Thursday, July 26, 2012

Photo: Orchestra Brothers 1930's La Habana, Cuba

Orchestra Brothers
 Jazz  band circa 1930's
La Habana, Cuba

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Photo: Howard Levy, my Father and myself 1975 N.Y.C.


 1975 N.Y.C
Howard Levy, my Father and myself .
Playing for the Syvilla Forte dance class.
Howard is playing his 1970's Gon Bops quinto,
my Father is playing a drum he made and carved,
 I'm playing my drum made by Natalio 'Junior' Tirado Ruiz

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Los Amigos 1964 - Cuba



"Los Amigos"
1964 LP

Lower left: Guillermo Barreto (drums)
Middle: Federico Britos (violin)
Lower right: Cachaito Lopéz (acoustic bass)
Vinyl LP recorded in Havana at the Egrem studios, mid '60's.
Mostly bossa novas and sambas.
Long out of print, rare and obscure.

Tristeza
La Patica

Sunday, July 15, 2012

In memoriam: Frisner Augustin, Haitian Vodou Drummer, Dies at 63

Frisner Augustin
1948-2012

Sadly, I only heard of Frisner's death 2 days ago.


1976 Brooklyn, N.Y
L-R: John Amira, my Father,
Howard Levy, Frisner Augustin.
 After playing a Haitian ceremony from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
We came up from a basement and it was snowing.

My Father, Howard Levy, John Amira, playing
a Haitian ceremony in 1976 Brooklyn, N.Y,
with  Frisner Augustin.

Playing for a dance class in Manhattan, 1976
L-R: John Mason, Frisner Augustin,
John Amira, Howard Levy.

Playing for a dance class in Manhattan, 1976
L-R: Myself, my Father, Frisner Augustin,
John Amira, Howard Levy.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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