February 2012

Monthly Archive

Video of the Week

Posted by on 26 Feb 2012 | Tagged as: Video


Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra featuring Juan and Peter Michael Escovedo

Posted by on 25 Feb 2012 | Tagged as: Music

Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra featuring Juan and Peter Michael Escovedo

Dmitriou’s Jazz Alley
February 23-26, 2012

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes Latin Jazz Timbalero Pete Escovedo, featuring Juan and Peter Michael Escovedo for four nights! Band members are Pete Escovedo (leader, timbales), Juan Escovedo (Congas), Peter Michael Escovedo (drums), Joe Rotondi (piano), Michael Alvarado (guitar), Marc Van Wageningen (bass), Mario Gonzales (trumpet), Doug Beavers (trombone), Kerry Loeschen (trombone) and George Shelby (saxophone, flute). Set times Thursday and Sunday at 7:30pm. Set times Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm on Thursday and 5:30pm Friday – Sunday.

Legendary Percussionist Pete Escovedo broke down the barriers between Smooth Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz and contemporary music. Born in Pittsburg, CA, July 13, 1935, he began his musical journey while attending high school in Oakland, CA. At the age of sixteen, he began playing the saxophone and then discovered percussion which became his love of rhythm and his dream of playing Latin Jazz music.

After performing with various bands, in 1960 Pete and his brothers, Coke and Phil Escovedo formed the “Escovedo Brothers Latin Jazz Band.” In 1970 Pete and Coke formed the band “Azteca” that toured the United States with Stevie Wonder and The Temptations. They recorded two albums on Columbia records which are now considered collectors items, “Azteca” and “Pyramid of the Moon.” In 1972 Pete toured and performed with the Carlos Santana band and recorded three major albums, “Moonflower”, “Oneness” and “Inner Secrets.” Pete’s versatility as a Percussionist has been featured in performances and recordings by a wide range of artists such as Carlos Santana, Tito Puente, Herbie Hancock, Anita Baker, Al Jarreau, Arturo Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez, Chick Corea, and the list goes on.

Cuba Travel Article in National Geographic Traveler Magazine

Posted by on 22 Feb 2012 | Tagged as: Cuba

Check out the recent article on travel to Cuba in National Geographic Traveler magazine, March/April 2012. The author, James Vlahos, experiences Cuba by taking dance lessons and attending concerts. Sound familar?


Century Ballroom’s 15th Anniversary, Feb. 24-26

Posted by on 20 Feb 2012 | Tagged as: Events, Music

Century Ballroom is celebrating its 15th Anniversary over three days with 3 bands, 20 performances and 25 DJ’s in multiple rooms with Salsa, Swing, and Tango.

Only $5 each night and dinner packages are available.  Come celebrate one of the most successful, longest running salsa venues in Seattle which has hosted many bands, performers, and DJ’s over the last 15 years.

Orquestra Zarabanda, DJ Thomas and many others will be performing on Friday night, 2/24.

Video of the Week

Posted by on 19 Feb 2012 | Tagged as: Video


Cuban Fiesta – Salsa Dance Party alo Cubano !

Posted by on 17 Feb 2012 | Tagged as: Cuba, Culture, Events, Instruction, Music, Social

It’s Time !! The Party is ON ! Timba!Salsa!Reggaeton!Bachata!Fiesta!Party!Dancing!Casino! Saturday March 3rd in Vancouver Canada, Get you dance shoes on ! Dj Baracoa ( yours truly ) will be the guest of Julio Montero and the crew from Vancouver Canada. Julio returning fr…om Paris is hosting his long awaited and anticipated Cuban Fiesta. Doors open at 8:30 PM DJ Barcoa in the House premira ves in Vancouver- with new music from the Island and all the good stuff !!! You don’t want to miss this. Location: Creekside Centre at the Olympic Village 1 Athletes Way Vancouver BC CANADA ! cOVER $10 (CANADIAN jaja no CUC)
see you there 🙂 I’M BACK…WATCH OUT !!!

Afro-Cuban Folkloric Dance with Jose Carrion

Posted by on 15 Feb 2012 | Tagged as: Instruction

Afro-Cuban Folkloric Dance with Jose Carrion
Friday, February 17, 1:30 p.m.
Shift Movement and Healing Arts
3517 Stoneway N., Seattle

Contact: Janelle Campoverde Janelle@sambadance.com

With live drumming, Jose will teach the folkloric manifestations of Afro-Franco-Haitian-Cuban origin found primarily in Cuba’s Eastern (Oriente) provinces. You will learn dances from Jose that are not often taught in the states from a dancer of extreme elegance.

José Alfredo Carrión, born in Santiago de Cuba, began his career as a professional dancer when he was invited to join the Ballet Folklórico Cutumba in 1980 at the age of 17. After only 3 years of hard work, José was recognized as a “primer bailarín.” The following year, in 1984, after an evaluation by a national panel of Cuba’s most distinguished specialists in music and dance, José was honored with the title of professor and specialist in Cuban dance. In 1999, after almost 20 years of being a soloist for the dance troupe, José became Cutumba’s principal dancer.

Over the years, multi-talented José has also contributed to Cutumba as a choreographer, percussionist and researcher. José’s choreographies include Guiro para Elegguá, Baile Campesino, Son Tradicional and Fin de Fiesta, which are currently performed together as Fiesta Cubana. He has played percussion in a number of Cutumba productions and can be heard on several recordings including Ritmos Cubafricanos Volumes 1 and 2, which he co-produced.

As a professor, José has trained generations of dancers, many of whom still perform with Cutumba, others who continue their work as dancers abroad. Besides teaching professionals, José has a tremendous amount of experience working with children and young adults. He has taught extensively in Cuba’s school system in the primary schools, high schools and universities. José has also brought the joy of music and dance to children with special needs.

José traveled extensively during his years with Cutumba. He has performed and given workshops in many different countries including England, Scotland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Guadeloupe & Martinique, Surinam, Canada and the US.

Invited by Chuck Davis to perform in the DanceAfrica festivals of 2002, José had the opportunity to teach in several schools and community centers in Chicago, Philadelphia and NY. In July 2004, as a guest of Groupe de Danse Mondial of Montreal, Quebec, José taught members of Philadelphia-based Kulu Mele African American Dance Ensemble in an intensive workshop which included an original choreography “Jugando with Elegguá.” José has given master dance classes at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the Center for Creative Education in Stone Ridge, NY and Columbia College Chicago. In October, 2005, he was the artist-in-residency at Williams College in Massachusetts.

After 25 years of researching, collecting, conserving, revitalizing & presenting the folkloric manifestations of Afro-Franco-Haitian-Cuban origin found primarily in Cuba’s Eastern (Oriente) provinces, José has retired from Cutumba. In April 2005, he moved to Seattle where he and his wife Naomi currently co-direct the Academy of Cuban Folklore and Dance. Soon after his arrival in the US, José founded ¡Todo Folklore Cubano! This Seattle-based dance company performed at the opening ceremony of the World Rhythm Festival just a few weeks after it’s formation. ¡Todo Folklore Cubano! has continued to be extremely well-received at a variety of events including the most recent Northwest Folklife Festival where many deemed the performance to be “best of festival”.

Video of the Week

Posted by on 12 Feb 2012 | Tagged as: Video


Volunteer Sign Up and Open Meeting Summary

Posted by on 06 Feb 2012 | Tagged as: Admin, Practice

The January 29 open meeting resulted in a plan to improve the Sunday practica. Click the following link to download the summary of the meeting and plan: Outcome_of_Jan29_2012_open_meeting.

The plan requires volunteer support in the form of several working committees. Some are “one-time” committees whose duties will be mainly completed this spring. Others are ongoing. Here’s a list of the committees. Click the following link to download the sign-up sheet which lists the complete duties for each committee: committee sign up.

Ongoing Committees

  • Practica Scheduling and Blog Update Committee
  • Music Committee

Short-term Committees

  • Guidelines and Peer Teaching Guidance Committee
  • Etiquette Committee
  • Advanced Practice Committee

I will bring the committee sign up sheets to practica the next few Sundays. If you would like to be on a committee but won’t be at practica, please email me at betsygeller (all one word) at gmail. Folks have definitely already shown an interest in serving on committees and making this plan work!  (I’ve posted the blank sheets here so as not to publicizing volunteers’ contact info.)

White the duties for each committee are set, the committees will determine exactly how they fulfill those duties. If you want to serve on an ongoing committee but only for a short term, please don’t hesitate to sign up–we’ll make it work.

Video of the Week

Posted by on 05 Feb 2012 | Tagged as: Video


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