, Carlsbad Radio, Majestic Communications, and First National Bank of Ruidoso.

Today in History – The Boston Globe Fri, 10 Jun 2022 04:02:43 +0000

In 1692, the first execution resulting from the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts took place when Bridget Bishop was hanged.

In 1907, eleven men in five cars set off from the French Embassy in Peking for a race to Paris. (Prince Scipione Borghese of Italy was the first to arrive in the French capital two months later.)

In 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio by Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith and William Griffith Wilson.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed into law the Equal Pay Act of 1963, aimed at eliminating pay disparities based on sex.

In 1967, a six-day war in the Middle East involving Israel, Syria, Egypt, Jordan and Iraq ended when Israel and Syria agreed to a ceasefire through United Nations.

In 1971, President Richard M. Nixon lifted a two-decade-old trade embargo on China.

In 1977, James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., escaped from Brushy Mountain State Prison in Tennessee with six others. it was resumed on June 13.

In 1978 Affirmed, ridden by Steve Cauthen, won the 110th Belmont Stakes to win the 11th Triple Crown of horse racing.

In 1991, 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard of South Lake Tahoe, California was abducted by Phillip and Nancy Garrido; Jaycee was held by the couple for 18 years before being found by authorities.

In 2009, James von Brunn, an 88-year-old white supremacist, opened fire at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, killing security guard Stephen T. Johns. (Von Brunn died in a North Carolina hospital in January 2010 while awaiting trial.) Donald Trump fired Miss California USA Carrie Prejean, who sparked controversy when she said gay people shouldn’t be allowed to to marry.

In 2012, parts of northern Colorado and southern New Mexico battled wildfires that were spreading rapidly through mountainous forest land, forcing hundreds of evacuations. Shanshan Feng won the LPGA Championship to become the first Chinese player to win an LPGA Tour title and a Major event, closing with a 5-under 67 for a two-time win at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, NY The bittersweet “Once” won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical; “Clybourne Park” won Best Game.

In 2013, jury selection began in Sanford, Fla., during the trial of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (Zimmerman was acquitted.)

In 2016, Muhammad Ali was laid to rest in his hometown of Louisville, Ky., after a day of farewell. “Mr. Hockey” Gordie Howe, who set scoring records for decades, has died in Sylvania, Ohio, at age 88.

In 2017, British Prime Minister Theresa May struck a tentative deal with the Northern Ireland Democratic Unionist Party to support the Conservative government, which had been stripped of its majority in a disastrous election. Unseeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko stunned No. 3 Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the French Open final for the first title of her career.

In 2020, protesters pulled down a century-old statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Richmond, the former capital of the Confederacy. NASCAR announced that it was banning the Confederate flag at all of its races and venues; the flag was a common sight at these events for over 70 years.

Last year, Republican lawmakers voted with a majority of Democrats in the Oregon House of Representatives to expel a Republican member, Mike Nearman, who let violent far-right protesters into the US Capitol. State as of December 2020. The wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman pleaded guilty in Washington to helping her husband run his multi-billion dollar criminal empire. (Emma Coronel Aispuro would be sentenced to three years in prison.)