Dale Fitzgerald, Jazz Gallery Founder, 1942-2015

Posted on March 31, 2015

Jazz Gallery Founder Dale Kelley Fitzgerald leaves behind a massive legacy that lives on in music, life and through the love of others

DaleFitzgeraldDale Kelley Fitzgerald, who co-founded New York’s prestigious Jazz Gallery in 1995 and was its Executive Director until 2009, died on March 20 after a long struggle with cancer. He was 72.

His life and legacy will be celebrated in the coming months at The Jazz Gallery —more details to be announced.

In lieu of flowers or other gifts in the wake of his passing, his family is asking that donations be made to his son Gabriel’s education fund, HERE.

*photo courtesy of Ingrid Hertfelder




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Los Chantas, the great tango quartet, now on our roster

Posted on September 15, 2014

Los Chantas are a New York-based tango ensemble, whose repertoire draws from the great Argentine tango traditions — from the guardia vieja to the present. The group, consisting of some of the finest interpreters of tango in the area, has been playing in milongas, clubs, theaters, and other venues in and around New York since its inception in 2002. With their virtuoso arrangements of songs by tango masters like Gardel, Troilo, Plaza, Salgán, Piazzolla, and others, Los Chantas brings the passion and beauty of tango music to life at the highest level.

DAVID HODGES, bandoneón
PEDRO GIRAUDO , double bass

Available for milongas, concerts, festivals, or a special treat at a cocktail reception. YOu don’t have to dance tango to appreciate this gorgeous music!

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A sad farewell to the great Octavio Brunetti

Posted on August 29, 2014

Octavio Brunetti Portrait by Sergio R Reyes

Our dear friend and great talent, Argentine pianist Octavio Brunetti died peacefully at 12:25am today, August 29th. His friends and family, colleagues, and anyone who met him were constantly touched by his tremendous humanity, and that makes the loss even greater.

It was our privilege to hear him perform many times during the eight years since he came to New York from Rosario, Argentina. He leaves behind a legacy of great music and much love.

Gracias, maestro, we will remember you always.

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Pedro Giraudo jazz events in Spring 2014

Posted on March 15, 2014

Acclaimed composer and bandleader, Argentine-born Pedro Giraudo has captivated audiences everywhere with his music. Full of passion and energy, upbeat rhythms and beautiful harmonies, the music grooves with Argentine underpinnings, masterfully weaving together pre-composed and improvised elements — and performed by some of the top instrumentalists on the jazz scene today. His two most recent CDs won top honors, two years in succession, in Latin Jazz Corner’s “Best Of” awards, and the latest, “Córdoba,” was the winner, best jazz album, Independent Music Awards Pop poll 2013.

The Pedro Giraudo “Expansions” Big Band will be at the Jazz Standard on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 with sets at 7:30 and 9:30 PM.

They’ll also perform in Sextet formation at the Kitano Hotel jazz room on Thursday, March 20, 2014, sets at 8:00 and 10:00 PM.

And on June 20, the Pedro Giraudo “Expansions” Big Band will be at ZincBar with an early set at 7:00 and a second set at 8:30 PM.


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Need a jingle in Brazilian Portuguese to run during World Cup?

Posted on January 16, 2014

Millions of eyes and ears will be tuning in during the World Cup in Brazil.  What’s the best way to record authentic Brazilian Portuguese for your jingle, so it can be seen and heard?  Our roster of Brazilian female and male vocalists can translate and record for you — either in New York or in Brazil.  More information, email Cantaloupe Music Productions president, <ellenazorin@gmail.com> or call us at 212-724-2400.

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World Cup Brazil! Have live Brazilian music at your NY event!

Posted on January 15, 2014

In June 2014, the World Cup returns to Brazil for the first time since 1950, and the media are full of everything Brazilian: not just the “futebol,” but all the excitement of Brazilian music and the exuberant spirit of Brazilian people.

Cantaloupe Music Productions, based in New York, is a music-booking agency that specializes in the best Brazilian music being performed by Brazilian artists in the Greater New York area. Whether hot samba, cool bossa nova, high energy carnaval, great percussion groups, forró, axé, choro. . . whether for large events, weddings, cocktail receptions, special celebrations, or small parties, Cantaloupe can bring the spirit of Brazil to any event. And we’ve never met anyone who didn’t love Brazilian music!

Not sure what kind of music is right for your event? For ideas, recommendations, specific bands or custom formations, call or email directly to founder and president, Ellen Azorin: 212-724-2400, <ellenazorin@gmail.com>.


(Here’s just one of the many great Brazilian bands on our roster! Check out the many styles of Brazilian music we offer!BelezaBrazil2006

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A month of “Music from the World of Orchids” at the NY Botanical Gardens Annual Orchid Show

Posted on February 25, 2013

The beauty of orchids is enhanced by the beauty of music from countries all over the word where orchids grow, at the NY Botanical Garden, starting March 2, 2013, Saturdays & Sundays, performances at 1 & 3 p.m. in Ross Hall.

Among the performers are:

March 9 & 10
Be transported to the historic cobblestoned streets of Lisbon and beyond by Nathalie and her ensemble, known as “Manhattan Camerata,” performing the melodic and soulful “national music” of Portugal, called fado. In her sweet, crystal clear voice packed with emotion, she sings this melodic, soulful, hauntingly beautiful music accompanied by virtuoso guitars.
And did you know. . .?  Portugal is home to the man orchid (Orchis anthropophora). The flowers on these orchids have a striking resemblance to little men.

March 16 & 17
Listen in on the musical traditions of Africa, performed by vocalist Kaïssa with poise and precision. Her vocal timbre invokes aural images of her native Cameroon and her music paints a lush, vivid picture of the ever-changing world around her. Her beautiful, powerful, yet silky voice sings out exuberant messages of joy, love, hope, and celebration.
And did you know. . .?  The 91 species of Satyrium occur mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar. The genus was given its name because the two spurs on the lip of the orchid reminded botanists of Satyr—the woodland demigod that was half man and half goat.

March 30, 31, & April 1
Enjoy some authentic Cuban Son music performed by a quartet from the ensemble Nu D’Lux, consisting of vocals, Conga, Cuban Tres guitar, bass, flute, and percussion. Their energy is irresistible and their sound incorporates Afro- Cuban and Afro-Puerto Rican vocal stylings, and they can groove from the sweetest Son to funky modern Cuban, Rumba, and Danzón. nudlux.com
And did you know. . .?  Tolumnia sylvestre is a dainty epiphytic orchid that grows on the branches of shrubs in Cuba. It was once thought to be a terrestrial orchid since it is often found growing in pine needle litter but it was discovered that the roots of the orchid did not penetrate the ground—it wraps its tiny roots around pine needles and sits above ground.

Celebrate the joyful spirit of Brazil, with its irresistible rhythms ranging from samba to choro to bossa nova. Brazilian guitarist Carlos Almeida and ensemble present this program of captivating, lively, and beautiful Brazilian music.
And did you know. . .?  Aganisia cyanea is a showy true blue orchid that grows in wet lowland rain forests of Brazil. During the monsoon season the orchid, which grows on lower sections of large trees, can be submerged in flood water for weeks without any harm.

To learn more about the Annual Orchid Show, visit nybg.org or call 718.817.8700. To learn more about any of the performers above, click on the links.

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Thoughts for Thanksgiving 2012, Ellen Azorin

Posted on November 21, 2012


Appreciate your losses.
Muse on them.
Hurt for them.
Cry for them.
And then, when you are done,
be thankful for them.
Remember who or what you’ve lost.
Re-live how they enriched your life
and what you might have been
if they had not been part of it.
Honor the losses.

Appreciate your mistakes.
Consider the many wrong roads taken,
the sidetracks, the dead ends,
and where you finally arrived.
Ponder all the lessons you might have missed
had you followed the straight and narrow.
Be glad you wandered.

Appreciate frustration, anger,
helplessness, anxiety, and despair.
Don’t run away, run towards them,
wallow in them,
wail about them—
you will always emerge
more powerful and prepared.
Understand the dark side.

Appreciate love,
even if it is past.
The obvious truth here:
if you’ve known it once,
you are capable of having it again.
Celebrate the possibilities.

Appreciate the light
that illuminates everything,
whether sunlight, moonlight,
a lamp or a candle,
or the first rays thrown against the back garden.
In the light, if you look hard enough,
you can always find beauty.
Turn your face skyward.

Appreciate yesterday.
It may have been tumultuous,
it may have been full of joy,
but it’s part of you now,
and if you don’t hold on to it,
you will need to reinvent yourself
over and over,
never growing larger in knowledge or spirit.
Embrace the past.

Appreciate tomorrow,
but do this carefully,
because you can’t know it
until it’s upon you,
and if you create it too soon
in your imperfect mind,
you lose the joy of surprise
and risk the sadness of disappointment.
Accept it as a mystery.
And savor today.

© Ellen Azorin, November 2012



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Dionísio Ferreira Santos: 1951-2012

Posted on February 24, 2012

DIONÍSIO FERREIRA SANTOS (violão and cavaquinho) grew up in Salvador, Bahia, but moved to Rio de Janeiro at age 18, where he played with the group Copa 7, Elimar Santos, Johnny Alf, Celeste, and numerous other bands. He spent several years living and performing in Europe, Africa and Scandinavia with, among other groups, Brasil Tropical. Returning to Rio, he became the guitarist and a composer/arranger for 9 years with the famous samba singer, Leci Brandão.

In 1998 he moved to New York and joined the samba/pagode group Grupo Saveiro, playing guitar and cavaquinho. Over the next years he performed with a broad spectrum of Brazilian musicians in the Greater New York/New Jersey area. He was master of every style of Brazilian music; besides samba, bossa nova, MPB and other genres, he particularly loved choro, and he become a member of the well-known Choro Ensemble in New York. His presence on the Brazilian music scene in New York was widely felt and admired.

He leaves behind three daughters in Brasil: Ava, Simone, and Tatiana, as well as a brother Rui, and two sisters Dionne and Zézé.

He was highly respected and dearly loved by those he worked with. A musical homenagem is planned for the near future, and those wishing to be kept informed should email to: cantaloupemusic@nyc.rr.com

We will miss him profoundly.

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Pedro Giraudo wins “2011 Latin Jazz Composition Of The Year”

Posted on December 27, 2011

As announced by Chp Boaz in The Latin Jazz Corner:

2011 Latin Jazz Composition Of The Year

“Pueblo [Village]”
Composed by Pedro Giraudo
(album) Córdoba [ZOHO Music]
Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra

In announcing the award, Chip Boaz observes:
“The ability to turn ideas into song and then translate that sound into meaning within a listener’s ears sits at the core of a composer’s task. It’s not an easy job – it’s a process that requires a complete understanding of your core concept, a wide range of musical tools to express your idea, and then the skill to create a product that will allow musicians to adequately execute your creation. Bassist Pedro Giraudo put all these pieces together into a multi-movement piece that drew together imagery from his hometown of Córdoba, colorful jazz harmony, rhythms from Argentina and beyond, as well as his distinctive approach to texture and arrangement. “Pueblo (Village)” clocks in at over 20 minutes and elegantly brings Giraudo’s ideas to the listener in an unforgettable listening experience that overflows with a power and expression that can’t be beat.”

The Latin Jazz Corner Best Of The Year Awards is an annual event fueled by the will of our readers – the winners are selected through a voting process open to LJC readers, Latin Jazz artists, Latin Jazz fans, and the general public. The voting for our fifth annual awards ran from December 8, 2011 – December 23, 2011 and drew over 20,000 participants from around the world.

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