Hola Jazz Fans! Join Jesse ‘Chuy’ Varela and Chris Cortez for a celebration of the Machito Orchestra. With his longtime musical director, Mario Bauza, Frank Grillo, better known as Machito, blended Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz in the 1940s and gave America a vibrant new Latin twist.
In between, if you don’t have any tracks of your own, get a little of the flavor with a few clicks in your YouTube window. This group has some great clips out there. One of KCSM’s special on this will be Sunday, 2/16 – celebrating Machito’s 100th Birthday with Jesse “Chuy” Varela on The Latin Jazz Show.