Sunday, December 15, 2019

Arturo Sandoval to Be Honored By President Obama

President Obama named sixteen people, including Grammy award-winning jazz musician Arturo Sandoval, for the Presidential Medal of Freedom today. Born in Cuba and later defecting to the U.S. in 1990, Sandoval is a well-known trumpeter, pianist and composer in both countries. As a protégé of the late Dizzy Gillespie, another famous jazz musician, Sandoval contributed […]

Remembering the late Jenni Rivera: ‘La Diva de la Banda’

The tragedy that struck the Mexican music community early Sunday morning when 43-year-old Mexican singer Jenni Rivera’s plane crashed in Mexico, shortly after takeoff. There seems to be no evidence of survivors at the crash site, a ranch in the state of Nuevo León, close to Monterrey. Authorities have not confirmed her death, but her […]

How Music Helps Shape Latino Identity

Jorge Andrés Herrera, an adjunct professor at California State University – Fullerton, says that music plays an important role in shaping Latino identity, and can transform and affect Latino culture. Herrera, who teaches Chicano Studies courses and is a Ph.D. candidate at UCLA, studies ethnomusicology, the study of how music influences and affects culture, and […]