Felix Contreras http://kunc.org en Sofia Rei: Tiny Desk Concert http://kunc.org/post/sofia-rei-tiny-desk-concert A drum from the Argentine Pampas fuels the music of Sofia Rei in this video: The way Franco Pinna has it incorporated into a traditional drum set serves as a musical metaphor for the music Rei performs alongside Pinna and guitarist/bassist JC Maillard.<p>Rei carries the accent and spirit of her native Argentina in her jazz-infused vocals. She's successfully carved out a spot for herself within a small and exclusive group of vocalists from Latin America who, after spending their formative years in their own countries, came to the U.S. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 13:03:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 54227 at http://kunc.org Sofia Rei: Tiny Desk Concert La Santa Cecilia: Tiny Desk Concert http://kunc.org/post/la-santa-cecilia-tiny-desk-concert <a href="http://www.npr.org/search/index.php?searchinput=la+santa+cecilia">La Santa Cecilia</a> spreads joy every time its members plug in to do a show. They do it one dance step at a time, with cumbias, corridos, elegant mambos and plain old rock 'n' roll.<p>I first saw La Santa Cecilia perform in an Austin, Texas, parking lot about five years ago. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 19:19:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 52842 at http://kunc.org La Santa Cecilia: Tiny Desk Concert Arturo O'Farrill: Tiny Desk Concert http://kunc.org/post/arturo-ofarrill-tiny-desk-concert Latin jazz works best when the musicians involved are as fluent in Afro-Cuban rhythms as they are in the deep grooves and advanced harmonics of bebop. Sat, 14 Sep 2013 14:42:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 49601 at http://kunc.org Arturo O'Farrill: Tiny Desk Concert Buika: Tiny Desk Concert http://kunc.org/post/buika-tiny-desk-concert <a href="http://www.npr.org/search/index.php?searchinput=buika">Concha Buika</a>'s voice doesn't come from inside her petite body: It comes from Africa, and from the past. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 18:03:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 48835 at http://kunc.org Buika: Tiny Desk Concert Marian McPartland, 'Piano Jazz' Host, Has Died http://kunc.org/post/marian-mcpartland-piano-jazz-host-has-died <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15123605/marian-mcpartland">Marian McPartland</a>, who gave the world an intimate, insider's perspective on one of the most elusive topics in music — jazz improvisation — died of natural causes Tuesday night at her home in Long Island, N.Y. She was 95.<p>For more than 40 years, she hosted <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/piano-jazz/">Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz</a>, an NPR program pairing conversation and duet performances that reached an audience of millions, connecting with jazz fans and the curious alike. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:28:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 48607 at http://kunc.org Marian McPartland, 'Piano Jazz' Host, Has Died