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Yasek Manzano: Jazz From Havana's Streets on World Cafe | September 27, 2012

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All month, World Cafe invites listeners to discover the music of Havana, Cuba, with the series Sense of Place.

There's no better place to start an exploration of Cuban jazz than with the music of exciting young trumpeter Yasek Manzano. Manzano started playing the trumpet when he was 9, and by the time he was 14, he was working with Bobby Carcasses, who launched the Jazz Plaza Festival in Havana in 1980. At 17, Manzano studied under (and played alongside) the legendary Wynton Marsalis; since then, Marzano has recorded at Abdala, one of Havana's most well-appointed studios.

Here, Manzano talks to World Cafe about how traditional Cuban music is learned on the streets; and how, despite jazz influences coming from abroad, it's musicians' home turf that really shapes them. He draws comparisons to New Orleans, where musicians also learn through oral tradition rather than in a conservatory.

Before hearing from Manzano, host David Dye sits down with Latin Roots contributor Aaron Luis Levinson to discuss the history of Cuban jazz, with an emphasis on descargas, or jam sessions. (link.)


(( )) for interlude music

Hour 1

Kirsty MacColl "My Affair" Electric Landlady
Israel Lopez Cachao "Descarga Cubana" Descargas Cubanas
Chocolate Armenteros "Toma Chocolate" Cuban Masters: Los Originales
Bebo Valdes "Descarga Del Bebo" Bebo Valdes: The Greatest Hits
((Israel Lopez Cachao "Descarga Cubana" Descargas Cubanas))
Yasek Manzano "CongoBronx" CongoBronx
((Chocolate Armenteros "Toma Chocolate" Cuban Masters: Los Originales))
Calexico "Sinner in the Sea" Algiers
Joe Henry "Stop" Scar
Delta Rae "Bottom of the River" Carry the Fire
The Staple Singers "The Weight" Best of The Staple Singers

Hour 2

New Radicals "You Get What You Give" You Get What You Give
Yeasayer "Longevity" Fragrant World
Gomez "See the World" How We Operate
Tim Maia "Que Beleza" The Existential Soul of Tim Maia
Paul Simon "Late in the Evening" One Trick Pony
((Here We Go Magic "Only Pieces" Here We Go Magic))
David Wax Museum "Will You Be Sleeping" Knock Knock Get UP
Mumford & Sons "I Will Wait" Babel
The Velvet Underground "Rock & Roll" The Best of The Velvet Underground
Ian Hunter & The Rant Band "When I'm President" When I'm President
((Jim Noir "Tell Me What To Do" Tower of Love))
St. Vincent & David Byrne "Who" Love This Giant
Broken Bells "The High Road" Broken Bells
XTC "Senses Working Overtime" English Settlement
The Lumineers "Stubborn Love" The Lumineers
((The Bees "She is Gone" High Society))