Felix Contreras http://wunc.org en Irene Diaz: Tiny Desk Concert http://wunc.org/post/irene-diaz-tiny-desk-concert The first time I heard it, Irene Diaz's voice stopped me cold: Her sheer power belies her compact stature, and her musical impact is simply immense. With her musical partner Carolyn Cardoza strumming away intently on ukulele, Diaz conjures a place where emotions run deep and beauty is unmistakable. Sat, 09 Aug 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 40442 at http://wunc.org Irene Diaz: Tiny Desk Concert Quetzal: Tiny Desk Concert http://wunc.org/post/quetzal-tiny-desk-concert The Southern California band Quetzal recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a blowout concert that seemed to attract as many musicians as regular people. The band has maintained such a strong presence in the SoCal Chicano music scene that its members could be considered <em>padrinos</em> and<em> padrinas</em> of that free-flowing musical community.<p>Quetzal is respected and admired as much for its commitment to social justice, activism and education — lead singer Martha Gonzalez has a Ph.D — as for its folk-infused music, which gets a marvelous showcase in this Tiny Desk Concert. Sat, 02 Aug 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 40063 at http://wunc.org Quetzal: Tiny Desk Concert Ethereal Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Dies http://wunc.org/post/ethereal-jazz-singer-jimmy-scott-dies Singer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15395174/little-jimmy-scott" target="_blank">Jimmy Scott</a> died of natural causes Thursday morning at his home in Las Vegas at age 88, according to his booking agent, Jean-Pierre Leduc. <p>Scott suffered from Kallmann's syndrome, a lifelong affliction that prevented his body from maturing through puberty. The condition slowed his growth, leaving his stature at 4 feet 11 inches until his late 30s. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 37256 at http://wunc.org Ethereal Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Dies Remembering Armando Peraza, An Afro-Cuban Percussion Giant http://wunc.org/post/remembering-armando-peraza-afro-cuban-percussion-giant It's hard to imagine a musical career that included musicians as varied as Charlie Parker, Peggy Lee, George Shearing and Carlos Santana. But such was hand percussionist Armando Peraza's resumé after almost 70 years making music.<p>A boyhood friend of Mongo Santamaria, Peraza was part of the first wave of Cuban drummers to arrive in the U.S. in the late 1940s, bringing authentic Afro-Cuban rhythms to pop music and jazz. His last full-time gig was with Carlos Santana, with whom he toured and recorded for nearly three decades. Thu, 01 May 2014 19:08:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 34783 at http://wunc.org Remembering Armando Peraza, An Afro-Cuban Percussion Giant Federico Aubele: Tiny Desk Concert http://wunc.org/post/federico-aubele-tiny-desk-concert Argentine singer-songwriter <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121339085">Federico Aubele</a> uses his dark, husky voice to produce a specific effect in the three songs he performs at this Tiny Desk Concert: Together, they jell into one impressionistic midtempo ballad.<p>A voice like Aubele's could be restrictive: His lower register seems to always reflect something dark and lonely. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:48:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 34182 at http://wunc.org Federico Aubele: Tiny Desk Concert Sofia Rei: Tiny Desk Concert http://wunc.org/post/sofia-rei-tiny-desk-concert A drum from the Argentine Pampas fuels the music of Sofia Rei in this video: The way Franco Pinna has it incorporated into a traditional drum set serves as a musical metaphor for the music Rei performs alongside Pinna and guitarist/bassist JC Maillard.<p>Rei carries the accent and spirit of her native Argentina in her jazz-infused vocals. She's successfully carved out a spot for herself within a small and exclusive group of vocalists from Latin America who, after spending their formative years in their own countries, came to the U.S. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 13:03:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 30980 at http://wunc.org Sofia Rei: Tiny Desk Concert La Santa Cecilia: Tiny Desk Concert http://wunc.org/post/la-santa-cecilia-tiny-desk-concert <a href="http://www.npr.org/search/index.php?searchinput=la+santa+cecilia">La Santa Cecilia</a> spreads joy every time its members plug in to do a show. They do it one dance step at a time, with cumbias, corridos, elegant mambos and plain old rock 'n' roll.<p>I first saw La Santa Cecilia perform in an Austin, Texas, parking lot about five years ago. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 19:19:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 27489 at http://wunc.org La Santa Cecilia: Tiny Desk Concert