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THE GREAT CUBAN ENCOUNTER +35: CHAPTER 3: “THE DEAL ”

DISCLAIMER

Catro did not greet us, not even an acknowledgment, at anytime during our visit.  not so much as a note of welcome, official or otherwise.  i know he liked jazz, at least the Afro-Cuban variety.  (Latin-jazz? see my blog on that subject.  NARAS take note.)

sadly, i did not travel with Dizzy Gillespie to the home of the late congero Chano Pozo, or to any other abodes such as those of members of the Cuban Ensemble known as Irakere.  the CubaTour busses did get to the Hemmingway House, or so i was told.

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GIL EVANS @ 100: “SVENGALI” LIVES!

COMPOSER/ARRANGER/BANDLEADER/KEYBOARDIST/INNOVATOR IS FETED IN NYC.

it’s early 1976.  i would be interviewing for Down Beat one of the  great heroes of this music in his loft apartment in the former Western Electric laboratory and warehouse in the Far West Village called Westbeth.  (the “Beth part is for Bethune St.)  Gil Evans lives here with his family, wife Anita and sons Noah and Miles, the former named for a naval officer of note; the latter for a navigator of other notes.  i am all atwitter.

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THE GREAT CUBAN ENCOUNTER + 35: CHAPTER 2

PASSAGE TO HAVANA

at this point in time (May 2012)  musicians casually mention they have been to Cuba.  some understate that they have made the trip several times.  it’s so much easier now to get there from Canada and Florida.  i understand there are charters from Texas as well.

the key word is “charter.”  the visits have to be planned group excursions either for charity or religious groups.  the Greek Registry S.S. Daphne got there without any of that.  of course we had the credentials from the Prez. although the spirit of Lester Young was aboard is was the other Pres Jimmy Carter who, shall we say, “sponsored” us,

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