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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Photography Art By Dj Boy (@ArtByDjBoy)

This past weekend, Uptown had the honor of kicking off the national Latin Grammy Street Party Tour at our very own Inwood Hill Park. The neighborhood came out in droves to take part in this celebration of Latino music, culture and heritage. Some heavyweight entertainers such as Los Hermanos Rosario, Eddy Herrera and Delexilio among others came out to raucous support and applause. To scan the crowd was to see folks of all ages having an old fashioned great time.

It is only fitting that this event would take place in what Remezcla has dubbed “the current center of the Latin world.” I have been saying this for quite some time; Washington Heights is a Latino Mecca. This community is experiencing a resurgence, that I have dubbed the “Uptown Renaissance”, that is being led in large part by the very people that grew up here, the sons and daughters of the very same immigrants that came here from distant shores decades ago. To see the outside world finally starting to realize that is a welcome validation indeed. Long live the Latin Grammy Street Party; we hope to see you next year.

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Photography by Ruben Henriquez (@WHRP_Ruben)

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By LARRY BLUMENFELD

Photo: Henry Lopez

Shortly after drummer Dafnis Prieto moved to New York in 1999, he felt overwhelmed. “To be honest, it wasn’t really my cup of tea,” he said from his apartment in Washington Heights.

New York was different from Barcelona, where he’d spent the previous year, and a far cry from Havana, where he attended the National School of Music. It seemed a world away from Santa Clara, his hometown—”a small Cuban city, very colonial and musical,” he called it—where he first picked up a guitar, and then bongos, before moving on to the trap set with which he’s earned distinction.

“But I was on a mission,” he said. “So I stayed.”

In New York, Mr. Prieto quickly began realizing his musical ambitions, which straddle jazz and Afro-Cuban traditions and lean resolutely forward. He soon began working with saxophonists Henry Threadgill and Steve Coleman, whose brands of jazz are distinctly challenging and worldly, and with pianist Eddie Palmieri, whose distillation of Afro-Cuban dance music is as bold as it gets. Now, 12 years after his arrival, Mr. Prieto’s own impact here, and in the wider jazz world, is undeniable. It seeps out through several bands under his leadership, a steady stream of innovative compositions, and continuing work as a versatile, in-demand sideman, not to mention his role as adjunct professor at NYU’s Jazz Studies program.

Read more: A Propulsive Force for Jazz | WSJ.com

Dafnis Prieto will be playing alongside the renowned Indian Tabla drummer Samar Saha tonight at the Cornelia Street Cafe. In a convergence of two deep improvisational traditions, two of their foremost exponents will meet to explore the chemistry of Afro-Cuban and North Indian rhythm. With pieces based on traditional rhythms and fueled by the artists’ forward-looking creativity, this rare encounter of two masterful musicians promises to yield a wide ranging, insightful and inspiring evening of music.

For more info: http://corneliastreetcafe.com/

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Apt 78 is once again taking it back and digging into the old-school Latin Music vault for some serious classic Merengue, Salsa, Bachata and Perico Ripiao. DJ Smalls will be doing the honors, drink specials and a live band – what more could you ask for? If you want a taste of what to expect see below for a video of the first Latin Classics event at Apt 78 after the DR Parade.

Video by Art By Dj Boy (@ArtByDjBoy)

Click here to see pics from that evening.

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