Felix Contreras http://wamc.org en Ethereal Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Dies http://wamc.org/post/ethereal-jazz-singer-jimmy-scott-dies Singer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15395174/little-jimmy-scott" target="_blank">Jimmy Scott</a> died of natural causes Thursday morning at his home in Las Vegas at age 88, according to his booking agent, Jean-Pierre Leduc. <p>Scott suffered from Kallmann's syndrome, a lifelong affliction that prevented his body from maturing through puberty. The condition slowed his growth, leaving his stature at 4 feet 11 inches until his late 30s. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 92598 at http://wamc.org Ethereal Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Dies Marian McPartland, 'Piano Jazz' Host, Has Died http://wamc.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 11:38:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 71864 at http://wamc.org Marian McPartland, 'Piano Jazz' Host, Has Died 'A Walking Encyclopedia Of Rhythms': Remembering Steve Berrios http://wamc.org/post/walking-encyclopedia-rhythms-remembering-steve-berrios It is not easy to play both jazz drum set and Afro-Caribbean percussion. Lots of drummers do it, but few have mastered it in a way that makes their sound in either style unmistakable from the first beat.<p>The music community lost one of those true innovators Wednesday with the death of percussionist Steve Berrios in New York at age 68. Berrios could move seamlessly from jazz to Afro-Cuban rhythms in a way that perfectly reflected his bicultural roots.<p>Berrios was a true Nuevoriqueño, born in New York in 1945 to parents who had recently arrived from Puerto Rico. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 01:16:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 70284 at http://wamc.org 'A Walking Encyclopedia Of Rhythms': Remembering Steve Berrios Tito Puente: 90 Years Of Getting People To Dance http://wamc.org/post/tito-puente-90-years-getting-people-dance The percussionist and bandleader <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15404859/tito-puente" target="_blank">Tito Puente</a> would have celebrated his 90th birthday this weekend on April 20. And the recently released box set <em>Quatro: The Definitive Collection</em> is a great place to start celebrating the once and forever King of Latin Music. It captures the driving sound of big band mambo and cha-cha-cha that launched people onto dance floors for decades.<p>When he died in 2000 at age 73, the New York City native had more than 100 recordings to his name. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 00:03:29 +0000 Felix Contreras 62766 at http://wamc.org Tito Puente: 90 Years Of Getting People To Dance Jesse & Joy, Juanes Win Big At Latin Grammys http://wamc.org/post/jesse-joy-juanes-win-big-latin-grammys <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2hM9CLAMu4</p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 19:52:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 52191 at http://wamc.org Jesse & Joy, Juanes Win Big At Latin Grammys