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Pianist Eddie Palmieri is a true Latin-music visionary

Born in Spanish Harlem in 1936, nine-time Grammy winner Eddie Palmieri is undeniably the preeminent worldwide ambassador for Latin American…

May 10th, 2016 | | Articles
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The oral history of Eddie Palmieri’s Harlem River Drive

New York’s Harlem River Drive is a dividing line, a highway where the rich zip past the poor, says singer…

April 18th, 2016 | | Features
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The Pharcyde Labcabincalifornia 20th Anniversary Mixtape

On November 14, 1995, West Coast rap group the Pharcyde released the sublime LP Labcabincalifornia. It was the follow-up to…

November 17th, 2015 | | Mixtape
Nina Simone

Natural Fact: The Nina Simone Story

Nina Simone had no filter. She spoke with candor about civil rights when many in her position didn’t dare. She sang about uncomfortable subjects and made sure her audiences understood what those songs were really about. Whether due to the demons that haunted her or the overpowering desire for social justice that burned deep in her heart, Simone always told the goddam truth.

June 25th, 2015 | | Features
Cal Tjader. Photo by Chuck Stewart.

Vibraphonist Cal Tjader was one of the first American jazz musicians to embrace Latin music

  On July 16, 1925, while on a vaudeville tour in St. Louis, Missouri, Victoria Tjader gave birth to a…

July 16th, 2014 | | Articles
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João Donato steered Brazilian music in new directions

  Where’s João Donato? It’s a frequently asked question, referring simultaneously to the physical location and the musical moment he…

July 9th, 2014 | | Articles
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Chico Hamilton was the quintessential jazz drummer

Percussionist and jazz legend Chico Hamilton passed away on November 26, 2013. He was ninety-two. The following article was written for Wax Poetics Issue 23, June/July 2007.

November 27th, 2013 | | Articles
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Issue 49

Eddie Palmieri / Lowrider Oldies / Fania & Alegre All-Stars / Cal Tjader / Harlem River Drive / Speed Records

November 15th, 2011 | | Wax Poetics Magazine

Gypsy King

Gábor Szabó was born in Budapest, Hungary, on March 8, 1936. Largely self-taught, Szabó blended jazz, pop-rock, and his native…

March 8th, 2011 | | Today in History
Willie Bobo

Music to Watch Girls By

Today would have been Latin jazz legend Willie Bobo’s seventy-seventh birthday.

February 28th, 2011 | | Today in History
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  Purchase Wax Poetics Issue 65 now!   Features: A Tribe Called Quest Wax Poetics Issue 65 is going back to…

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