Five years ago, before my friend Ivon came to Manila for a visit, he did a computer search for jazz spots in Manila. Tago Jazz Café was the only name that came up. After he arrived he went to check it out and came back very excited. “There are all these young guys—not the old guys you might associate with jazz—who are very talented,” he said. A few nights later we checked the place out together. I took some photos, and the next day I interviewed Nelson Gonzales, the owner, cook, manager, handyman and drummer whose life’s work …
The band Debonair District is committed to bringing old Filipino classics to today’s audiences as jazz arrangements,
I first heard Ryan play the keyboard at Tago Jazz Café in Metro Manila, where he performed with his trio and with other groups, then later at the Ayala Museum. His work made me an instant fan, I think in part because of our love of Keith Jarrett, who speaks of improvising one note at a time. Ryan and I share a common view of inspiration, or, as my favorite music critic, Alan Rich, wrote decades ago in New York magazine, “I am neither a church-goer nor an atheist, and the reason I am not the latter can be …
This is an interview with Filipina musician Jireh Calo about her experience studying at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, one of the world’s best conservatories for jazz.
The vocal group Baihana has just released its first album, This post is an interview with Mel Torre, one of the group members, about the album. It is also an update on the group since our first interview.
This is an interview with Richie Quirino, musician, author of three books on jazz in the Philippines, and collaborator on the documentary “Pinoy Jazz.”
This is the story of a Filipina vocalist, keyboardist and composer/arranger who has just left Manila for probably the best music school for jazz in the world.
This is a recent interview with the three women who compose the vocal group Baihana, a very successful and fun-filled jazz group in the Philippines.
Tago Jazz Cafe in Cubao is the place in Metro Manila for good, non-commercial jazz, where many of the players are truly remarkable. This is a recent interview with its founder and owner, Nelson Gonzales, who talks about his plan to train and educate both players and audiences.
An American musician talks about performing folk songs in China and learning the traditional Chinese music called “Nanguan” or “Nanyin.”