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This past summer, music producer, Frankie P, began working on his first LIVE instrumental solo project. He locked himself in his home studio and recorded what he considered to be a musical canvas. With no regard to song structure, radio format, formulas, or boundaries, he created what came from the heart; the result was “Hazy Nights In The Heights,” an instrumental ride through the mind of Frankie P. The entire album will be available for free on October 10th @ www.awakeinmydreams.com

Click here for our Q&A with Frankie P.

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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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Andy Andy

Thursday, August 18th at 7:00PM
Highbridge Park (West 174th Street & Amsterdam)

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Presented in Association with Globe Star Media and La Mega.

Dominican singer Andy Andy has emerged as one of a handful of musicians on the cutting edge of the bachata craze, beginning with his debut album, Aqui Conmigo. Infused with traditional Dominican folk music and contemporary bachata, Andy juxtaposes new and old sounds to reach a wide audience. With his sophomore album, Necesito un Amor, he was nominated for the Latin Grammy award for Best Contemporary Tropical Album. Andy Andy has topped the Billboard’s Top Tropical Albums charts with Ironia, which featured Andy Andy’s staple sounds – guitar and percussion driven, mid-tempo bachata rhythms and his mellifluous vocals that bring it all together. Its hit single, “Que Ironia” was multi-formatted as a ballad and in bachata and reggaeton styles. Andy Andy’s success continued with the album Tu Me Haces Falta with his latest, Placer y Castiga peaking in the top 20 on the Billboard’s Tropical Album chart.

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Henry Santos

 Wednesday, August 17th at 7:00PM
Highbridge Park (West 174th Street & Amsterdam)

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 Presented in Association with Globe Star Media and La Mega.

Aventura’s Henry Santos is stepping into new territory with his premiere as a solo artist at SummerStage. Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Santos had an interest in music since he was a child and further developed this passion when he moved to the United States at age 14. As “a diehard music fanatic,” Santos has helped Aventura achieve phenomenal international success as a singer and composer. His compositions have secured Aventura as one of the most recognizable names in bachata music worldwide, catering to young Latinos in the US as well as audiences across Europe and Latin America. His hybrid “bachata with R&B, hip-hop and big-city attitude” sound has created a “juggernaut,” according to The New York Times. With a successful track record with Aventura, Santos solo debut is highly anticipated by numerous fans.

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Bachata Heightz

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 7:00PM
Highbridge Park (West 174th Street & Amsterdam)

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Born and raised in Washington Heights, Jerry Garcia, Jonathan Garcia, Jeffrey Cruz, Aneudy Hernandez and Diego Capellan formed Bachata Heightz to explore their musical interests while staying off the streets. The group was inspired by the tropical music of their Dominican roots as well as hip-hop and R&B. Combining these varying sounds, Bachata Heightz created urban bachata, which highlights their Latin heritage yet incorporates modern beats. As one of the first pioneers of this unique sound, they showcased it on their recording debut with Hector Acosta on “Me Puedo Matar,” which reached the top five on the Billboard Latin Tropical chart. Soon after, they released their inaugural full-length album, The First featuring the singles “Te Busco” and “No Sabes Del Amor,” becoming one of most influential groups in the Latin music scene.

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

I first became aware of the Roy Ayers Project at Fresthetic in Brooklyn after the Bago Brunch this past Saturday. Being a huge Roy Ayers fan, I was immediately intrigued by the simple and understated postcards with the words RoyAyersProject.com on them. I threw one in my back pocket, copped a few tees from the incredible selection at Fresthetic and as soon as I reached home I checked out the site. To say that I was blown away is an understatement. The Roy Ayers Project is an amazing amalgam of awesomeness. Part documentary, part blog, part artistic movement, the Roy Ayers Project is something you need to have on your radar if you are to be considered a consummate connoisseur of cool.

See below for the description of the site from the Roy Ayers Project itself.

The Roy Ayers Project is a multitude of things, brought to you by a small group of individuals dedicated to preserving and exposing the art and history of music and culture. It is first and foremost a documentary, produced by digital media professionals, telling the life, music, and philosophy of the great Roy Ayers. It is also art, talented artists who use their gifts to express themselves through canvas, murals, and other mediums capturing the spirit of Roy Ayers. It is also performance, bring together Roy Ayers himself with talent musicians to perform live at venues across the country. The Roy Ayers Project is about sharing the essence and legacy of one of the greatest musicians ever to live.

Site: http://royayersproject.com/

FB: http://facebook.com/RoyAyersProject

Twitter: @royayersproject

YouTube: http://youtube.com/royayersproject

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