Cumbia music? You’ve got to try it!

THE JAZZ CAFE, LONDON — If you’ve never heard (or even heard of) cumbia music, do yourself a favor and watch the video with this post! La Yegros ratchets up traditional cumbia music several notches into wild, driving rhythms and sounds that stir the soul and the body. But before you watch the video of…

Can Italians play the blues? You bet!

LONDON — Blindfolded listeners might swear they were listening to vintage American blues. Opening their eyes, they’d see Emanuele “Manny” Fizzotti, an exquisite Italian blues guitarist wowing blues-loving crowds all around London. The only thing that might have given Manny away as Italian at the Ain’t Nothin’ But Blues Bar in London May 9 would have…

Stunning, soaring solos from Ant Law

THE VORTEX, London — We’re talking solos that leave the audience slack-jawed in amazement, only to quickly recover and roar with applause. The Ant Law Quintet is awesome together and but monstrously mind-boggling in their solos. When I got to the Vortex, one of Downbeat magazine’s top 150 jazz venues in the world, a flea could not…