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Aguabella Latin Jazz Band are flamekeepers

While we love to feature the all-time greats of music on WEMU, we also look for deserving unknown ensembles, such as The Aguabella Latin Jazz Band which received their CD premiere for “Baker: Gateway To Death Valley”  this morning.  We had actually played many of these musicians before when they were in the band led by the late, great conga player, Francisco Aguabella.  Today they keep Aguabella’s legacy alive.  Now you know how they found their beautiful name. 

Based around Pasadena, California, Aguabella features some of the west coast’s finest contemporary Latin jazz players under the direction of saxophonist Benn Clatworthy.    Clatworthy’s arrangements take full advantage of the harmonies between bright trumpet, deep saxophone and slippery trombone licks.  Percussionists Christian Moraga and Jorge Carbonell provide the proper musical punctuation marks for Clatworthy’s challenging melodies.  We’ll be providing Aguabella on the WEMU playlist for a while.  Enjoy!

Linda Yohn simply cannot remember a day in her life that was not filled with music. Her early life was full of changes as the daughter of a well-respected cancer research scientist who moved his family about, but one thing was constant: the love of music instilled by her mother. So, when it seemed life was too hard to bear, young Linda would listen to her radio, play her guitar, dance her heart out and sing at the top of her lungs. So, it isn’t so strange that “older” Linda still does all those things!
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